|Saint or Stooge? Templar or traveler?|
Adventurer or Ad-libber?
Wise, or merely weary (and jet-lagged)?
|The British call these dolphins. |
Don't ask me why.
“The Paper Chase” comes as something of a surprise. Although it would return to some of those familiar sets, the episode offers us a few new production locations. Simon Templar boards a train, and like James Bond, soon engages in a fight-to-the-death as he travels to Germany. But my favorite moment of all is the beginning, when he steps off Westminster Bridge and onto the Victoria Embankment. For I have been there too. At the time, my thoughts might have been on Doctor Who and Monty Python, but I walked those same steps, passed those same light posts, and watched the boats traveling the same river. When next I return to England, and visit London, I shall return to that place so immortalized by the TV shows I love. I may not be dressed in a tuxedo, and I may not be drafted by British Intelligence for an important mission, but my visit there will still be rich with meaning.