[Parts 1 & 2]

DVD - 2015
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A 2-part miniseries, based on the bestselling novel by William Boyd. Enter a cloak and dagger world where everyone and everything is under suspicion. Haunted by the death of her brother at the hands of fascist thugs, Russian ⥭igr⥠Eva Delectorskaya is recruited to be a British secret agent by the shadowy figure, Lucas Romer. After proving her merit in the field, she is sent on the most dangerous mission of her life. She must use any means necessary to manipulate the American press and draw the States into World War II. Unbeknownst to her, there are more sinister powers at work, and a deadly betrayal forces her into hiding. But once a spy, always a spy. Years later, she is gripped with paranoia when she fears her cover has been blown. With no one else to turn to, she recruits her unsuspecting daughter to help uncover the truth and confront the elusive Romer. After a life of conspiracy and intrigue, Eva wonders if she?ll ever feel safe. Time is running out, and she must unravel all the mysteries before it?s too late
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], c2015
Characteristics: 1 video disc (185 min.) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in
Other Standard Identifier: 054961242795


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Sep 15, 2017

The movie was well made with plenty of action and intrigue.

Aug 06, 2017

I'm an hour into this and aside from being bored, there are already loads of howlers: 1) Boyd calls the lady spy Eva Delectorskaya . As in "delectable." Well, I suppose Pussy Galore was already taken. 2) Her brother the spy is killed by fascist thugs, in what is shown to be a very minor beating. Really? Who knew you could die from being briefly roughed up? 3) Lady spy chooses to work for the spymaster, although she has an elderly father to protect and her brother has just been killed. Whose going to take care of Dad if she (more than likely) gets killed too? 4) At her spy training they tell her that her boss has said she doesn't need to have the pistol training that seemingly others are receiving. Shortly thereafter, her boss tells her to trust no one, especially him. She says she won't. But does she next say "Well then, I think I should be trained in how to use a pistol." No she does not. Because she trusts him. Obviously she is stupid and he is devious. And we're supposed to believe she survives the war? I don't think so.

After finishing it, I found it pointless and implausible. A weak spy story woven around a bit of sexual attraction. The only good thing was seeing a female go on an adventure. But this is offset by her being too stupid to see how she is being manipulated.

Jun 12, 2017

Kept my interest though takes a while to get going. The choice to move the drama forward using parallel stories works, but wish they'd have tried to find actors that looked more alike than Rufus Sewell/Michael Gambon + Hayley Atwell/Charlotte Rampling. Gambon is pretty much wasted in his infinitesimal role anyway.

Mar 18, 2017

Excellent spy thriller. Wonder how much is true.

Mar 03, 2017

Not a bad story and interesting if one wants to see a show with female protagonists in action.
It was another runaway production from Europe made in South Africa and set in Europe and North America.

Feb 12, 2017

A slow mover.
Except for Hayley Atwell (as lovely as ever), there was not much to get excited about here.
Certainly good sets and atmosphere. But other than the secret revelations between mother and daughter, there was little depth in character relationships.
Rufus Sewell might as well have been carved out of cardboard.

Jan 22, 2017

A very good adaptation of William Boyd's spy thriller with alternating story line between the second World War and the present linked together. Great acting.

Dec 29, 2016

This series is much better than your usual movie or TV show. Good plot and good actresses (and actors) flesh out the recruitment and development of a young woman, recruited to a British intelligence service prior to WW2. Nice job by Hayley Atwell, and good to see Charlotte Rampling and Michelle Dockery in key roles.

Cannot figure out why that title but a good movie

Oct 09, 2016

Thoroughly entertaining. So much better than the programs normally available on TV.

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