Directed by John Frankenheimer and produced by Kirk's own Joel Productions, this www.attrinity.com
strong political thriller features Kirk in a more restrained role than usual. Based on replica breitling Navitimer
the 1962 novel of the same name and written by Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling, Seven Days in May casts Kirk opposite frequent co star, Burt Lancaster. Taking place over the span of seven days, the film begins with the President of the replica omega seamaster
United States (Fredric March) dealing with public reaction to his controversial decision to replica breitling Transocean
sign a nuclear disarmament treaty with the Soviet Union. Amongst the opposition is Air Force General James Scott (Lancaster), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a popular speaker. The public have even pegged Scott as a possible Presidential candidate. Marine and Pentagon insider. When Casey discovers evidence that General Scott may be planning a military coup to overthrow the President, he's forced to choose whether to tell the President what he suspects or trust a man that he has long respected. But, more importantly, if Scott is planning a coup, how could any one possibly stop him? Interestingly, Kirk was originally cast as the traitorous General Scott, but he chose the more subdued role of "Jiggs" Casey when he realized that Lancaster would be better suited for the role. He couldn't have been more right; it's impossible to imagine anyone but Lancaster as the passionate and imposing Scott. President John F. Kennedy was, actually, a big advocate of Seven Days in May being made and gave the production designer unprecedented access to the White House in order to replicate the interior. But despite President Kennedy's enthusiasm for the film, the Pentagon still had reservations and refused to give the filmmakers access. But, using true guerrilla filmmaking techniques, Frankenheimer managed to film Kirk entering the Pentagon by secretly hiding the camera in a station wagon across the street. In the finished film, you can see that Kirk's convincing colonel uniform even resulted in nearby soldiers giving him the appropriate salutes.