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Now it's Captain Tom the Movie


Now it's Captain Tom the Movie: Clint Eastwood, Anthony Hopkins and Michael Caine are in the running to play the 100-year-old hero who raised nearly £ 33m for NHS

  • According to sources, Captain Tom has been approached by several producers for film
  • The fundraiser included Michael Cane and Clint Eastwood
  • According to reports, the veteran also agreed to a two-part documentary series with ITV

Captain Tom Moore could see his life in the cinemas as soon as conversations begin to make a film about his extraordinary past.

The fresh fundraiser, 100, has been approached by several producers and studios about a possible movie after raising nearly £ 33m for the NHS, The Sun reported on Sunday.

The candidates for the representation of the national hero include Hollywood stars Clint Eastwood (90), Michael Caine (87), Anthony Hopkins (82) and Dick Van Dyke (94).

The film would document Captain Tom's impressive military career during World War II, along with his recent fundraisers.

Captain Tom Moore (pictured with his medal after being knighted on July 17) could see his life in the cinemas as soon as conversations begin to make a film about his extraordinary past

Pictured: Sir Michael Caine

Pictured: Clint Eastwood

Hollywood star Clint Eastwood (right) and Michael Caine (left) are candidates for the national hero.

An insider said, "His story is the stuff of Hollywood films. His recent exploits are not only remarkable, but he has seen and done so much as a World War II hero in India and Burma.

"Nothing has been signed – the family is still overwhelmed with all the support."

Captain Tom has also reportedly agreed to make a two-part documentary with ITV.

The source added: & # 39; The Documentary was agreed. These are exciting times.

"He pinches the options he has."

Captain Tom was knighted by the Queen earlier this month after raising £ 33m for NHS charities while the corona virus was blocked.

He was also the oldest person in Britain to have a number 1 hit when he performed a replay of "You Will Never Go Alone" with Michael Ball.

Captain Tom was knighted by the Queen earlier this month after raising £ 33m for NHS charities while the corona virus was blocked

Captain Tom was knighted by the Queen earlier this month after raising £ 33m for NHS charities while the corona virus was blocked

Pictured: Anthony Hopkins

Pictured: Dick Van Dyke

Actors Anthony Hopkins (82) (left) and Dick Van Dyke (94) (right) are also reportedly in the running for Captain Tom

The veteran, who served in India and Burma, had planned to raise £ 1,000 by running 100 laps of his garden in the village of Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, before his 100th birthday on April 30th.

But his efforts met with a national feeling, and praise and donations flooded in. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the veteran provided us with a beacon through the corona virus fog and recommended that we be knighted.

Captain Tom was knighted on July 17th by the Queen, who arrived straight from the wedding of her granddaughter Princess Beatrice in an unprecedented personal ceremony.

The veteran said receiving the knighthood during the open air ceremony was a “wonderful day”. He added: "You can never imagine what it is like to be so close to the Queen, who is an absolute dream of a person."

When asked what it means for Her Majesty to rarely appear in public during the coronavirus crisis, he said: "We were very amused and to have this honor is really something very special."

“It was absolutely amazing that she bothered to come out on this one occasion. It was absolutely superb and it is impossible to give her all the thanks I feel for the honor she gave me when she came out in the sun yesterday. It was really a great day and she was really a wonderful person. & # 39;

He later said that despite his new title, Her Majesty, he still preferred to be known as Captain Tom rather than Sir Tom.

"I'm still Captain Tom," he said to BBC Breakfast. "I think it's easy. People will remember, just Captain Tom, or if we get a little closer, just Tom. & # 39;

From Yorkshire to India: Colonel Tom Moore's military career

Colonel Tom pictured in World War II. Boris Johnson described him as a national treasure during the Covid 19 crisis after raising nearly £ 33m for the NHS

Colonel Tom pictured in World War II. Boris Johnson described him as a national treasure during the Covid 19 crisis after raising nearly £ 33m for the NHS

Captain Tom Moore was drafted into the British Army in June 1940 at the age of 20 along with all men aged 20 to 35.

He began his military career in Otley, West Yorkshire, where he joined the 8th Battalion, the Duke of Wellington's regiment under Lieutenant Lord George Saville.

The regiment was sent to Wadebridge, Cornwall to be charged with coastal defense during a predicted German invasion.

A young Captain Moore was soon promoted to the corporal and sent to the officer cadet training unit at Droitwich Spa.

Here he celebrated his 21st birthday after he died as a second lieutenant.

In August 1941, he was sent to the DWR headquarters in Halifax, where he joined the 9th Battalion in Winchcombe.

The infantry battalion then converted to a tank regiment 146th Royal Armored Corp, though that The majority of the soldiers could not drive.

In October the unit was moved to Bombay, now Mumbai, in India. The trip took six weeks by sea, with a four-day delay in Freetown, Sierra Leone and a four-day stopover in Cape Town.

Captain Moore then took a train from Bombay to Poona before arriving in Kirkee, a city now known as Khadki.

The 9th DWR formed the 50th Indian tank brigade under the command of Brigadier Schreiber.

Captain Moore was then asked by the brigadier to start a motorcycle course for the brigade because he had expertise in the sport.

The brigade was then instructed to move to Calcutta – the road trip was in a monsoon and lasted three weeks.

His battalion was stationed in the Lohardaga district near Ranchi.

They then took part in two exercises in the Arakan before moving further east and south to Yangon.

Captain Moore was then sent on a course at the approved vehicle depot in Bovington, England.

He stayed here as an instructor until it was closed.

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