DAVID CALLAN

 
Full Name: David Callan
Nationality: British
Organization: The Section
Occupation Agent

Creator: James Mitchell
Time Span: 1967 - 2015
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Callan is an assassin working for British Intelligence.
       The actual agency for which he works is a small one in the Intel community known only as the Section. It is run by a man known as Hunter, more of a title for the head of the Section than an actual name. The Section's job is to remove those posing a threat to Britain's security, be it through extortion, arrest, or death. Callan's job is the killing part and he has been the best they've had.
       As the series opens, Callan has been away for many months, sacked by Hunter for being too interested in the why of someone's death than the how or when. Working as a bookkeeper for a man who doesn't like him has had its toll on Callan so when Hunter calls him back, he is ready to answer. Not eager, perhaps, as he still dislikes his profession, but ready.
       Callan is described by Hunter as a cold-blooded killer and in many regards that is the truth but Callan may dispatch quickly and cleanly when the time comes, he definitely does not like it, hence his annoying (to Hunter) habit of making sure that the target deserves being removed. This reticence means an assignment often takes longer than his boss would like but once Callan knows the killing is justified, it happens.
       Like many in his profession, Callan is a loner. He has no steady love interest and very few friends, if any. He has very little contact with his fellows at the Section. Since he is also not a heavy drinker nor a gambler nor a womanizer, it is very hard for his distractors to find anything wrong with him but his perceived cold personality. This, though, is despite the fact that Callan can see the humor in far more than his workmates, albeit with a good deal more cynisism.
       The one steady companion that Callan has, if that is the proper word, is Lonely, a mousey incredibly skittish member of the underworld who is never brave enough to make anything of himself, even illegally, but who is as ubiquitous as can be. Hence Lonely knows far more than most people would imagine and is an excellent source of information for Callan, as well as being able to come up with the odd gun or bug or whatever the operative is needing.
       It would be obvious to any paying close enough attention that Callan has some strange affection for Lonely, despite the fact that the meek little man perpetually has a foul odor about him. Lonely likewise probably would admit liking Callan if he was not so totally in fear of the man. This fear is perpetrated by Callan to force Lonely in doing whatever Callan needed.
       Callan knows enough about himself to admit he is not a very nice man but with his own set of morals, he also knows that despite his killing people for a living, he is still basically a good man.

BOOKS

Number of Books:7
First Appearance:1969
Last Appearance:2015

       After a quite successful run with his creation Callan, first as a teleplay and then as a weekly series, James Mitchell was obviously not finished with the character. This was understandable because Callan was an intriguing and interesting man, especially well played on the small screen by Edward Woodward. The author looked around for other ways to make use of the unhappy assassin and luckily for us readers, he found it.
       Taking the teleplay he had written for what amounted to the pilot for the tv series, A Magnum for Schneider, he would expand on the character and fill him out considerably without changing the man from the operative that had been so popular. He created the first book which came out as the second season was drawing to a close.
       The show would go on for two more seasons, one fairly short and the second a good length but it eventually concluded in 1972. The next year, Mitchell kept the character going with the second of his eventual four books. The third and the last came out in successive years.
       While Callan would come back a few years later for one final adventure, this time in another movie, there were no more printed novels.

1 Red File For Callan Red File For Callan
aka A Magnum For Schneider and Callan
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 1969

David Callan is pulled back into the Section to take care of an arms dealer named Schneider. He is also being set up to take the fall for the murder but people forget how good Callan really is.

2 Russian Roulette Russian Roulette
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 1973

To get back a top agent held by the KGB, Hunter has made a deal - no gun for David Callan. This meant that he was fair game to any who wanted him dead and 3 KGB top guns were headed to London.

3 Death And Bright Water Death And Bright Water
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 1974

A woman wants her daughter kidnapped from the man she was with in Crete. David Callan, out of the Section now and needing works, doesn't want the job but his old boss, Hunter, insists.

4 Smear Job Smear Job
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 1975

Hunter asked David Callan to come back to do two simple jobs. The first was to break into a library and steal a book. Unfortunately, it was in Sicily. The other was to make sure a gambler lost a fortune at cards. Since Callan didn't play cards that much, it was more of a challenge.

5 Bonfire Night Bonfire Night
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 2002

Callan learns that someone is out to kill him. While he does not yet know who ordered the hit, he knows the hitman, an East German named Voss who was his torturer during a time before the Wall fell.

