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Very old history - but fascinating insight into the Intelligence World during the Cold war.
on 2 July 2013
Despite the age of this series I still awarded it 5-stars.
I patiently only watched one story per day although I anxiously wanted to proceed to the next as quickly as possible, such was its attraction.
I did not see the Sandbaggers when it first appeared in 1979 and 1980. I only heard about it when it was re-mastered in 2013.
I am most grateful to those people who reviewed the series for Amazon. Without their reviewing skills I would have missed this masterpiece. Each reviewer added something useful. I concur with their analyses. There are no negative reviewer comments.
I do not know much about the internal workings of SIS but I have read (and written about) extensively on this and similar
organisations for over 50 years. The Case Officer system was (and probably still is) a tightly controlled unit. Which leads to my only quibble. Namely, that despite perennial restraints on Intelligence (and media) budgets, there were too few "special operatives". Two sandbaggers were employed simply to make the stories easier to activate. Extra sandbaggers could have existed - with any of them being out of the country at any time (for example like the 001-006 Ian Fleming characters). A minor, probably irrelevant, point.
We are constantly reminded that History repeats itself. One of the great re-assurances for the 2013 viewer of this series is that the old adage is proven. So much (of human relationships) repeats. The series also re-assures us that some things do change for the better. Today smoking is out. Today women are in senior positions. Mobile phones give us instant communication. Computers give us instant information.
My final comment is to repeat a comment of any earlier reviewer because it is worth repeating: "One wonders why this television series has not left a deeper imprint on the public imagination". But perhaps it has been influential in the corridors of power.
I agree with the New York Times reviewer of the 1980s: "The best spy series in TV history."
Sometimes it does us a world of good to revisit the past. But not too often, hey!