Browsing the archives for the Television category

The Case Of The Eiffel Tower (1954)

Director: Steve Previn Starring: Ronald Howard, H. Marion Crawford, Archie Duncan, Martine Alexis, Sacha Pitoeff Music: Paul Durand The Case Of The Eiffel Tower is an episode of Sheldon Reynolds Sherlock Holmes TV series from the 1950’s but the plot for this one is heavily espionage based, so I thought I drop it in here […]

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Double Agent (1987)

Directed by Mike Vejar Michael McKean, John Putch, Susan Walden, Christopher Burton, Judith Jones, Lloyd Bochner, Alexa Hamilton Music by Alf Clausen Double Agent was a Disney Television movie, and while it is enjoyable in it’s way, it doesn’t really bring anything new to the table. The film starts with confident, cool secret agent Jason […]

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Bullet To Beijing (1995)

AKA: Len Deighton’s Bullet To Beijing Director: George Mihalka Starring: Michael Caine, Jason Connery, Mia Sara, Michael Gambon, Patrick Allen, Burt Kwouk, Sue Lloyd (voice only), Music: Rick Wakeman Based on characters created by Len Deighton Bullet To Beijing may be passable entertainment for those who have fond memories of the Harry Palmer films from […]

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Mata Hari: The Seductive Spy (2005)

I have a confession to make. I have a really poor memory. It is because of this that I can watch so many spy films over and over again. They always seem fresh and new to me. When I am watching the same old plot – you know the one, where a scientist is kidnapped, […]

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Golgo 13: Queen Bee (1998)

Director by Osamu Deszaki Music by Fujimaru Yoshino Golgo 13: Queen Bee is a belated sequel to the very popular animé feature The Profssional: Golgo 13. But time hasn’t seemed to dim Duke Togo’s appeal. In fact, I was happy to welcome back an old friend. And all the elements that made the first film […]

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The Professional: Golgo 13 (1983)

Country: Japan Chief Director: Osamu Deszaki Animation Director: Akio Sugino Music: Toshiyuki Omori Based on characters created by Takao Saito Gogol 13, and his alter ego Duke Togo are popular characters in Japan. He began his life as a comic strip written and illustrated by Takao Saito. But the pages of a comic were not […]

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Roger Explosion (1994-96)

Here’s a quick one. More of a reminiscence, than a review. In Australia we had a comedy sketch show, called Full Frontal (1994-1996) that had a reoccurring skit called Roger Explosion, which was a take off on sixties spy shows. Comedian Shaun Micallef played the the eternally well dressed and manicured (and wooden) super spy […]

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Hannay (1988-89)

TV Series: 13 Episodes Directors: David Giles, Guy Slater, Jeremy Summers. Starring: Robert Powell, Charles Gray, Gavin Richards Christopher Scoular Based on characters created by John Buchan Who is Hannay? Richard Hannay was a character created by John Buchan, and first appeared in the book The Thirty Nine Steps. He subsequently appeared in further adventures […]

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Our Man Flint: Dead On Target

Country: United States Director: Joseph L. Scanlan Starring: Ray Danton, Sharon Acker, Lawrence Dane, Donnelly Rhodes, Gay Rowan, Franz Russell, Linda Sorensen. Apparently Our Man Flint: Dead On Target hasn’t been shown for 27 years. The rumours are that it was buried because it was such a stinker. It isn’t quite as bad as people […]

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The Petrov Affair (1987)

Director: Michael Carson Starring: Alex Menglet, Eva Sitta, Swawomir Wabik, Simon Chilvers Composer: Paul Grabowsky Musical Producer: Red Symons Writers: Cliff Green, Mac Gudgeon The Petrov Affair is a strange bird indeed. The titles are presented over a series of watercolour images, giving it a classic feel, rather than an action feel. It seems to […]

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