Reilly: Ace of Spies

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 12

    Shutdown

    Aired 11/16/83

  • S 1 : Ep 11

    The Last Journey

    Aired 11/9/83

  • S 1 : Ep 10

    The Trust

    Aired 11/2/83

  • S 1 : Ep 9

    After Moscow

    Aired 10/26/83

  • S 1 : Ep 8

    Endgame

    Aired 10/19/83

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sam Neill

    Sidney Reilly

  • Michael Bryant

    Narrator

  • Clive Merrison

    Savinkov

  • Tom Bell

    Dzerzhinsky

  • Norman Rodway

    Cummings

  • show Description
  • Welcome to the Reilly: Ace of Spies guide at TV.com. This British adventure series is a dramatization of the fantastic real-life adventures, from 1903 until the mid-1920s, of the Russian-born British agent Sidney Reilly, who worked for MI6 (British Military Intelligence) as Agent ST-1. The programme is based on books by Robin Bruce Lockhart, the son of Reilly's fellow agent Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart. It was nominated for three BAFTA awards in 1984, and in 1985 show star Sam Neill received a Golden Globe nomination (Best Acting Performance) for his role as Reilly. The theme music for Reilly: Ace of Spies was adapted by Harry Rabinowitz from Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10, The Gadfly, and it was so popular that it was released as a single. The whole series is now available on DVD.moreless

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  • Quotes (74)

    • Mrs "A": I am sorry about Mrs McConnell. Reilly: You spent your life slandering her. Mrs "A": Yes, but now that she's dead.... Reilly: You feel sorry for her. Well, I doubt when you're dead we shall feel sorry for you.

    • Cummings: And I'm not sure about this name Reilly. Reilly: I think it's fine. Cummings: It's Irish. Reilly: Exactly. You see, the Irish are welcome in every country in the world, except this one. Cummings: Hmm. And I've just got used to Rosenblum. Reilly: You'd never get used to Rosenblum. Cummings: Err, perhaps not.

    • Margaret: He is my husband. I am still married to him! Reilly: I sincerely hope so. He is a wealthy man and half-way to the graveā€¦ Seldom have I met a woman in more fortunate circumstances: young, beautiful, and about to come into a lot of money.

    • Reilly: (reading back letter he has written) My dear Zaharov, By a process of elimination I have been forced to the conclusion that the intruder who made his way into Number Six, Clanricard Gardens, was a gentleman of your employ. I should be grateful if you could provide me with his name and address, so that I might duly call on him and inquire by what authority he found it necessary to molest and murder my friend and companion, Mrs Rose McConnell. Should a misplaced sense of loyalty forbid you to do this, I shall begin the elimination of your agents within this country, for which purpose, a list has been prepared by a mutual friend. Your obedient servant, Sigmund Rosenblum.

    • Waiter: You can have a choice of meat or fish. Reilly: What kind of meat? Waiter: Kebab. Reilly: What kind of kebab? Waiter: Meat Reilly: Ah.

    • Tanyatos: So it would appear that my theory about Prometheus was correct, professor. Reilly: Prometheus was a very influential man, you know. He had lots of powerful friends. Tanyatos: Nevertheless, he ended up chained to a mountain in the Caucasus.

    • Reilly: (of the Japanese) As I understand it, they're under no obligation to inform anyone but their ancestors.

    • Reilly: It's a bad situation, Colonel, but, uh, I don't see why we shouldn't make money out of it.

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    Notes (4)

    • Based on Robin Bruce Lockhart's book Reilly: Ace of Spies (1967).

    • Sam Neill later commented: "He was absolutely unscrupulous and ruthless. That's why he was so successful. He was the first modern agent because he was so ruthless. Until Reilly came along, spying was like a chess game played by gentlemen." This is an extra-long episode, with a length of ninety minutes.

    • For those puzzled by the sinking of the Russian fleet in 1904, the events of this episode happened during the short Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05. In winning the war, Japan forced Russia to give up its policy of expanding its empire in the Far East.

    • Reilly was never reported alive again. There is little doubt about his fate, but the Russians later claimed that he had survived and had gone on to help them build the Cheka (the forerunner of the KGB).

    Allusions (1)

    • At the time of this episode, Reilly (as he later became) had only just taken the name of Rosenblum, after learning from his mother that that had been the name of his real father. He had grown up as Sigmund Hahn.

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