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The Billion Dollar Threat (1979)

TV Movie  -   -  Action | Adventure | Drama  -  15 April 1979 (USA)
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A mad scientist plans to destroy the earth's ozone layer.

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Robert Sands
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Mike Larson
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Ely
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Horatio Black
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Benjamin
Beth Specht ...
Holly
Karen Specht ...
Ivy
Ronnie Carol ...
Marcia Buttercup
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Harold Darling (as Stephen Keep)
William Bryant ...
Harry Grebe
Marianne Marks ...
Ming
Read Morgan ...
Charlie
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Oriental Man
Walt Davis ...
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Jason Corbett ...
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Shifting Sands
7 July 2006 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

In the wake of 'The Spy Who Loved Me', a number of television pilots unsuccessfully tried to revive the moribund spy genre, of which this was one. Written by Jimmy Sangster ( co-writer of the 1966 Bulldog Drummond caper 'Deadlier Than The Male' and the 'Touchfeather' novels ), it starred Dale Robinette as Robert Sands, a C.I.A. agent assigned to investigate the mysterious death of a fellow agent, who had claimed to have seen 'flying saucers'. The 'saucers' are not interplanetary space vehicles, but dome-like structures designed to shield the arch-villain Horatio Black from ultra-violet rays. Black intends to destroy the ozone layer unless his extortionate demands are met. Whilst hardly in the same class as the Bond films, 'Threat' boasts a few decent action sequences and gadgets, plus the marvellous Patrick Macnee in a role very different to Steed. Dale Robinette, however, is miscast as Sands, and lets the whole thing down. Despite being superior to 'Death Ray 2000', there was no spin-off series.


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