Main title from the 1974 ‘The Bomb’ episode of The World at War (1973-1974) (1)

The World at War (1973–74)

The Bomb


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| TV Episode | United Kingdom | B&W | Documentary, History, War | 52min
| Stars: Laurence Olivier, McGeorge Bundy, James Byrnes
| E24 | 24th April, 1974

The development of the atomic bomb, the ascendency of President Harry Truman, emerging splits in the Allies with Joseph Stalin, the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Soviet invasion of Manchuria, ultimately leading to Japan’s surrender

The World at War (1973-74) opening credits
The World at War (1973–74)
1970s World War II documentary series, narrated by Laurence Olivier.

Episode cast

Photo of Laurence Oliver narrating The World at War (1973-4). The actor is in rolled-up shirt sleeves while reading the script in front of a microphone
Himself – Narrator
McGeorge Bundy
Himself – Stimson’s Biographer
James Byrnes
Himself – Truman’s Secretary of State
Anthony Eden
Himself – Foreign Secretary
Averell Harriman
Himself – US Ambassador to Russia 1945
Alger Hiss
Himself – State Department 1945
Toshikazu Kase
Himself – Foreign Ministry 1945
Koichi Kido
Himself – Lord Privy Seal 1945
Yoshio Kodama
Himself – Nationalist Politician
Curtis LeMay
John J McCloy
Himself – Assistant Secretary of War 1945
J Robert Oppenheimer
Himself (archive footage)
Hisatsune Sakomizu
Himself – Cabinet Secretary 1945
Charles W Sweeney
Himself – Hiroshima & Nagasaki Pilot
Paul Tibbets
Himself – Hiroshima Pilot
Winston Churchill
Himself – PM of the UK (archive footage)
Dwight D Eisenhower
Himself (archive footage)
Himself – Emperor of Japan (archive footage)
Harry Hopkins
Himself – Roosevelt’s Adviser (archive footage)
Douglas MacArthur
Himself – Allied Commander at Surrender Ceremony (archive footage)
Vyacheslav Molotov
Himself – Foreign Minister (archive footage)
Franklin D Roosevelt
Himself – US President (archive footage)
Mamoru Shigemitsu
Himself – Foreign Minister (archive footage)
Joseph Stalin
Himself – General Secretary (archive footage)
Henry L Stimson
Himself – US Secretary of War 1945 (archive footage)
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Main title from the 1974 ‘The Bomb’ episode of The World at War (1973-1974) (2). February-September 1945
Main title from the 1974 ‘The Bomb’ episode of The World at War (1973-1974) (1)


David Elstein
Producer / Writer


Thames Television
Production company