Anyone interested in an absorbing wartime spy story, particularly devotees of 1950s British cinema, should not miss the digitally remastered version of "The Man Who Never Was" on blu-ray. The excellent restoration, in original 2.35.1 aspect ratio and with decent LPCM audio, constitutes the best presentation of this minor classic for home entertainment.
Based on a real military operation, the plot concerns the ingenious use of a dead man, given the identity of a Royal Marines officer, to deceive the Germans about allied intentions before the invasion of Sicily in 1943. So is created Major William Martin and his story goes on from there. The actual operation, codenamed "Mincemeat," was conceived from an idea suggested by a young naval intelligence lieutenant named Ian Fleming, who went on later to write the James Bond novels.
Clifton Webb, as Lt. Commander Montagu, leads a strong cast of British character actors along with a coldly smooth Stephen Boyd as an Irish enemy agent and Gloria Graeme, the love interest. A taut, suspenseful screenplay by Nigel Balchin is expertly directed by Ronald Neame. Watch for some great views of post-war London.