The film’s title has changed, too, with Macdonald removing mention of the infamous legion: only recently did it adopt the truncated name The Eagle. Was that move predicated by the fact Centurion includes the legend of the Ninth in its narrative? “No, that was purely because the US distributors thought it would be better. And with the title Eagle Of The Ninth, in America people thought we were doing a golf movie. They were like, ‘Romans and golf – how does that work?’”
It reminds me of why the Alan Bennett play "The Madness of George III" was said to have been re-titled "The Madness of King George" for the film version in the American market, on the grounds that people would not go if they thought they had missed the first two films.......
Sorry, but it was too good to resist sharing. Please feel free to poke gentle fun at my country. There is plenty of absurdity in Great Britain at which to laugh.
I saw a short interview on TV with Kevin Macdonald about The Eagle which has just opened in cinemas in Great Britain. He said he had read "The Eagle of the Ninth" as a child and wanted to be faithful to the book. From the reviews I have read, I don't think he has captured the spirit of Rosemary Sutcliff's book quite as faithfully as he thinks he has, but I want to see for myself.