Re-living the horror

Last Update: 03 August 1998

Andy McNab's response to watching his traumatic ordeal being dramatised has not been one of shock-horror, but there have been scenes he has chosen to avoid. "I didn't stay on set the day Tony was killed," he says. "I'd thought about it and knew it wasn't a scene I wanted to witness. The hypothermia scene was also very realistic for me and the first contact with the Iraqi soldiers on the edge of Wadi started me thinking back, so I went off, had a cup of tea and composed myself."

McNab also admits that seeing Sean Bean playing his character has at times felt quite bizarre and seeing certain scenes being shot - which he could only recall from memory because he was blindfolded - seem surreal.

For Steve Nicolson, Bravo Two Zero is more than just a war story, it is a universal story of triumph over adversity. "It is a reality tale, with good and bad on both sides. There are certain scenes which come to mind. Our first contact with the Iraqi soldiers - they don't know what they have come up against. Our patrol is highly trained and armed to the teeth and they are completely anihilated. Another scene that really effects you is where there are burning bodies lying all over the place. Real soldiers get effected by killing, they get scarred mentally and physically. You get a glimmer of this in the film."

A scene in which Nicolson is captured by the Iraqis shows an old man standing by, devastated that his son has been killed by an allied bomb. "It shows the other side, the civilians who get hurt," comments Nicolson.

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