Jason King (1971–1972)
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Two English criminals, Charles and Edward, are committing copy-cat robberies stolen from the plots of Jason's books, which causes the police to take an interest in the author after a ... See full summary »

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Jason King
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Charles
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Mireille
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Arlene
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Luigi
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Two English criminals, Charles and Edward, are committing copy-cat robberies stolen from the plots of Jason's books, which causes the police to take an interest in the author after a security guard is killed. Jason and his girlfriend Arlene have an encounter with the two villains and escape but, as they can now recognize the pair, they are in danger as they head for Venice, where a trap has been set for them. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Awful, cobbled-together from stock footage
17 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the very bad Jason Kings basically created from stock footage, random footage of Peter Wyngarde wandering round foreign parts, and the occasional scene actually shot according to a script.

Perhaps the most risible scene is when Jason is supposedly touring Venice, while two assassins are trying to kill him. The various views of Jason are taken to be the views of the assassins as they stalk him - but of course, Jason never reacts, even when shot at. Meanwhile, we also have a few feet of film of Jason randomly wandering round Vienna, no doubt outtakes from the similarly risible Variations on a Theme episode.

Alarm bells ought to ring when Yutte Stensgaard appears - after all, one her most famous films, Zeta One, was similarly cobbled together from irrelevant footage.

If any of this cut-and-paste led to any excitement, it would be justified. However, it doesn't. Nigel Green is wasted in one of his last appearances, while Michael Bates is horribly miscast. A tiny, tiny quantum of interest is provided by one of the few dramatic roles for Ayesha Borough.


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