6 Callan Uncovered Callan Uncovered
Written by James Mitchell, Mike Ripley
Copyright: 2014

Edited by Mike Ripley. Collection of many of the Callan short stories written over the years:
Merry Christmas from the Section
File on a Deadly Deadshot
File on an Angry Artist
File on a Reckless Rider
File on a Weeping Widow
File on an Angry Actor
File on a Lucky Lady
File on a Dancing Decoy
File on a Deadly Diary
File on a Classy Club
File on a Fearsome Farm
File on a Careful Cowboy
File on a Doomed Defector
File on a Pining Poet
File on a Powerful Picador
File on a Difficult Don
File on a Darling Daughter
File on an Awesome Amateur
File on a Joyous Juliet
File on a Mourning Mother
File on an Angry American
File on a Deadly Don
File on a Tired Traitor
File on a Harassed Hunter
File on a Beautyful Boxer
Also contains a screenplay for an episode never produced, Goodbye Mary Lee, and the Outline treatment for another episode, A Funeral Has Been Arranged and Will Shortly Take Place.

7 Callan Uncovered 2 Callan Uncovered 2
Written by James Mitchell, Mike Ripley
Copyright: 2015

Edited by Mike Ripley. Collection of many more Callan short stories written over the years, including the first ones published:
File on the Happy Hippy
File on a Faithful Husband
File on a Loving Sister
File on a Painless Dentist
File on a Fancy Lawyer
File on a Chinese Hostess
File on a Willing Victim
File on a Kindly Colonel
File on a Chelsea Swinger
File on a Missing Poet
File on a Friendly Lady
File on a Jolly Miller
File on a Deadly Doctor
File on a Man Called Callan
File on a Gallic Charmer
Also included are scripts from two early episodes of the television show for which no recordings are available:
Goodness Burns Too Bright
Blackmailers Should Be Discouraged
And a "secret" file for the TV Times giving fascinating data on Callan.

NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:40
First Appearance:1967
Last Appearance:1976

       The numerous short stories that Callan creator James Mitchell produced came in several spurts.
       In 1967, the British television directory magazine TV Times put out an extra Christmas special for which Mitchell was asked to come up with a story, which considering Callan was a government assassin might seem incongruous with the season.
       Three years later, the British newspaper Sunday Express published stories during five consecutive weekends in September/October of 1970.
       It would repeat this pattern of sets of weekly stories over the next few years with five in the summer of '71, five in the spring of '72, 4 in the spring of '73, 3 in the early summer of '74 and 3 more in the fall of that year, 5 in the summer of '75, 5 in the winter of '76, and finally 4 in the summer of '76.
       I first learned of some of these by finding the Michael J Bird website where he made available for download pdf scans. I enjoyed them a great deal.
       A couple of years later, Mike Ripley of Ostara Publishing (a man I proudly call my friend), along with James Mitchell's son, Peter, compiled these and a few more they had found into the collection Callan Uncovered. Subsequently, they learned of even more stories and were kind enough to release a second collection titled Callan Uncovered 2.

1 Merry Christmas from the Section Merry Christmas from the Section
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 1967

Originally published in the TV Times - Henderson was a Section man until he went over to the Russians and after giving them several names of men who were then killed. Hunter had him tracked down and Callan had one night to take him out before he disappeared behind the Iron Curtain. Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered

2 File on the Happy Hippy File on the Happy Hippy
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 09/20/1970

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered 2.

3 File on a Faithful Husband File on a Faithful Husband
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 09/27/1970

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered 2.

4 File on a Loving Sister File on a Loving Sister
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 10/04/1970

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered 2.

5 File on a Painless Dentist File on a Painless Dentist
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 10/11/1970

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered 2.

6 File on a Fancy Lawyer File on a Fancy Lawyer
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 10/18/1970

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered 2.

7 File on a Chinese Hostess File on a Chinese Hostess
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 08/08/1971

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered 2.

8 File on a Willing Victim File on a Willing Victim
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 08/15/1971

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered 2.

9 File on a Kindly Colonel File on a Kindly Colonel
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 08/22/1971

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered 2.

10 File on a Chelsea Swinger File on a Chelsea Swinger
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 08/29/1971

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered 2.

11 File on a Missing Poet File on a Missing Poet
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 09/05/1971

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered 2.

12 File on a Friendly Lady File on a Friendly Lady
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 04/23/1972

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered 2.

13 File on a Jolly Miller File on a Jolly Miller
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 04/30/1972

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered 2.

14 File on a Deadly Doctor File on a Deadly Doctor
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 05/07/1972

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered 2.

15 File on a Man Called Callan File on a Man Called Callan
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 05/14/1972

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered 2.

16 File on a Gallic Charmer File on a Gallic Charmer
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 05/21/1972

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered 2.

