Soldier. Criminal. State Executioner.
UK Television audiences in the 1960s and 1970s were thrilled by the perilous life of David Callan, reluctant employee of the ruthless British Intelligence agency known as ‘The Section’. Involving covert operations, blackmail, frame-ups and brutal executions, and featuring British spies who were as callous as their Soviet opponents, Callan was a dark, uncompromising series, poles apart from the glamorous exotica of James Bond and The Avengers. The series ran for four years, spawned novels and a feature film, and is still highly regarded four decades on. The lead actor, Edward Woodward, became a household name and went on to appear in The Wicker Man and The Equalizer.
The Callan File features interviews with cast, crew and writers, many offering fresh insights into Woodward’s early career and telling the story of Callan both on screen and off. As well as new interviews with (among others): Robert Banks-Stewart, Trevor Preston, Hugh Walters, Kenneth Gilbert, Julian Glover and Philip Bird, and director Mike Vardy the authors have also been able to use archive interviews with Edward Woodward, Russell Hunter, Anthony Valentine, William Squire, Terence Feely, Ray Jenkins and Shaun O’Riordan. The book includes a foreword from Robert Banks-Stewart.
Covering all aspects of Callan from film, TV, books and radio, this book is the only guide you’ll ever need.
Produced with the full co-operation and support of Peter Mitchell, the son of the series’ creator James Mitchell, with exclusive access to his Callan archives.
It’s the eternal question - what counts as canon? And what do you do when canon doesn’t pay attention to continuity? In the show it’s confirmed that Jim was most likely born somewhere in 1962/1963 because he says he was ten years old in 1973 in the episode ‘Remembrance’. Richard Burgi himself was born 1958, and this little piece of prop work states 1957. Mind you it also claims that Jim’s eyes are brown. Ah, yeah, no,
Me, I kink on the age difference, so I tend to split the age differentials and go with Jim being born in 1959, which would make him ten years older than Blair, who is canonically born in 1969. In which case, yes, I have to muck about with the canon dates in Remembrance. Awkward. Otoh, Jim is a less than reliable narrator about some things, with canon memory issues. Solved. Yep. I prefer to keep Jim older because of that sense of him and Simon (and others) referring to Blair as ‘the kid’, and because if Jim is only six years older than Blair then really, life has treated him rough, ya know? Also, where the hell does he fit in an army career and the cop stuff?
None of this is new in the great fannish scheme of things, the curse of being in an old fandom. But hey, maybe newer people haven’t seen this before. *is hopeful*
I love this wee moment (from Hear No Evil from recollection). GM commented at a con (I think) that he felt guilty because he unconsciously nicked this scene from Cheech and Chong. But really, Blair’s glee and Jim’s exasperation is just so cute that I can’t be sorry if he did.
I feel like current-ish photos and short-haired photos of Garett Maggart are very important.
A publicity shot from the DuG shoot back in the day