The High Commissioner
aka Nobody Runs Forever (1968)
Rod Taylor plays Scobie Malone, an Australian detective from the Outback who
is sent to London to arrest the Australian high commissioner for the murder of
his first wife 25 years before.
But when Malone gets to London, the high commissioner, Sir James Quentin,
(Christopher Plummer) calmly asks Malone if he could wait until he completes his
work in negotiating some delicate peace talks.
Malone agrees, and Quentin even invites Malone to stay at his home. Malone
becomes reluctantly involved as a bodyguard, and he saves Quentin from a couple
of assassination attempts. He also grows convinced that the commissioner is not
guilty of the murder.
A trio of beautiful women provide added mystery: Quentin's secretary (Camilla
Sparv), his second wife, Sheila (Lilli Palmer) and the exotic Madame Cholon (Daliah
Variety magazine described the movie as...
A melodrama with political undertones which has tension
and intrigue yet doesn't lose sight of its main purpose, to examine the
relationship of two decent men in a rough situation. Storyline, based on Jon
Cleary's novel "The High Commissioner," is workmanlike....
As the cop, Taylor gives a thoroughly likeable and credible
performance as a man clinging to his duty.
The movie was titled "Nobody Runs Forever" in Britain; it's
known as "The High Commissioner" in the United States. Taylor's
own Rodlor Inc. was one of the production companies.