17 File On A Deadly Deadshot File On A Deadly Deadshot
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 03/11/1973

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered

18 File On An Angry Artist File On An Angry Artist
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 03/18/1973

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered

19 File On A Reckless Rider File On A Reckless Rider
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 03/25/1973

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered

20 File On A Weeping Widow File On A Weeping Widow
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 04/01/1973

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered

21 File On An Angry Actor File On An Angry Actor
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 05/26/1974

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered

22 File On A Lucky Lady File On A Lucky Lady
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 06/02/1974

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered

23 File On A Dancing Decoy File On A Dancing Decoy
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 06/09/1974

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered

24 File On A Deadly Diary File On A Deadly Diary
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 10/06/1974

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered

25 File On A Classy Club File On A Classy Club
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 10/13/1974

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered

26 File On A Fearsome Farm File On A Fearsome Farm
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 10/20/1974

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered

27 File On A Careful Cowboy File On A Careful Cowboy
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 07/27/1975

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered

28 File On A Doomed Defector File On A Doomed Defector
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 08/03/1975

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered

29 File On A Difficult Don File On A Difficult Don
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 08/24/1975

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered

30 File On A Pining Poet File On A Pining Poet
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 08/10/1975

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered

31 File On A Powerful Picador File On A Powerful Picador
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 08/17/1975

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered

32 File On A Darling Daughter File On A Darling Daughter
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 02/01/1976

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered

33 File On An Awesome Amateur File On An Awesome Amateur
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 02/08/1976

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered

34 File On A Joyous Juliet File On A Joyous Juliet
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 02/15/1976

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered

35 File On A Mourning Mother File On A Mourning Mother
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 02/22/1976

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered

36 File On An Angry American File On An Angry American
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 02/29/1976

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered

37 File On A Deadly Don File On A Deadly Don
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 08/15/1976

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered

38 File On A Tired Traitor File On A Tired Traitor
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 08/22/1976

Originally published in the Sunday Express - A man who betrayed Britain more than two decades before has been located in southern Spain and Callan is sent to bring him back or eliminate him. Before he even leaves, though, someone tries to stop him in the most definite of methods. Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered

39 File On A Harassed Hunter File On A Harassed Hunter
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 08/29/1976

Originally published in the Sunday Express - It is normal for Hunter to tell Callan to find and eliminate so-and-so and then sit back and wait for the word it is done. This time he travels to northern England on a hit to make sure he sees the body in person. Callan knew it meant trouble, especially when he learns the target had killed Hunter's daughter. Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered

40 File On A Beautiful Boxer File On A Beautiful Boxer
short story
Written by James Mitchell
Copyright: 09/05/1976

Originally published in the Sunday Express - Callan is used to being given a file and told to eliminate someone. This time the order is to keep the Israelis from killing him. It is only a two or three day assignments but determined assassins can try a lot in that period. Contained in the collection Callan Uncovered

MOVIES

Number of Movies:2
First Appearance:1974
Last Appearance:1981

       Two years after the show left the small screen, the creator and writer of the series, James Mitchell, decided a remake of the original show, done in color and expanded to better tell the story, was in order. The original episode had been A Magnum for Schneider and a few listings of the movie used the same name but for the most part, the movie was just named Callan.

       Another seven years would pass before James Mitchell would again knock on actor Edward Woodward's door to invite him to take up the Callan role for yet another adventure, this time a one-off taking place several years after the character Callan had retired. Callan learns from the newest Hunter that retirement is not an actual thing but just a thought and there is one more little job that needs doing.

1 Callan, The Movie Callan, The Movie
Also known as A Magnum for Schneider
Director: Don Sharp
Writer: James Mitchell
Actors: Edward Woodward as David Callan, Russell Hunter as Lonely, Eric Porter as Hunter, Carl Mohner as Scheider, Catherine Schell as Jenny, David Prowse as Arthur
Released: 1974

Callan is called back to work to take care of a gun runner who has been smuggling in Magnums and selling them to terrorists. Reluctantly Callan accepts the assignment and decides using such a weapon on the target was appropriate so he seeks his pal Lonely to get one.

2 Wet Job Wet Job
Director: Shaun O'Riordan
Writer: James Mitchell
Actors: Edward Woodward as David Callan, Russell Hunter as Lonely, Hugh Walters as Hunter, George Sewell as Daniel Haggerty
Released: 1981

Living a very quiet life as the owner and operator of a military memorabilia shop, Callan is surprised when the latest Hunter comes to call telling him he is needed for one more job. This one is close to home for the target is a man writing a tell-all book about the Department, naming Callan as a killer.

