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Reilly - Ace Of Spies: The Last Journey/Shutdown [DVD]

Laura Davenport , Sam Neill , Jim Goddard    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Laura Davenport, Sam Neill
  • Directors: Jim Goddard
  • Producers: Chris Burt
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Acorn
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Aug 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008WQ54
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,203 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Episodes 11 and 12 from the TV espionage series set in the early years of the 20th century. In 'The Last Journey' Reilly marries his third wife, Pepita, and disappears in Russia while seeking revenge for the death of his best friend. In 'Shutdown' Pepita tries to find her husband and discovers that Stalin has had him arrested.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful series on an 'ace of lies' 6 April 2003
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Draw the curtains, dim the lights, and indulge in an atmospheric sketch of international wrangling in turn of the century Europe. Emerging disappointed after an hour only because it is over already and you will have to wait a whole week for the next episode. This experience is shared by viewers of 'Reilly-Ace of Spies,' one of the classic TV series of the 1980s, now available on DVD.
'Ace of Spies' tells the story of master spy Sidney Reilly, British agent at the beginning of the last century, based on the biography of the same name by Robin Bruce Lockhart. Reilly, a cunning trickster and cold-blooded operator, is credited with changing the British secret service from a club of amateur gentleman spies into a ruthless professional espionage agency. Reilly was apparently the true-life model of James Bond. Besides a brave and clever agent also a murderer, cheat, and adulterer, he is a far more ambiguous figure than knight-in-shining armour 007. But this tension also makes the series far more appealing than Ian Fleming's ripping yarns.
The opening of British and former Soviet archives has cleared up a great deal of the mystery surrounding Reilly. Books such as 'Ironmaze' by Gordon Brooke-Shepherd and 'On his Majesty's Secret Service, Sidney Reilly ST1' by Andrew Cook reveal Reilly as more of a scoundrel and less of a spy. Many of Reilly's most famous exploits turn out to be complete fabrications, invented by the man himself. Even 'Reilly's' highly recognizable theme tune is based on one of these inventions. Reilly managed to persuade his gullible audience that his early adventures formed the inspiration for the late nineteenth century novel 'the Gadfly'. The series is set to Shostakovich's tune 'Romance', taken from his score for the film of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful series on an 'ace of lies' 6 April 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Draw the curtains, dim the lights, and indulge in an atmospheric sketch of international wrangling in turn of century Europe. Emerging disappointed after an hour only because it is over already and you will have to wait a whole week for the next episode. This experience is shared by viewers of ‘Reilly-Ace of Spies,’ one of the classic TV series of the 1980s, now available on DVD.
‘Ace of Spies’ tells the story of master spy Sidney Reilly, British agent at the beginning of the last century, based on the biography of the same name by Robin Bruce Lockhart. Reilly, a cunning trickster and cold-blooded operator, is credited with changing the British secret service from a club of amateur gentleman spies into a ruthless professional espionage agency. Reilly was apparently the true-life model of James Bond. Besides a brave and clever agent also a murderer, cheat, and adulterer, he is a far more ambiguous figure than knight-in-shining armour 007. But this tension also makes the series far more appealing than Ian Fleming’s ripping yarns.
The pilot episode finds Reilly (Sam Neill) on a mission in Baku, playing the great game for Central Asian oil. Arrested by the Russians, he escapes with Margaret, wife of the reverend Thomas. The death of Thomas under suspicious circumstances soon gives Reilly access to Margeret’s inherited wealth. In ‘Prelude to War’, Reilly enriches himself by speculating on war between Russia and Japan, a conflict he helps bringing about by selling the Japanese a map of defenses of Port Arthur. In the next episode ‘the visiting fireman’, Reilly disguises himself as a worker in order to peruse designs for German weaponry from the Krupp arms factory.
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