THE FUGITIVE KING

1958 FILM - THE MOONRAKER

Introduction History Timetable of escape Guide to locations Paintings Boscobel Tracts The Civil War Film The Monarch's Way
 
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A film called The Moonraker was made in 1958 based on the final days of the escape. Most of the action is fictional although some references will be recognised by those familiar with the historical record (e.g. Part 1 - 10:05 - 10:25). Not a buckle goes unswashed in this rip-roaring, rampaging, rollicking, riotous, roisterous, rumbustious, rowdy, romantic, royalist romp.

The main hero is not the King but the fictional Earl of Dawlish, a nobleman who facilitates the King's escape. He is known as The Moonraker, because he smuggles Royalists to France - apparently, moonraker is an archaic word for smuggler.

From personal knowledge, I can say that the scene that commences at Part 1 10:25 was filmed at Besalú, Spain. One  brief appearance that caught my eye was John le Mesurier playing Cromwell (Part 1 11:15).

The film can be seen below. The password is Monarch.

 

PART 1

 

PART 2