TELEVISION

Number of Episodes:44
First Appearance:1967
Last Appearance:1972
Network:ITV (UK)

REGULAR CAST
Edward WoodwardCallan [ 1-4 ]
Russell HunterLonely [ 1-4 ]
Ronald RaddHunter [ 1 ]
Michael GoodliffeHunter [ 2a ]
Derek BondHunter [ 2b ]
William SquireHunter [ 3-4 ]
Anthony ValentineTobey Meres [ 1-2,4 ]
Patrick MowerJames Cross [ 3 ]

       In February of 1967 a television show called Armchair Theatre provided Britain with weekly tv plays, each one unconnect to the other much like the movie-of-the-week concept in the States. One such episode was A Magnum for Schneider written by experienced screenwriter and producer, James Mitchell. It was not intended necessarily to be a pilot and at the end it looked like the main character was set to be eliminated by his own department. Public reaction was quite favorable, however, and the production company was asked for an additional set of six episodes.
       Still popular, Callan was extended for another set of 15 episodes though it would be nearly 18 months from the airing of the last set to the first of this new group. These, too, were well received but at the end of this lot, it was still undecided whether to continue and there were even two different endings to the season finale, one in which the character would die, ending the show literally with a bang.
       Callan would not, however, go meekly and a year later he came back with 9 adventures followed by another 13 episodes a year and a half later. This time when the season came to a close, the show ended for good albeit without the drama of killing off the main character.
       While Edward Woodward would continue throughout the series run as the main character and Russell Hunter would play his skittish, off-smelling underworld contact, Lonely, the role of the head of the Department, a man named Hunter, would be played by different people at different times. This was explained by letting the viewers know that the name 'Hunter' was not really a name but a title given to the head of the branch. As one died or retired or moved on, the next man in the position would assume the name along with the desk, making the changing of name plate unneccesary.
       Two other characters of note are Tobey Meres and James Cross, fellow agents to Callan, often friendly and often antagonistic and almost always competitive. Callan both likes and tolerates them but would seldom go out for drinks with either.

       Fans can watch the episodes of Callan by purchasing two DVD sets. The first is called The Monochrome Years and, according to Amazon, has all 21 episodes from the first two seasons (this despite the fact that several have been reported as lost forever AND user comments on the selling page indicate that they are not present). Seasons 3 and 4 are collected in The Colour Years.

1 A Magnum for Schneider
Episode Pilot, first aired 02/04/67
Director: Bill Bain
Writer: James Mitchell

Callen is called upon by Hunter, a boss from his former Intelligence days, to come work for him in a job to take out a gun smuggler who is arming terrorists.

2 The Good Ones are All Dead
Episode 1-01, first aired 07/08/67
Director: Toby Robertson
Writer: James Mitchell
Guest Stars: Powys Thomas as Stavros / Strauss, Linda Marlowe as Jeanne Roche, Tom Kempinski as Avram, David Lander as Berg

Just like in the pilot, Callan is called back in from limbo for an assignment. His job is to keep tabs on a former SS officer who is hiding out as a Greek Cypriot.

3 Goodbye, Nobby Clarke
Episode 1-02, first aired 07/15/67
Director: Peter Duguid
Writer: Robert Banks Stewart
Guest Stars: Fionnula Flanagan as Rena Clarke, Helen Ford as Miss Brewis, Alfred Hoffman as Stan Sheppick, Dennis Alaba Peters as Kanaro, Bruce Purchase as Blair

Callan learns that Hunter is planning to have an old friend of Callan killed for training mercenaries in Africa unless Callan can get him to stop.

4 The Death of Robert E. Lee
Episode 1-03, first aired 07/22/67
Director: Robert Tronson
Writer: James Mitchell
Guest Stars: Brian Harrison as Watcher, Burt Kwouk as Robert E. Lee, Lisa Langdon as Liz March, George Roubicek as Curtis Dale, Francesca Tu as Jenny

The CIA agents tell Hunter that the Chinese agent they need help eliminating is stealing nuclear secrets but in fact he is in the UK to kill Hunter.

5 Goodness Burns Too Bright
Episode 1-04, first aired 07/29/67
Director: Bill Bain
Writer: James Mitchell
Guest Stars: Gladys Cooper as Dr. Schultz, Rosemary Frankau as Eva Faber, Robert Lang as Bauer, Jeremy Lloyd as Maitland, Les White as Franz

Hunter has a great plan to infiltrate a mole into East Berlin's operations but it involves setting Callan up as a sacrificial lamb.

6 But He's a Lord, Mr. Callan
Episode 1-05, first aired 08/05/67
Director: Guy Verney
Writer: James Mitchell
Guest Stars: Ann Bell as Caroline Fielding, Gerald Flood as Miller, Donald Hewlett as Lord Lindale

A blackmailer is about to release the goods he has on various people, causing a lot of damage, unless Callan can eliminate him. One problem, though, is he is a member of the House of Lords.

