The Most Suitable Person
‘She’s not a girl, she’s
Burnside needs to replace the missing members of his team. Willie
goes to the firm's training school and learns that a woman named
Laura Dickens is the best candidate.
The scene in which Diane tells Burnside about Laura's arrival
at his office is funny, from Burnside's asking Diane, ‘Are
you about to give birth or make a statement?’ Watch Burnside
quickly tidying his desk and adjusting his tie. Even the man of
steel likes to make an impression, it seems.
There are other staffing problems. The CIA
has learned that an officer in Burnside's employ is seeing a psychiatrist,
and that shrink has a suspicious habit of recruiting patients
with military backgrounds.
James Bond, where are you now?
Willie is sent on assignment to Malta to investigate an agent's
death. Being shot at is scary and no, Willie's not James Bond.
He has some cleaning up to do after the fright.
Colin Grove not only looks like Mike Wallace--who joins the series
next year--he even says, ‘I have a friend in MI5.’
Mike Wallace echoes this in All in a Good Cause.
Comment (from Anne-Marie, United Kingdom)
The ending of this episode has got to be one of my favourites.
Peele, on the one hand congratulating Neil on the successful outcome
of the Malta job, is also keen to remind Neil that once again
the Sandbaggers have annoyed MI5, or at least Willie has managed
Neil, with just the hint of a smile, quickly puts Peele in the
picture regarding the success of his other 'operation' which should
get MI5 off their backs for a day or two at least. Peele's change
of expression as Neil explains is a picture, and another fine
example of the man's acting ability.
According to this
American Cold-War era training
film you can download
from the open
source film archive, 'people
of interest' to foreign intelligence services should be careful
of who they make friends with when pursing their hobbies. (Spot
the two blokes in the bar who seem a bit chummy!) Note the
mixed media used to make this film. Back in the 70s, most
presentations were photographic slides or 8mm film. In the
80s, when this film was produced, this gave way to slides
translated to video. For a look at an even earlier age, another
counter-espionage film also now in the
public domain, that tries to spice up an otherwise boring
car factory tour by involving. This McCarthyite period film
uses of all things, martians as a stand in for the Soviet