It also gives the wrong impression to a whole new generation of people who watch the film and take it as being what went on.'What angered me most was the portrayal of the other SAS men.They all come across as grunting simple-minded men who can't string a sentence together.The televised raid was the first time the British public had ever seen the Special Forces soldiers in action and elevated them to superstar status.
A second hostage was shot dead by the gunmen and two others seriously wounded.'When they do speak they all seem to have Scottish accents. Those taking part were all excellent, highly trained soldiers.'In real life the siege began when a group of six gunmen stormed into the Iranian embassy in South Kensington, London, on April 30th 1980.BBC cameraman Sim Harris was captured scurrying to safety, jumping over a balcony, while smoke billowed from the building after a curtain caught fire.What was unseen by cameras were the other teams – including Horsfall and Firmin - sweeping through the building in a race to free the hostages before they were shot.