GB 1968 1hr 29mins Dir: Peter Graham Scott Starring: Gene Barry and Joan Collins
An American agent comes to England and helps British authorities uncover a spy ring
This espionage thriller so typical of the time has some good railway scenes filmed at London Paddington station. Plenty of Mk1 coaching stock is visible but there are some wonderful shots of diesel-hydraulics. These include Tom Adams and Joan Collins walking past Class 52 ‘Western’ D1033 Western Trooper (awaiting shunt release judging by the crew in the rear cab), Class 35 ‘Hymek’ D7070, and a very rare shot of a Class 23 arriving with empty coaching stock. The eagle-eyed will even spot a ‘Blue Pullman’ in the background of the opening establishing shot of the platforms. In a later scene, Gene Barry and Joan Collins are on the platform and a green DMU is stabled in the background as a train arrives behind an unidentified maroon-liveried ‘Western’. A remarkable sequence then follows that shows Gene Barry and Joan Collins investigating a railway line where Tom Adams was last seen during a train journey (of which nothing was shown). They are freely wandering about the non-electrified double track line identified by the concrete lineside permanent way hut as being on the Southern Region. It is unimaginable to think, but such a scene would not be allowed today. The location was in fact Westcott, situated about three miles west of Dorking on the ‘North Downs’ line between Guildford and Redhill in Surrey. The location is about milepost 33 between Dorking West and Gomshall stations, and the P-way hut has now gone. Earlier in the film there are some scenes filmed on Hungerford Bridge, but the only train that features, twice, is the bottom quarter of an EPB EMU still in BR green and badly dubbed to the sound of an express train! Finally, there is a suspense scene near the end that was filmed at Aldwych station, and 1959-built tube stock is present.