Originally, Powell and Pressburger wanted Laurence Olivier to star as Clive Candy. However, the Ministry of Information refused to allow the actor to be released from his active service in the Navy. He was instead released to star in the patriotic Henry V a year later.
Nevertheless, Roger Livesey was cast in the lead role opposite Deborah Kerr and Anton Walbrook. But the attempts to undermine the film didn’t stop there.