7 You Should Have Got Here Sooner
Episode 1-06, first aired 08/12/67
Director: Piers Haggard
Writer: James Mitchell
Guest Stars: Jon Laurimore as Pollock, Pinkie Johnstone as Sue Lyall, Anne Blake as Mrs. Lyall, Derek Newark as Loder, Lisa Langdon as Liz March

Lonely has been beaten up while robbing a house that should have been empty. This angers Callan who soon finds a link to an enemy operative.

8 Red Knight, White Knight
Episode 2-01, first aired 01/08/69
Director: Peter Duguid
Writer: James Mitchell
Guest Stars: Duncan Lamont as Bunin, John Savident as Hanson, Lisa Langdon as Liz March, Douglas Fielding as Truman, George Ghent as Goncharov

A new Hunter brings Callan back into the Section on an official basis. His first job is to escort a Russian defector flying into London.

9 The Most Promising Girl of Her Year
Episode 2-02, first aired 01/15/69
Director: Peter Duguid
Writer: James Mitchell
Guest Stars: Elizabeth Bell as Joan Mather, Raymond Young as Dr. Bradford, Clifford Rose as Dr. Snell, Peter Blythe as Horst, David Hargreaves as Karl Donner

When a government lab researcher expresses worry her work might be used as a weapon, Callan is ordered to check her out.

10 You're Under Starter's Orders
Episode 2-03, first aired 01/22/69
Director: Mike Vardy
Writer: Robert Banks Stewart
Guest Stars: Kathleen Byron as Hannah Strickland, Harold Innocent as Millett, Mark Kingston as Watt, Lisa Langdon as Liz March, Morris Perry as Nixon

Callan pretends to go rogue but it is just to convince a smuggler of defectors and enemy operatives seeking to leave the country.

11 Little Bits and Pieces of Love
Episode 2-04, first aired 01/29/69
Director: Peter Sasdy
Writer: James Mitchell
Guest Stars: Pauline Jameson as Sophia Rule, Laurence Hardy as Dr. Rule, Vladek Sheybal as Dicer, Fabia Drake as Agnes Gregory

Callan's job is to follow and befriend a Polish emigre whose former husband is a bigwig back home, all in the hopes of luring him to the UK.

12 Let's Kill Everybody
Episode 2-05, first aired 02/05/69
Director: Robert Tronson
Writer: Ray Jenkins
Guest Stars: Heather Canning as Dr. Paula Goodman, Hilary Heath as Jenny Lauther, Peter Welch as Bremer, Kenneth Gilbert as Dr. Walker, Henry Knowles as Gould

The word has come that someone in the Section has been marked for death by an unknown person so everyone must be ready to fight for his or her life.

13 Heir Apparent
Episode 2-06, first aired 02/12/69
Director: Peter Duguid
Writer: John Kershaw
Guest Stars: John Wentworth as Sir Michael Harvey, Peter Cellier as Captain Jenkins, Lisa Langdon as Liz March, Barbara Grimes as Harvey's Secretary, Martin Lyder as East German Guard

Yet another new Hunter takes over but this one is still in East Germany undercover and Callan and Meres must head there to help him get out.

14 Land of Light and Peace
Episode 2-07, first aired 02/19/69
Director: Piers Haggard
Writer: James Mitchell
Guest Stars: John Barrard as Sir Bruce Ingoe, Ian Cooper as Markinch, Alan Cullen as Geoffrey Gleeson, Avril Elgar as 01e Ellis, Lisa Langdon as Liz March

The spiritualist says she can see to the other side but she really has in possession microfilm that Callan has been ordered to get back.

15 Blackmailers Should Be Discouraged
Episode 2-08, first aired 02/26/69
Director: Jim Goddard
Writer: James Mitchell
Guest Stars: Barry Andrews as Todd, John Arnatt as High Commissioner, John Franklyn-Robbins as Richie, Lisa Langdon as Liz March, Karin MacCarthy as Ruth Naylor

A high ranking government official is being blackmailed and Callan is sent to end the extortion but he does get curious what goods are being held.

16 Death of a Friend
Episode 2-09, first aired 03/05/69
Director: Peter Duguid
Writer: Ray Jenkins
Guest Stars: Ann Lynn as Francine Coquet, Jerome Willis as Flomard, David Leland as Marcel Latour, Rex Robinson as Mason, Barry Stanton as Lambert

An old, former friend of Callan dies in a car accident, the victim of foul play, and Callan is ordered to protect his widow, who then gets kidnapped.

