CALLAN, SET 2
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Espionage and assassination in Cold War Britain
Golden Globe®- and BAFTA-winning actor Edward Woodward (The Equalizer) delivers a powerful performance as a Cold War assassin caught in a tangled web of duty and deception.
In the long war of nerves between East and West, British agent David Callan has distinguished himself as a valuable asset: a competent killer who understands all the political and psychological angles. But after a stint in Soviet prison, Callan wants out of the game. His coldly calculating superiors, Hunter (William Squire, Anne of the Thousand Days) and Bishop (Geoffrey Chater, Hotel du Lac), have other ideas. Callan soon learns that leaving his profession might be more dangerous than staying in--and that men like him have as much to fear from friends as from enemies. In these final 13 episodes, this taut series elevates the spy thriller to emotionally charged drama.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE audio commentaries with star Edward Woodward for episodes 5 and 11 and Woodward biography.
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There are some story links between episodes beyond just cast.
Meet the regular cast: Spy Callan of Secret Intelligence Service, like his colleagues, has no trustful friends. Lonely (Russell Hunter who adds some comedy) is an ex-con/always-a-con who likes Callan, smells badly like rotted BO, & is mentally 5 bullets shy of a pistol load. He adores naked lady photos taped to his apt. walls. Toby Meres is a SIS spy returning to the section intending to gain the 'boss' position. James Cross, SIS agent with bad 70's hair, has always wanted Callan's place as top dog and assassination is always an option. Liz March is the office sec-to-die-for if you're stagnated in 1970's London.
File color code awareness will assist the viewer: Red=target for death/priority; Yellow=surveillance; Blue=wrong party; White=out of action. You don't want a British SIS file!
Episode details: (by the way, no Subtitles):
1 That'll Be the Day--Callan is in a Russian prison.
2 Call Me Sir!--No retirement but reassignment (a promotion?) for Callan as 'Charlie' or "Hunter".Read more ›
To my mind this isn't good enough from Amazon, particularly with the repackaging which adds to the impression that there is something deliberate being done to cash in on Edward Woodwards recent death. I'm repackaging the Box & returning it to the US and unless I get a refund for my purchase I won't be dealing with them again.
This season has been dissappointing to a certain extent due to some continuity errors especially in the process of Callan getting back to his own self after being recovered from his interrogations in Lubyanka prison and returned to England. His reunification with Toby Myers seems odd after he, Callan, had killed an earlier occupant of the position of Hunter. Finally, the inconsistent behaviour of Callan as he deteriorates before our eyes is difficult to understand especially in comparison with the stalwart Richmond who had undergone such interrogations as Callan but in England and who had a relationship with another Russian agent yet did not end up losing his bottle. Given Callan's prestige as being the top assassin throught the show, it does not stand up to close examination. The relationship between Callan and Lonely is much reduced than in previous shows and one wonders sometimes why Lonely remains in the season.
It also begs the question as to why the ending was written as it was given that even a broken Callan, should there be such a thing, would be eligible for a red file.
Callan led the way as the anti-hero to the Bond movies and deserved a better televison treatment. With this season, I believe the character warranted a better treatment too.
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Excellent. I remember this from childhood and it made an impact. Callan was a real anti hero. Not afraid to kill but reluctant to do so. Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by izifaddag