GB 1966 1hr 28mins Dir: John Gilling Starring: Michael Ripper and Dawn Addams
A secret agent is assigned to get the formula for a process that can drain nuclear energy
This comedy spy drama, clearly imitating the James Bond style that was popular at the time, has some scenes that were filmed at Staines West station, which had closed in March 1965. The train was formed of maroon Mk.1 coaches hauled by a Class 35 ‘Hymek’ and there is an additional shot of it on the branch with Tom Adams detraining whilst on the move. There are also shots of WR expresses that are used to depict train journeys, two are hauled again by ‘Hymek’s’, whilst a third is hauled by a ‘Western’, though curiously only the wheels and underframe of the latter are visible. Finally, there is a shot of the concourse at London Waterloo station, though the platform scene at Waterloo used maroon-liveried Mk1’s at Staines West again, and a studio set of a carriage interior with the back-projection plate showing a green-liveried Maunsell vehicle! Incidentally, an earlier studio-bound train journey has back-projection that shows an arrival at a station but the BR totem nameboard can’t be read through the window.