Storyline & Chapters
Directed by John Hough
Produced by Kent Walwin & Pom Oliver
Screenplay written by John Groves & Kent Walwin, based on
characters by Captain W. E. Johns
World premiere 22 May 1986
Length 88 minutes.
'Biggles' features John Deacon's first, and to date only, solo
effort. The track, 'No
Turning Back', was written by John and Robert Ahwai, and
performed by The Immortals, which featured Lenny Zakatek on
vocals. The song was released as a single, together with
instrumental and extended versions, in 1986.
The film contains three versions of the track:
- Two instrumental versions, lengths 1:23 and 0:17, appear
during the product launch scenes, at approximately 11:25
and 20:50. They seem to be derived from the normal
instrumental version, although it is hard to tell due to
the film dialogue.
- A 2:32 edit of the single version is heard over the end
credits. This version fades out over about 5 seconds,
just before the instrumental section begins. It also
begins with a slightly different sound effect, which ties
in with the film.
The DVD release also adds two further versions:
- The photo gallery features a 1:58 edit of the version
heard over the credits, which fades out before the
'visions I have seen' verse.
- The promo video uses the normal single version, but
features Peter Cushing right at the end, saying 'I'm a
restless sort of guy'. It features the band in full
The film also features a short, 13 second
instrumental edit of 'Another
One Bites The Dust'. This appears on the DVD at 28:51.
Jim Ferguson (Alex Hyde White)
Colonel William Raymond (Peter Cushing) (his last role)
Debbie Stevens (Fiona Hutchison)
Chuck (William Hootkins) [who also appeared in 'Flash Gordon']
Captain James 'Biggles' Bigglesworth (Neil Dickson)
Bertie (James Saxon)
Algy (Michael Siberry)
Ginger (Daniel Flynn)
Marie (Francesca Gonshaw)
Eric Von Stalhein (Marcus Gilbert) [Biggles' arch-enemy]
The film is set in New York and London in 1986 and on the Western
Front in Europe, 1917. The basic plot is that Biggles and Jim
Ferguson are 'time twins' - each one is transported in time when
the other is in great danger. The chapters here refer to the 2003
UK DVD release.
- Do You Want To Be A Hero?
Opening titles. Jim returns home to his flat.
- Correct Time
Jim is visited by Captain William Raymond, who asks him
if it has happened yet. William leaves, and Jim starts to
prepare a speech when he is transported in time to the
Western front, 1917.
- Wrong Time
Biggles plane crashes, and Jim helps him to escape before
it explodes. They are then attacked by a German plane and
Jim is teleported back to his flat.
- Present Tense
At his work in America, Jim is visited by William
Raymond, who asks him about a camera, and Jim tells him
that it was lost when the plane exploded.
- One Way Mission
At a product launch party, Jim is teleported back to 1917
and goes with Biggles to photograph a new German weapon
from the plane. They are attacked by a German plane but
manage to lose it.
- Secret Weapon
The Germans use the new weapon to try to make Biggles
crash, but they escape by flying out of range and land
safely. Jim is teleported back to the party, still
holding the photograph, and goes to London to see William
- Time Twin
Jim meets William Raymond at Tower Bridge, and learns
about Biggles and that they are 'time twins'. Jim gives
William the photograph of the new weapon, and William
gives Jim army kit for the next mission.
- What's Going On
In America, Jim's work colleagues Debbie and Chuck decide
to fly to London to find Jim.
Jim is teleported to a nunnery and is discovered by
Biggles, Algy, Ginger and Bertie. They meet Marie, a
former German spy who betrayed her country to save
Biggles. She reveals a map and a plan for the German
weapon. They are all surrounded by Germans and captured,
except Jim who is dressed as a nun.
Biggles, Ginger, Algy and Bertie are to be executed by
firing squad, but Jim causes a distraction allowing them
- Mixed Up
Jim is teleported back to London, dressed as a nun, as
Debbie and Chuck arrive. He talks to Debbie about the
time travel, and they are both teleported back to 1917.
- No Place For A Lady
The trenches are attacked by Germans, so Biggles and
everyone flee down a tunnel and through a cave system, to
try to reach the weapon.
- Weapons Test
The group find the weapon, but hear the Germans and are
eventually captured. Debbie sprays Mace at a German
guard, allowing them to escape as an alarm sounds. They
hide in a bunker as the secret weapon is used, which
produces a high pitched noise. When they leave the
bunker, they discover the smouldering remains of soldiers
- Cleared Out
The group are attacked by a German sniper, so Biggles,
Algy, Ginger and Bertie go to find him. Meanwhile, more
Germans arrive, so Jim shoots at them. He and Debbie are
teleported back to London, still shooting at the police.
- On The Run
Jim runs away from the police. A helicopter chases and
shoots at him, and Biggles is suddenly teleported to save
him. They both go to see William Raymond at the Tower
Biggles talks to William Raymond about the developed
photograph, time travel, and the German's sound weapon.
- Fly Anything
Biggles and Jim leave the tower, and steal the police
helicopter. They are teleported, in the helicopter, back
to the Western front.
- World War I Helicopter
The helicopter is chased by a German plane, and they
eventually lose it. They find Bertie, Algy and Ginger,
then leave to find the secret weapon.
- Fight Sound With Sound
Biggles and Jim fly towards the sound weapon, and use the
helicopter's microphone and speaker to destroy it using
it's own sound.
- Victory Run
Jim and Biggles return to the trenches, victorious.
- Convent Rescue
Ginger, Algy and Bertie go to the nunnery to attack the
Germans. They have a shoot-out, kill the Germans, and go
inside. More Germans arrive, but so too do Jim and
Biggles in the helicopter, and they kill the Germans.
Another German plane arrives and shoots Marie, before
Biggles throws a grenade which explodes the plane. Inside
the nunnery, Marie eventually recovers
- All's Well That Ends Well
Jim is teleported back to London, and is arrested for
shooting the police. William Raymond intervenes, using
his special agent card. Jim marries Debbie, but
mid-service he is teleported to New Guinea, where
Biggles, Algy, Ginger and Bertie are tied up and about to
be killed. Jim helps them to escape, and then the end
- Original Film Trailer (2:03)
- The Making Of The Film (24:52) : featuring interviews,
recording footage and film footage
- TV Trailer (0:10)
- TV Trailer (0:20)
- Photo Gallery (1:58) : features 'No Turning Back', and
photographs of the original video release and the cast
- 'No Turning Back' music video (3:51)
- Computer Game Trailer (2:01)
- 'Saturday Superstore' TV Review (3:40)
- 'Blue Peter' TV Excerpt (11:00)