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The Baron

The Baron
Movie: The Baron(1966)[tt0059966] Stories of an antique dealer who is really an undercover agent.
Title The Baron
Release Date 17 April 1966 (UK)
Genres Crime, Drama
Production Companies Associated Television (ATV), Incorporated Television Company (ITC)
Steve Forrest
Steve Forrest...
 John Mannering 'The...
Sue Lloyd
Sue Lloyd...
 Cordelia Winfield ...


ShadeGrenade on 4 September 2006
I.T.C. made 'The Baron' as a follow-up to 'The Saint' series starring Roger Moore. Terry Nation, Dennis Spooner and Brian Clemens ignored John Creasey's books and invented wholly original plots. Some such as 'Storm Warning/The Island' had a strong 'U.N.C.L.E./Avengers' flavour. The casting of Steve Forrest as 'John Mannering' worked because there were no previous screen incarnations to judge him by. As per the books, Mannering owned an antiques shop in London, but was now a part-time agent for British Intelligence, headed by John Templeton-Greene ( Colin Gordon ), hence the scope of the plots ran from crime to espionage to mystery. The presence of luscious Sue Lloyd ( as 'Cordelia' ) further distanced the show from the Moore series. While 'The Baron' failed to replicate the success of 'The Saint' in the U.S.A., it remains an enormously entertaining show and the only screen incarnation of the character to date. It also has one of Edwin Astley's best theme tunes!

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