Callan Set 2
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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".
3 First Refusal--Lonely becomes a taxi (owned & rigged by SIS) driver. Britain's Eastern Eur. SIS agent names are up for sale. London gets 1st refusal.
4 Rules of the Game--'Hunter' Callan told to harass a Russian spy to force a return. Cross gets the assignment.
5 If He Can, So Could I--Cross muffed his last assignment, but regardless, Callan sends him to protect a Russian poet. Shocking results. This episode offers a full audio/visual commentary with the star, Woodward (Callan).
6 None of Your Business--Callan relieved of "Hunter" role for leaving his office when Cross was shot. Also his passport & taxi privilege are eliminated by Bishop (acting Hunter). Finally a new "Hunter" arrives.
7 Charlie Says It's Goodbye--A potential defector to Poland (Red file) is watched by Callan (again an agent). Callan gets involved with a widow who expresses little favor toward spy agents.
8 I Never Wanted the Job--Lonely witnesses a gangster murder from his taxi. Lonely leads the killers to Callan.
9 The Carrier--Lonely & Callan try their hand in a joint burglary--a needed SIS activity. Lonely, more interested in taking than photographing, creates problems for this espionage in Russian scientific secrets smuggling.
10 The Contract--Callan assumes a killer's ID after failing to intercept the man intent on a dignitary assassination. Will Callan complete the death contract?
11 The Richmond File: Call Me Enemy--Lonely delivers Callan and Richmond (potential Russian defector) to a remote house for the purpose of intelligence debriefing and the name of a section traitor. Richmond is the same Russian prisoner traded to get Callan back from Russia (episode #1). This episode offers another bonus full commentary alternative from Callan.
12 The Richmond File: Do You Recognize the Woman?--Richmond has a Morse base signaling to Russia which can't be found. Callan springs a jailed KGB female spy (who once tried to kill him) as a means of discovery as to Richmond's true purpose.
13 The Richmond File: A Man Like Me--Hunter blocked all avenues out of the country but yet Richmond is illusive. Richmond hides out in the home of a local who was paid years earlier for such an emergency need. A thrilling finale.
Set 2 every bit as thrilling and suspenseful as Set One, now a classic British spy drama. If you liked set 1, you'll love 2. Earlier B&W years of Callan, prior to color Sets 1 & 2 have been lost.
This set contains Lonely's wall nudity photos and much violence--NOT for children.
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.