• Short Summary

    NATO meeting, army exercise, De Gaulle meets Macmillan, Kennedy speaks of 'Skybolt'.

  • Description

    Titles read: "SKYBOLT'S BOLT FROM THE BLUE".

    Various locations of events.

    In Paris, France, we see general view of NATO members standing round a hall talking prior to their meeting. Nato sign on wall. Among those seen are Chairman Lord Home, US Secretary of State Dean Rusk with Peter Thorneycroft, General Norstadt, Herr Schroeder and Herr Merkatz of Western Germany and General Hertzinger. General view of the meeting under way. Commentator talks of news that Britain is now unlikely to get Skybolt for her V-Bomber force.

    In the Garonne Valley in France we see various shots of an Anglo-French Paratroop exercise. Paratroops drop to the ground, helicopters transport guns and Land Rovers. Troops run across open ground. British and French officers watch. Paratroops roll down a hill. Soldiers fire machine guns.

    At the Presidential estate of Rambouillet Castle in France we see Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and President De Gaulle standing on banks of the lake with Lady Dorothy, Madame De Gaulle and assistants. The two men shake hands. Commentator says they discussed the Common Market and the new defence situation if there is to be no Skybolt.

    Exterior shot of Capitol building in Washington DC, United States of America. Inside, President John F Kennedy walks into the press room. Newsreel and TV men with cameras. Natural sound as Kennedy says that the problem with Skybolt is it is the most sophisticated weapon imaginable that requires the most advanced engineering. Shots of Skybolt being loaded onto plane. He says "We've put a half a billion dollars into it already. To complete the system might cost another, and to buy the missiles that we will want might require two and a half billion dollars". General view of newsmen. Shots of the President at the microphone.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:22:26:00 / 01:24:50:00

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