The proper Titanic film, of course, in which Kenneth More, Honor Blackman, Kenneth Griffith, David McCallum, Geoffrey ‘Catweazle’ Bayldon, Bee ‘are you saying ‘Ni!’ to that old woman?’ Duffel, Gerald ‘Adamant’ Harper, Andrew ‘Quatermass’ Keir, Stratford ‘Barlow’ Johns, Desmond ‘Q’ Llewelyn, Derren ‘Special Branch’ Nesbitt and Norman ‘Simon Simon’ Rossington all conspicuously fail to wear white trousers with racoon-tail key rings on their belts, invent the moonwalk and stiffly mime pouring a drink in front of a bunch of bewildered-looking teenagers who only came to see Depeche Mode.Read More
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WOBBLY FRIDGE magnet letters and tadgerish geometric cartoons began this pretentious sci-fi supernatuum about two elemental agents Sapphire (JOANNA LUMLEY) and Steel (DAVID McCALLUM). Opening bullshit portent tried to impress with flash vocabulary “heavy transuranic elements may not be used.” Yeah, and Sapphire and Steel are not fucking elements. Ludicrous bag of wank plots involved being able to see through time, baubles of light, railway stations being dragged back through history and being able to reduce your body temperature below freezing. The sort of stuff, then, that comprises an entire series of Torchwood.Read More
SUPERLATIVE RECREATION of famed Nazi uber-jail and repeated attempts by do-or-die inmates to pull ultimate fast one on ruthless guards. Banged up together (which in hindsight was asking for trouble) were: DAVID “MAN FROM…” MCCALLUM, EDWARD “DR. WATSON MK. II” HARDWICKE, ROBERT “TOKEN YANK” WAGNER, CHRISTOPHER “SECRET ARMY” NEAME and JACK “ESCAPE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN” HEDLEY. Chief key-jangler was, of course, BERNARD “GOOD NAZI” HEPTON, ably supported by ANTHONY “BAD NAZI” VALENTINE. Each week’s episode began with the group gathered in hushed circle seated on packing cases/crates devising another “ingenious” ruse to exit dank slimy castle walls for good. Each week they failed. Many highpoints, including attempt by one inmate to escape by faking madness, only to end up properly and incurably insane. Series concluded with Germans taking flight ahead of advancing Allied liberating armies.Read More
DIANA RIGG, looking alarmingly like RONNIE CORBETT, obsesses maternally over her offspring Kit (JAMES WILBY) while estranged beau DAVID MCCALLUM pops round for a spot of dry sherry and JAMES GROUT and ISLA BLAIR tut over the asparagus tips.Read More
ARCH CAMPERY of a non-Connery kind (well, at least until Diamonds Are Forever) wherein ROBERT “NAPOLEON SOLO” VAUGHAN and DAVID “ILYA KURYAKIN” MACALLUM go out the back of Del Floria’s tailors into the steel-lined corridors and tape spools world of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement for much battling of THRUSH (which stood for bugger all) armed only with a special gun, an ace theme by JERRY GOLDSMITH and the hopes of the free world. Episodes later stitched together to form iffy big screen affairs before begatting inferior GIRL FROM UNCLE.Read More
WAFER-THIN (APPROPRIATELY) Wells-baiting update with DAVID “ILLYA” MCCALLUM as vanishing boy Daniel Weston, this time working for the US government. Donned rubber mask for ease of star identification. Blue screen floating head scenes much in evidence. Wit and whimsy not.Read More