Espionage

A Free Agent

Season 1, Ep 24, Aired 3/25/64
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  • Episode Description
  • When a British agent falls in love with a woman on the other side, he falls under the scrutiny of his allies and his enemies.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Si├ón Phillips

    Anna

  • Herbert Hirschman

  • John Pellatt

  • John Wood

    Douglas

  • Norman Foster (II)

    Max

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • A British spy and a Russian spy have, to the consternation of their respective "controls", fallen in love in Switzerland, and their bosses unite to break it up.

    By orswel, Apr 17, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (2)

    • The Norman Foster who plays Max in this episode is not the American actor and director ("Davy Crockett", "Journey Into Fear"), but a famous Boston-born opera singer whose fine bass voice can be heard in another Michael Powell television movie, "Bluebeard's Castle", a version of Bartok's opera. Powell filmed that for German TV shortly before making this episode, which would seem to be Foster's only non-operatic acting performance on film.

    • This episode reunites scriptwriter Leo Marks (who was involved in real-life espionage in World War II) and director Michael Powell, who had collaborated on the extremely controversial film "Peeping Tom" in 1960. Marks was under contract to Powell at the time, and it was the latter's idea to use him as a writer for this series. Marks was also responsible for the story of a 1968 film, "Sebastian", on which Powell is credited as co-producer (along with the executive producer of "Espionage", Herbert Brodkin); Powell was replaced on this film as director, just as Marks was replaced as its writer.

    Trivia (1)

    • This episode was first televised in Britain, where it was made, on Saturday, March 21st, 1964.

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