Set in contemporary Moscow and the frozen northern town of Archangel, the drama revisits the stark landscape of Communist Russia and takes place over four days in the life of academic Fluke Kelso. His fateful meeting with a former Stalinist bodyguard leads to the uncovering of one of the world's most dangerous and best kept secrets. He is led unwittingly through murder and intrigue towards his own personal "Holy Grail" - Joseph Stalin's secret legacy - a legacy that could change the face of Russian history forever. Written by
When Fluke is talking to Zinaida out on the street after he first meets her, there is an Audi parked by the curb with a license plate containing the numbers "007". See more »
After Kelso is released from the police station he is given a ride by the Russian intelligence. You can clearly see that he is getting into black BMW 5 series (e-39) but in the next shot he is getting out from a black BMW 7 series (e-38). See more »
To choose one's victims, to prepare one's plans minutely, to slate an implacable vengeance, then go to bed - there is nothing sweeter in the world.
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I thought the preceding comments on this BBC drama a little too critical. A total of two hours was not really long enough to do credit to the story, so given the time constraint, the end result was not too bad at all. I read somewhere previously that at one time, Mel Gibson was in line to play the part of Fluke Kelso (his production company eventually backed out). If this is the case, then I for one am certainly glad that they did. Craig did an excellent job - cool, a bit scared (but not 'panic-ridden' as Gibson would have played it) in the lead role. And so what if the Russian girl and the annoying American journalist were 'by the book'. Sometimes an air of familiarity is necessary - especially with the short time given to get the story over. Gabriel Macht did a pretty good job in not making his character too annoying. In total (compared to some other recent dramatisations I've seen) I'd give this one 9 out of 10.)
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