17 Jack-On-Top
Episode 2-10, first aired 03/12/69
Director: Mike Vardy
Writer: Trevor Preston
Guest Stars: Clifford Cox as Assistant Governor, Barrie Fletcher as Special Branch Man, Richard Mathews as James Holbrook, Conrad Phillips as Wilson, Daphne Slater as Stella Paxton

A spy ring has gathered a considerable amount of intel and its leader is ready to flee the country with it unless Callan and Meres can stop him.

18 Once a Big Man, Always a Big Man
Episode 2-11, first aired 03/19/69
Director: Bill Bain
Writer: Lee Dunne
Guest Stars: Bernard Archard as Albert Watt, Michael Beint as Captain West, Michael Forrest as Clive, Mark Moss as Ted, Jacqueline Pearce as Eva Watt

As Callan and Meres try to get their hands on a safe of a ship that went down during WWII to find a list of Nazi collaborators, a survivor of the ship is out to make sure they fail.

19 The Running Dog
Episode 2-12, first aired 03/26/69
Director: Jim Goddard
Writer: Williams Emms
Guest Stars: Nicholas Courtney as David Forbes, Burt Kwouk as Tao Tsing, Renny Lister as Felice Neff, Jonathan Newth as Henry Thackery, Terence Rigby as Holder

The Chinese ambassador to the UK is the target of a group of fascists who want to cause trouble between the two nations.

20 The Worst Soldier I Ever Saw
Episode 2-13, first aired 04/02/69
Director: Robert Tronson
Writer: James Mitchell
Guest Stars: Allan Cuthbertson as Brigadier Pringle, Ronald Radd as Colonel Leslie, Tessa Wyatt as Sarah Pringle, Julia McCarthy as Mrs. Carr, Larry Cross as General Joe Klinger

When a retired British general takes a job with a sultan in the Middle East, Security calls upon Callan to keep him from leaving, even if it means killing him.

21 Nice People Die at Home
Episode 2-14, first aired 04/09/69
Director: Peter Duguid
Writers: Robert Banks Stewart, Terence Feely
Guest Stars: Harry Towb as Eric Marshall, Frederick Jaeger as Colonel Max Belukov, Angela Morant as Nadia Marshall, Jonathan Burn as Chelenko, Roger Bizley as Ross

It is Callan's job to break up a Soviet spy cell and he does so by causing disorder and confusion amidst the members.

22 Death of a Hunter
Episode 2-15, first aired 04/16/69
Director: Reginald Collin
Writer: Michael Winder
Guest Stars: Barbara Leigh-Hunt as Susanne, Derek Waring as Haynes, John Wentworth as Sir John Harvey, Norman Wooland as Koralin, Terry Scully as Kenny

Callan is captured and brainwashed into believing that Hunter is leaking intelligence and that he has killed Lonely and framed Callan for it.

23 Where Else Could I Go?
Episode 3-01, first aired 04/08/70
Director: Jim Goddard
Writer: James Mitchell
Guest Stars: Patrick Mower as James Cross, Gary Watson as Henshaw, Clifford Rose as Dr. Snell, Harry Towb as Judd, Dennis Thorne as Dodds, Alan Cullen as Merry

After months in the hospital, Callan must now face a battery of tests to prove himself fit even as Lonely is facing a long prison sentence unless Callan can get him off.

24 Summoned to Appear
Episode 3-02, first aired 04/15/70
Director: Voytek
Writer: Trevor Preston
Guest Stars: Patrick Mower as James Cross, Sylvester Morand as Palanka, George Pravda as Mr. Karas, Hana Maria Pravda as Mrs. Karas, Norman Henry as Inspector Kyle, Edward Caddick as Mr. Lorrimer

Fellow Agent Cross has killed an innocent bystander but when Callan steps in to cover for him, he must wonder if the killing was an accident or not.

25 The Same Trick Twice Over
Episode 3-03, first aired 04/22/70
Director: Peter Duguid
Writer: Bill Craig
Guest Stars: Richard Hurndall as Surtees, Patrick O'Connell as Mallory, Geoffrey Chater as Bishop, Trisha Noble as Jean Price, Harold Innocent as Freddie

An exchange of captured enemy agents between the UK and the USSR goes terribly wrong and Callan is caught in the middle.

26 A Village Called G'
Episode 3-04, first aired 05/13/70
Director: Mike Vardy
Writer: James Mitchell
Guest Stars: Lisa Langdon as Liz March, Harry Towb as Judd, Joseph F?rst as Sabovski, Marne Maitland as Berman, Graham Crowden as The Groper, George Innes as Arnold

Something has gotten Hunter's secretary extremely upset and ready to kill, a task she should leave for Callan or his colleague Cross. They are the professionals.

