The Baron - Complete Series
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Tall, handsome and debonair, John Mannering (Forrest), aka The Baron, is an international art and antiques dealer working with British Intelligence tracking stolen treasures. In a world of danger, greed and intrigue, The Baron - aided by the glamoro
Release Date: 0000-00-00
Media Type: DVD
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DVD: Pristine condition for a set this old. No gliches. 8 discs in 1 1/2 " wide cardboard boxed set.
Story: Made by ITC (The Saint w/ Roger Moore and Secret Agent/Danger Man w/ Patrick McGoohan) Simialar adventures of a spy for MI5/art dealer. Good supporting cast -- look for Jeremy Brett before he became S. Holmes. The series gets kudos for being the first action series based on John Creasy's jet set hero, the Baron (nickname, not title) who breaks espionage rings and brings criminal to justice. I gave Danger Man 5 stars, the Saint 5 stars -- why only 4 for the Baron when it's similar and in colour. First, I own all 3 sets. Steve Forester (The Baron) lacks the class and suave sophistication of Roger Moore whether in The Persuaders or The Saint and the wit and presence of Patrick MacGoohan. The stories are similar, but Forester simply can't carry the show. He's good. Moore and MacGoohan are great!
Suggest you buy the series, The Saint and Danger Man/Secret Agent Man, then decide if you want this set. too. If you like the stories in the former you will like the action packed adventure stories of the baron. The 3 are similar except for the presence of the leading man.
I didn't know what it was at first because the TV Week programme guide just mentioned the title-you don't get much for your money these days buying Australian TV guides to help you decide what to watch and getting information on the show-in any case I started to watch this particular episode and was surprised it starred Steve Forest as John Mannering, an antiques dealer and undercover agent working in an informal capacity for the head of the fictional British Diplomatic Intelligence, headed by Templeton-Green played by Colin Gordon and was made between 1965-66. (I seem to like the 60's stuff more these days than shows of today).
Low and behold I actually enjoyed it, and I began to watch more of `The Baron'.
Now I bought the DVD of the series complete and uncut as stated on the packaging, watching the series again without commercial interruption.
Steve Forrest is great as John Mannering and he fits the bill perfectly, while Sue Lloyd as Cordelia Winfield plays his female assistant sidekick; she took over from Paul Ferris who played David Marlowe, apparently to show the series to the American market the character of David Marlowe was dropped in favour of Cordelia (how pathetic...thank god now days America has no influence on how to present British TV to its audience-or any other country for that matter). I liked the David Marlowe character, and I believe there was room for him and Cordelia both on the show to give it scope and some depth.Read more ›
THE BARON AND THE SAINT HAD LOT OF SIMILARITIES. STEVE FORREST AND ROGER MOORE WERE VERY WELL DRESSED AND THEY ACTED THE SAME WAY. THE INTRIGUES WERE GOOD. THE PICTURE COULD BE MORE COLORFULL, BUT I UNDERSTAND IT WAS MADE IN 1966. I'VE ENJOYED THAT THIS SERIES WAS MADE ON DVDS. EXCELLENT SHOW.
ROBERT S. PAYER
it very much it s a little bit like the saint with roger moore.
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