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The Baron - The Complete Series [DVD] [1966]

Steve Forrest , Sue Lloyd    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Forrest, Sue Lloyd, Paul Ferris, Colin Gordon, Pauline Chamberlain
  • Producers: Robert S. Baker
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 4 July 2005
  • Run Time: 1500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009P7VV2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,628 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

All thirty episodes of the classic 1960s espionage adventure series, starring Steve Forrest as John Mannering, playboy antiques dealer and unofficial head of the British Diplomatic Intelligence unit. Together with his glamorous assistant Cordelia (Sue Lloyd), Mannering foils daring bank robberies, global espionage and brutal murders. Episodes are: 'Diplomatic Immunity'; 'Epitaph For a Hero'; 'Something For a Rainy Day'; 'Red Horse, Red Rider'; 'Enemy of the State'; 'Masquerade'; 'The Killing'; 'The Persuaders'; 'And Suddenly You're Dead'; 'The Legions of Ammak'; 'Samurai West'; 'The Maze'; 'Portrait of Louis'; 'There's Someone Close Behind You'; 'Storm Warning'; 'The Island'; 'Time to Kill'; 'A Memory of Evil'; 'You Can't Win Them All'; 'The High Terrace'; 'The Seven Eyes of Night'; 'Night of the Hunter'; 'The Edge of Fear'; 'Long Ago and Far Away'; 'So Dark the Night'; 'The Long, Long Day'; 'Roundabout'; 'The Man Outside'; 'Countdown' and 'Farewell to Yesterday'.

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Baron in colour 16 Dec 2010
Antiques Dealer John Mannering is The Baron. This wonderful TV series was made by ITC around 1965-66. It is often over looked and forgotten. And yet the series is truly a good one. The Baron was the first complete British TV series from ITC to be made in colour with real actors. (the first colour series being Stingray and Thunderbirds with marionettes. And half a series in colour of the Adventures of Sir Lancelot back in 1957). If you liked the later ITC series then you will like this series too.
The series was loosely based on a character of the same name from a series of books by author John Creasey. ITC tried to copy the formula of book hero to TV hero from the Saint by Leslie Charteris. The character of Mannering was like Simon Templar, a member of the jet set. And the Baron shared the same producer Monty Berman as the Saint. The character, The Baron in this TV series was different to the character in the books. In the books he was British and married. In this series he is American and a bachelor.
The show starred American Steve Forrest as John Mannering, an antiques dealer and undercover agent working in an informal capacity for the head of the fictional British Diplomatic Intelligence. Using an American actor was essential to make the product appealing to the American TV stations. And this forumula was used on a regular basis in further ITC series so they could sell them to the USA.
The music is by Edwin Astley and is very good. The quality of the print has suffered over time and it is not the best but it is very good and easily watchable.
The series looks glamorous with a lot of locations from around the world despite the fact that it was filmed in and around the film studios in England.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great alternative to the Saint 24 April 2006
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Think tall, loose limbed, assured and astute Texan, think Saint and you have John Mannering, cattle rancher, international antique dealer who is regularly called in by the secret service to trouble shoot dangerous problems throughout the world (well Elstree Studio actually with bought in stock footage).

Co-starred is Sue Lloyd as Cordelia Winfield, a long legged English rose, quite different to the girls in similar programs, complementing the Baron's character very well and frequently having to be rescued at the last moment by him.

Equal third star is the car, the incomparable 1966 Jensen Chrysler V8 powered "Interceptor" that precisely matched Mannering's personality and is a joy to watch whenever it appears.

The stories are the usual entertainment style thrillers of the late sixties, but there is not a single weak story.

After thirty episodes I wanted more, strongly recommended for lovers of the genre.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic TV 13 Nov 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
When I was a kid 2 ITC series used to thrill me week after week. One of these was The Baron. Although a little dated the series is still as good as I remember it. Exciting, well written and produced and wonderfully performed. I heartily recommend this set.
ps - The other series was Man in a Suitcase.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well produced nostalgia 28 Oct 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I had doubts about buying this but got it as I had an Amazon voucher. I should not have worried as the stories are usually inventive, the acting is good with many stalwart actors appearing, and as a reminder of the mid 60's is interesting. Each episode is an enjoyable 45 minutes. With 6 DVDs this is good value, even at the full price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rather Disappointed 27 Sep 2008
Recently I purchased one of the above set of DVDs and whilst I think the video quality is very good and the audio a little less so, I have to say that I found the transfer order of the episodes on the discs about the most disorganized I have ever come across. The transmission order of the episodes is all over the place. e.g. Episode 1 on Disc 3 - Episode 2 on Disc 1 - Episode 3 on Disc 3 - Episode 4 on Disc 1 and so on, what a shambles.

The disc cover case design is very nicely done and so is the booklet very nicely designed, with some very useful information inside.
Having said that, unless you have got better that 20/20 vision, which I have'nt, then you just cannot read it. The type font is about as small as you can get, the colour of the type is a light blue on a darker blue background making it impossible to read by anyone with less than excellent sight.Whilst the cast listing is in a Yellow capital font and is just about readable, it is far from easy. No attention has been made so that readers with less than perfect vision can read the booklet.

This DVD set is an excellent series well transfered to discs spoiled by the tranfer order of the episodes and a difficult to read booklet. I also found Disc numbers 3,4,5 and six very difficult to extract from the packaging. I was rather concerned about damaging them, they were so tight.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A long forgotten classic 14 July 2005
By A Customer
The Baron has always been my favourite ITC series but has suffered by virtual non availability on VHS or DVD apart from a few episodes on VHS in the early 90s .It was the first ITC series shot in colour and remains true to the genre in every way
It is very mid 1960s in style .In some ways it is very dated but thats only because no-one makes TV shows like this any more If you are a fan of ITC and/or the 1960s this series will not disappoint you :if you ve never watched anything like this before you may be in for a pleasant surprise
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Published 2 months ago by G. Braithwaite
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
the baron is excellent value and quality, good extra features to round it off
Published 2 months ago by paul samuel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Retro Series.
My husband wanted this set as part of his Christmas box. I'm not personally into all this stuff, but he enjoyed it, so must be ok.
Published 7 months ago by Barbara
3.0 out of 5 stars Its OK but the DVDs kept jamming.
This classic Tv series from ITV is worth watching as some of the plots are quite good and it is interesting to see the style of the programme although the set has been used for... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Nick
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice 60s series
Did not know this TV series, but it is certainly worthwhile watching it. If you want to compare with the Saint, then Roger Moore is the much better performer. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. Jag
4.0 out of 5 stars 1960s memories.
Have not seen these programmes since I was a lad so nice to view them again. A trip down memory lane.
Published 11 months ago by Bangmiester
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series!
I knew that Steve Forrest was in the series S.W.A.T. but after looking him up I found out about this series. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Ken D
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