27 Suddenly - at Home
Episode 3-05, first aired 05/20/70
Director: Piers Haggard
Writer: James Mitchell
Guest Stars: Zena Walker as Lady 01et Lewis, Tony Beckley as Rene Joinville, Dorothy Alison as Housekeeper, Frances Tomelty as 2nd Woman, Lisa Langdon as Liz March

When Callan and Cross are told to provide a woman with round-the-clock protection, Callan finds himself getting far too involved.

28 Act of Kindness
Episode 3-06, first aired 05/27/70
Director: Mike Vardy
Writer: Michael Winder
Guest Stars: Anthony Nicholls as Heathcote Land, Ray Smith as Donovan Prescott, Jacqueline Maude as 01ice Land, Nicolette McKenzie as Mrs. Briggs, Peter Beton as Shop Assistant

A down-on-his-luck, and quite disreputable former agent is being blackmailed and turns to his old 'friend', Callan, to get him out of trouble.

29 God Help Your Friends
Episode 3-07, first aired 06/03/70
Director: Peter Duguid
Writer: William Emms
Guest Stars: Stephanie Beacham as Beth Lampton, Michael Jayston as Mark Tedder, Rachel Herbert as Jeanette Valden, Oliver Cotton as Senor Andarez, Edward Harvey as Mr. Robinson

The lonely female government translator has become enamored with a man who has too many ties to the Iron Curtain and Callan is directed to break it up any way he can.

30 Breakout
Episode 3-08, first aired 06/10/70
Director: Reginald Collin
Writer: James Mitchell
Guest Stars: Garfield Morgan as Lubin, William Fox as Chaplain, Robert Cartland as Bonnington, Lisa Langdon as Liz March, Billy Cornelius as Mellor

The order is to find and kill a Russian spy but Callan and Cross have to break the man out of prison first to do it.

31 Amos Green Must Live
Episode 3-09, first aired 06/24/70
Director: Jim Goddard
Writer: Ray Jenkins
Guest Stars: Patrick Mower as James Cross, Corin Redgrave as Amos Green, Annette Crosbie as May Coswood, Stefan Kalipha as Casey

Amos Green is a politician with the combustible view that "coloured immigration is dangerous to Britain and must stop".

32 That'll Be the Day
Episode 4-01, first aired 03/01/72
Director: Mike Vardy
Writer: James Mitchell
Guest Stars: Geoffrey Chater as Bishop, T.P. McKenna as Richmond, Clifford Rose as Dr. Snell, Ronald Radd as Previous Hunter, Jonathan Newth as Parson

Callan is missing unless you talk to the KGB who insist he is actually quite dead.

33 Call Me Sir!
Episode 4-02, first aired 03/08/72
Directors: Bill Bain , Mike Vardy
Writer: Bill Craig
Guest Stars: Sarah Lawson as Flo Mayhew, Geoffrey Chater as Bishop, Lisa Langdon as Liz March, Glynn Edwards as Trowbridge, Paul Williamson as Stafford

The KGB trades Callan back to the UK believing him to be a high ranking operative and when they learn the truth, they decide to eliminate him out of embarassment.

34 First Refusal
Episode 4-03, first aired 03/15/72
Director: Jim Goddard
Writer: Bill Craig
Guest Stars: Geoffrey Chater as Bishop, Martin Wyldeck as Kitzlinger, Coral Atkins as Myra Kessler, Christopher Owen as Anton Bristac, Lisa Langdon as Liz March

Given the job of being Hunter, Callan's first emergency is to get back a stolen list of British operatives that the KGB want to buy.

35 Rules of the Game
Episode 4-04, first aired 03/22/72
Director: Voytek
Writer: Ray Jenkins
Guest Stars: Virginia Stride as Alevtina Medov, Geoffrey Chater as Bishop, Mike Pratt as Medov, Verna Harvey as Danera Medov, James Cossins as Neville Dennis

Callan orders Cross to frighten a Russian family who have actually done nothing wrong. This is a job Cross should have enjoyed but does not.

36 If He Can, So Could I
Episode 4-05, first aired 03/29/72
Director: Peter Duguid
Writer: Ray Jenkins
Guest Stars: Geoffrey Chater as Bishop, Peter Blythe as Trofimchuk, Clifford Rose as Dr. Snell, Morris Perry as Vadim / Burov, John Abineri as Cuthbertson

The Section's shrink is ready to pull Cross from duty but Callan is determined to show his man is alright even if it means it can cost Callan his own position.

