Callan (1967–1972)

TV Series  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery
8.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.1/10 from 259 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 12 critic

David Callan is the top agent/assassin for the Security Service (British counterintelligence), but he is an embittered man who performs his duties "for Queen and country" under duress. This... See full summary »

Creator:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 6270 titles
created 12 Jun 2011
 
a list of 43 titles
created 02 Jan 2012
 
a list of 299 titles
created 11 Mar 2012
 
a list of 7 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 105 titles
created 4 weeks ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Callan (1967–1972)

Callan (1967–1972) on IMDb 8.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Callan.

Season:

4 | 3 | 2 | 1

Year:

1972 | 1970 | 1969 | 1967
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 David Callan (43 episodes, 1967-1972)
Russell Hunter ...
 Lonely (41 episodes, 1967-1972)
Lisa Langdon ...
 Liz March (31 episodes, 1967-1972)
...
 Toby Meres (30 episodes, 1967-1972)
William Squire ...
 Hunter #4 (19 episodes, 1970-1972)
Edit

Storyline

David Callan is the top agent/assassin for the Security Service (British counterintelligence), but he is an embittered man who performs his duties "for Queen and country" under duress. This bleak, "Spy who Came in from the Cold"-style espionage drama concentrates on the seamy underside of covert operations: assassinations, blackmail and dirty dealing. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 July 1967 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(44 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(1967-1969)| (1970-1972)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The swinging lightbulb in the opening titles was not merely some attractive credit sequence design: The Section regularly made use of a 500 watt lightbulb swinging in the face of interrogation suspects to help disorientate and frighten them. See more »

Connections

Followed by Callan (1974) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Very Dark Indeed
7 August 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Callan was a very dark series which has never been given the credit it deserved. I'm glad to see the series on DVD here in England because it is a series I would recommend to anyone who wasn't born when it first aired.

A pre-Equalizer Edward Woodward played Callan who was an agent for British Intelligence. He was no James Bond however; Callan's was a dark world where everyone had their own agenda and no-one could be trusted. Things were not black and white; there were plenty of shades of grey. Unlike James Bond, Callan didn't have a posh car, plenty of beautiful women and he didn't get to jet off to sunny locations. Callan hated his job, he had no choice but to work for British Intelligence (watch the first episodes to see why that is). He was a good man deep down and cared about people but he was constantly required to lie and deceive people and cheat. He was given the dirty jobs no-one else wanted and whilst his superior (a man called Hunter, played by various actors)knew that Callan was good at his job, he also didn't care about Callan at all. Callan was a loner.

The premise was very interesting indeed. Callan was reluctantly doing a dirty job and his emotions came into conflict with his job at times. It was fascinating viewing.

Over the years there have been many dark series where you can never be sure who is good and who is bad. In a way, I guess it is indicative of the times we are living in. However, I think it is important to remember that Callan was the benchmark for many of the dark and pessimistic shows we see today and without Callan, many of them would not have arisen.


33 of 33 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Callan DVDs as of: December 2009 et_tu_Brute
Callan inspired by the Ipcress File? gus-186-777813
Series 2 , 3 and so on jebatten
Season 4 avenger-16
Thames Videos Lamarchand
Rest In Peace, Mr Callan. duke-verity
Discuss Callan (1967) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?