Re: What's the odds CA executives see themselves as actual heroes or good guys here
"Modelling themselves on Richard Burton, Richard Harris and Anthony Hopkins reborn..."
I think you might be confusing Anthony Hopkins with Richard Harris. The former would surely have been to young for the main cast of Flight of the Wild Geese in 1978. From memory he is also still alive. IMDB makes no mention of it but does say that around the same time Hopkins played Yitzhak Rabin in something called Victory at Entebbe, along with a cast that could have been the headliners in The Wild Geese.
It also says he was in A Bridge Too Far, but then looking down the cast list it seems every actor currently over 55 was too.
Its also ironic given that the core of the Wild Geese story of a of an aging soldier of fortune trying to assuage the guilt of his past with one last operation and how it is all undone by his even more mercenary (pardon the pun) paymasters.