In a bid to settle the debate of whether 'Die Hard' can be considered a Christmas film, here are both sides of the debate, with our own poll so you can have your say.
It may be set at Christmas. It might even feature a Christmas hat and the words 'ho ho ho' during one slightly gruesome scene.
Here to help you watch your favourite Christmas movies in a whole new light is some of our favourite festive film trivia…
How did John McClane know that Hans Gruber is a terrorist? Appearing at a Q&A to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of ‘The Running Man’, screenwriter Steven E. de Souza revealed John McClane’s secret. “Originally, [the terrorists] get off the truck, the camera craned up, you saw them in a circle and Alan Rickman says, ‘Synchronize your watches’,” he explained.
Born Norbert Grupe in 1940, von Homburg’s father Richard was a famous German boxer who was also (he said reluctantly) a Nazi soldier during World War II, even working at the Buchenwald death camp. Norbert lived with his father and never talked to his mother who had been a passing fling, leading to a difficult childhood before he and Richard moved to California. The pair worked as a wrestling tag team and young Norbert changed his name to von Homburg, a move he later regretted because he worried it made him sound like a Nazi nobleman.
As well as pretending to be 007 in an episode of ‘The Saint’, Moore actually starred as the spy in a March 1964 episode of BBC show ‘Mainly Millicent’. In the sketch, he goes for lunch with a Russian agent played by the show’s star Millicent Martin and punches a waiter. Luckily for him, Cubby Broccoli still thought he was the perfect man for the big-screen job.
Here are some fascinating things about John McClane’s five cinematic appearances so far. 1. Frank Sinatra was offered the lead role, despite being 73. This is because the film is based on a book called ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’, itself a sequel to ‘The Detective’ by Roderick Thorp. ‘The Detective’ was adapted into a movie in 1968 with Ol’ Blue Eyes and there was a clause in his contract which said he had first refusal on playing the character in a follow-up.
There are many ways to get yourself into the film business. And while historically, both hard work and blind luck have proved equally successful, there’s always this… Writer and producer Eric D. Wilkinson has been working in the movie business since about 2007, but this brilliantly inventive way to get himself work is now going viral. This week he took out a full-page advert in industry bible The Hollywood Reporter pitching his idea for a ‘Die Hard’ sequel.