37 None of Your Business
Episode 4-06, first aired 04/05/72
Director: Voytek
Writer: Trevor Preston
Guest Stars: Tony Selby as Lucas, Peter Eyre as West, David Whitman as Black, Brian Murphy as Reeves, Paul Williamson as Stafford

Losing his new post as Hunter, Callan is ordered to take vacation. His desires to go abroad are hampered by the fact that he does not have a passport in his own name.

38 Charlie Says It's Goodbye
Episode 4-07, first aired 04/12/72
Director: Peter Duguid
Writer: James Mitchell
Guest Stars: Dennis Price as James Palliser, Beth Harris as Susan Morris, Richard Morant as Trent, John G. Heller as Komorowski, Lisa Langdon as Liz March

As Callan tries to leave the Section because his new girl friend does not like his job, a senior government official is trying to defect.

39 I Never Wanted the Job
Episode 4-08, first aired 04/19/72
Director: Jim Goddard
Writer: John Kershaw
Guest Stars: William Marlowe as Abbott, Paul Angelis as Steve, Michael Deacon as Sunshine, Cleo Sylvestre as Tina, Ron Pember as Albert

When Lonely accidentally sees a mob hit, he turns to Callan for help which gets the Section involved and makes the new Hunter wonder is Lonely should be allowed to live.

40 The Carrier
Episode 4-09, first aired 04/26/72
Director: Jonathan Alwyn
Writer: Peter Hill
Guest Stars: Lisa Langdon as Liz March, Peter Copley as Peter Rose, Ralph Nossek as Tamaresh, Michael Turner as Det. Insp. Vanstone, Windsor Davies as Chief Supt. Brown

Callan used Lonely to help break into a government scientist's house to copy some plans he has but Lonely cannot help nicking an odd item or two which causes trouble for the both.

41 The Contract
Episode 4-10, first aired 05/03/72
Director: Reginald Collin
Writer: Bill Craig
Guest Stars: Robert Urquhart as Major Harcourt, 01e Lapotaire as Kristina, Michael Pennington as Lafarge, Bernadette Milnes as Vera, Hugh Morton as Stepan

A visiting Field Marshall is marked for assassination by someone so to find out who Callan takes the role of a paid assassin.

42 The Richmond File: Call Me Enemy
Episode 4-11, first aired 05/10/72
Director: Bill Bain
Writer: George Markstein
Guest Stars: T.P. McKenna as Richmond, Geoffrey Chater as Bishop, Lisa Langdon as Liz March, Paul Williamson as Stafford, Brian Croucher as Jarrow

To debrief him, Callan takes a Russian spy defector to a lonely country estate where a major battle of wits between the two starts.

43 The Richmond File: Do You Recognise the Woman?
Episode 4-12, first aired 05/17/72
Director: Peter Duguid
Writer: Bill Craig
Guest Stars: T.P. McKenna as Richmond, Sarah Lawson as Flo Mayhew, Sheila Fay as Norah, John Moore as Dowsett, Cheryl Hall as Gladys

The real purpose for Richmond's defection begins to come to light.

44 The Richmond File: A Man Like Me
Episode 4-13, first aired 05/24/72
Director: Reginald Collin
Writer: James Mitchell
Guest Stars: T.P. McKenna as Richmond, Clifford Rose as Dr. Snell, Peter Sallis as Routledge, Paul Williamson as Stafford, Robin Ellis as Harris

Richmond is on the loose ant getting desperate. He hides out in the home of a sleeper agent as Hunter throws everything to find him.

MY COMMENTS

       Mr. Mitchell gave the spy-fi community two excellent agents; Callan and Craig (written as James Munro). I thank the man sincerely for both. There are obvious similarities in both men as they are both killers for British Intelligence, but there are far away enough differences to make them both uniquely interesting.
       I recommend both. Craig might be a bit more interesting, albeit less consistent in his life. Callan, however, is a great example of a man who is very good at doing something he very much would rather not.
       The television show from which the books eventually came was every bit as gray and dismal in atmosphere as the novels but they sure were fun and Edward Woodward can make anything better.

GRADE

My Grade: A+

Your Average Grade:   A+

YOUR OPINIONS
David A+ 4/19/2014 7:20:06 PM

I was a bigger fan of Mitchell's John Craig series under the Munro by-line, but enjoyed these and certainly the tough minded Callan and the bleak world his adventures were set in. All in all one of the few tough series that felt genuinely that way and not merely a pose.


Alan47 A+ 3/14/2016 11:59:07 AM

I adored the TV series. The only book I remember from that time was "Red File for Callan". I have now read all except the last two (which I have on order. Great books and for those who lived in the 70's, great nostalgia.


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