My first movies were not successful but I enjoyed my introduction to the British film industry. I failed film tests for Vadim's Barbarella and for a spaghetti Western — both in Rome. Hollywood did not beckon.
— Ian McKellen, August 2000
THE PROMISE (1969) Producer: Otto Plashkes
Director: Michael Hayes
Writer: From the Play by Alexei Arbuzov
Co-starring: Susan MacReady and John Castle.
Shot at Sheppterton Studios, UK
One of the BFI's 75 "most wanted" missing films.
Director: Clive Donner
Role: Roger the Bandit
Co-starring: David Hemmings and Michael York
Shot in County Galway, Ireland
Producer: Amicus Productions (Max J. Rosenberg/Milton Subotsky)
Director: Waris Hussein
Writer: From Margaret Drabble's novel "The Millstone"
Co-starring: Sandy Dennis and Eleanor Bron
McKellen's first gay role on film or stage
Producer: The Mirisch Brothers
Director: David Miller
Starring: Gregory Peck
McKellen's first film performance (unfinished, unreleased, and unavailable)
Dates above are shooting dates.