Browsing the archives for the Television category

The Avengers: Lobster Quadrille (1964)

Directed by Kim MillsPatrick Macnee, Honor Blackman, Burt Kwouk, Jennie Linden, Leslie Sands, Gary Watson, Corin Redgrave, Norman ScaceMusic by Johnny Danworth Lobster Quadrille is one of the most popular episodes of The Avengers for a couple of reasons. The first is that is the episode where we bid a fond farewell to the character […]

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Return Of The Saint: The Debt Collectors (1978)

Directed by Les Norman Ian Ogilvy, Anton Rodgers, Mary Tamm, Geoffry Keen, Diane Keen As with The Saint television series it can be argued that Simon Templar isn’t a secret agent. That’s true, but even more so than it’s predecessor, The Return Of The Saint’ has many espionage episodes. The blurbs from several episodes on […]

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Where Rodents Dare (1996)

Directed by Greg Reyna & Dave Marshall Voice actors: Maurice La Marche, Rob Paulsen Forget Blofeld, Dr Evil or Fu Manchu; when it comes to evil geniuses who plan to take over the world, the is only one true master – he is the Brain. The Brain is a laboratory mouse, who through ghastly experimentation […]

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Burn Notice: Pilot Episode (2007)

Director: Jace Alexander Starring: Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Sharon Gless Music: John Dickson About six months ago, Tanner at Double O Section wrote a tantalising review of a new television show called Burn Notice. It sounded like the type of show that was right up my alley, so I arranged to see a […]

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Vendetta For The Saint (1969)

Director: Jim O’Connolly Starring: Roger Moore, Ian Hendry, Rosemary Dexter, Finlay Currie, Fulton Mackay, Aimi MacDonald Music: Edwin Astley ITC had a habit of taking a two part episode from one of their successful television series and releasing them in foreign markets as a theatrical feature. In this instance it is The Saint that gets […]

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The Saint And The Brave Goose (1979)

Directed by Cyril Frankel Ian Ogilvy, Gayle Hunnicutt, Stratford Johns, Derren Nesbitt, Joe Lynch Music by John Scott Based on characters created by Leslie Charteris Here’s another Saint movie. Like some of the others it is not really a spy film, but it does have some globe trotting and international crime, concerning a stolen shipment […]

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Netforce (1999)

AKA: Tom Clancy’s Netforce Director: Robert Lieberman Starring: Scott Bakula, Joanna Going, Xander Berkeley, Kris Kristopherson, Brian Dennehy, Judge Reinhold Music: Jeff Rona Originally a two part TV mini-series Tom Clancy’s Netforce is a slightly futuristic look at law enforcement. Made in 1999 but set in 2005 (so time has already caught up with it), […]

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The Brazillian Connection (1989)

Director: Ian ToyntonStarring: Simon Dutton, David Ryall, Gayle Hunnicutt, Jennifer Landor, Joseph Long, Niall Padden, Danny Webb. Frédérique CharbonneauMusic: Serge FranklinBased on characters created by Leslie Charteris The Brazilian Connection is another of The Saint TV movies, featuring Simon Dutton as Leslie Charteris’ character, Simon Templar. This isn’t really a spy film, but The Saint […]

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The Software Murders (1989)

Director: Henry HerbertStarring: Simon Dutton, Shane Rimmer, David Ryall, Dinsdale Landen, Malcolm Stoddard, Pamela Sue MartinMusic: Serge FranklinBased on characters created by Leslie Charteris With the recent news that James Purefoy is going to be the next Saint, I thought it was time to revisit a few older adventures. In 1989, The Saint was revived […]

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Charlie Muffin (1979)

Director: Jack GoldStarring: David Hemmings, Ralph Richardson, Sam Wanamaker, Pinkas Braun, Ian Richardson, Shane Rimmer, Jennie Linden, Clive RevillMusic: Christopher GunningBased on a novel by Brian Freemantle Charlie Muffin is a film out of time. It could be considered a late entry into the ‘hard bastard’ cycle of spy films of the 1970’s, but it […]

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