Series 4 - Episode 207½ stars
The Danger Makers
by Roger Marshall
Directed by Charles Crichton
A great storyline and telling performances by principals and guests. Still, there's something not quite right, and the episode falls short of the high status it would otherwise deserve.
|Emma's Fashions||Steed's Fashions|
|Commer van||9552 MY|
|Triumph motorbike||452 YMF|
|Ford Thames truck with canvas canopy||2705 VX|
|Bren carrier||T 54422|
|Bren carrier||T 54110|
|Supermarine Swift||VV 119|
|Vespa Motor scooter||-|
|Sunbeam Alpine Series V
(Series IV for studio shots)
|Ford Thames truck without canopy||2705 VX|
|Mini karts (2)||-|
|General Groves V*||himself V*||hit by truck in chicken run|
|Gordon Lamble V*||Major Robertson V*||suffocated|
|Wing Commander Watson V*||himself V*||aeroplane crash|
|Stanhope||Major Robertson V*||machine gun|
|Peters V*||Dr. Long V*||shot|
|Dr. Long V*||Mrs Peel||catapulted onto electrified rails|
Continuity and trivia
- 1:30 - The motorbike, 452 YMF, must belong to the stuntman, he previously rode it in Dial a Deadly Number and rides it again about two years later in Mission... Highly Improbable.
- 2:03 - The truck, 2705 VX, which hits the General's motorbike also appeared in Man-eater of Surrey Green; it appears later on in this episode when it encounters Robertson's Sunbeam (32:20-32:30).
- 2:18 - The truck driver's mate was previously one of the victims of the alien plant in Man-eater of Surrey Green.
- 3:03 - That's almost certainly not Macnee and Rigg in the Bentley.
- 11:20 - The timing is right for the grenade fuses, but only one seems to go off - Robertson's flew off to the right and there's no explosion from that direction.
- 13:11 - The CU of the four white feathers doesn't match the mid shot at all.
- 15:15-15:29 - The medal box has the plaque "To Woody from Wing Commander Watson RAF Hamelin"
- 15:30-16:47 - Wing Commander Watson's plane glides smoothly from being a Supermarine Swift to being a De Havilland Chipmunk just before it crashes behind the copse.
- 15:50 - There are two extra airmen in the background of the long shot, but they're nowhere to be see in the mid shot until 16:34.
- 20:55 - Robertson appears to call "Apollo" on 25512.
- 22:00 - Dr Long's responses to Steed's questions are so glib they should have given him away immediately.
- 26:00 - Steed's Bentley has no numberplate at the front and (26:16) it's clearly a stuntman driving the Bentley.
- 26:25 - Colonel Adams OBE's museum is a celebration of her family:
- Colonel Jollyon Adams - died at the Battle of Saratoga, 1777, born at Manton House (24:00-24:08)
- (unknown relative) - Crimean War - Battle of Inkerman (The Soldiers' Battle), 1854 [26:25 - "9,000 British had kept 40,000 Russians at bay"]
- General Forsyth Adams - 1841-1909 - Spion Kop, 1900
- General Sir Archibald Adams, killed on the Somme, 1917
- Colonel Soames Adams, Waterloo
Her visitors' book contains famous names - none revealed directly, but two are:
- US President Dwight D. Eisenhower
- Field Marshall Montgomery
- 29:27 - Watson's Danger Makers name was "Pegasus". When pressed for his, Steed says "Bacchus" (30:16), much to Colonel Peters' surprise.
- 31:03 - Emma already standing on the ladder when Robertson says, "You seemed to agree with me", but then we have a CU of her standing up!
- 32:25-32:30 - Mrs Peel puts her hand over her eyes as they dangerously approach the truck, lowering it after they pass safely, but the stuntwoman in the car doesn't have her hand up in the long shot. It's also the same truck as the General ran into at 2:03.
- 35:20 - Emma sums up the Danger Makers: "a bunch of schizoid, paranoid psychopaths".
- 43:13 - Robertson puts a silencer on his revolver. Silencers don't work on most revolvers due to the gap between the barrel and the cylinder.
- Billy Westley once again performs stunts for Diana Rigg, notably at 45:29/47:07 when he leaps the length of the table in the Black Rose Room fight.
- Running time: 49'42"