The Greek island of Leros inspired the film "The Guns of Navarone," which is based on the novel of the same name. Leros is located in the Aegean Sea among the Dodecanese island group.
The 1961 war film "The Guns of Navarone" is based on the Battle of Leros, which occurred during the Dodecanese Campaign in World War II between the months of September and November 1943. The film, directed by J. Lee Thompson, was adapted from the 1957 novel by Alistair MacLean. It stars Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn. The movie won an Oscar for Best Effects at the 1962 Academy Awards and earned six more Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director.