Man in a suitcase Vehicle ?

transwest

Active Member
We were chatting in the pub about the old Cop/detective shows on TV, when up popped Man in a suitcase (a great trick if you can do it ?!)

Initially we couldn't remember the actors name (Richard Bradford) & I also offered the model of his car, which I thought was a Jensen CV8.

I've just been looking it up, but so far (15 minutes) I haven't found this. There is though, a link (IMCDb.org: "Man in a Suitcase, 1967-1968": cars, bikes, trucks and other vehicles) to a page of almost EVERY car ever shown in the program - hundreds - even if they are just passing or even parked in the street. It even includes planes, truck, buses etc. Luckily its in Alfy Betical order,,, but no Jensen is listed.

Have I got this wrong ? If so - what did he drive, and who drove the Jensen ?

cheers all
 

transwest

Active Member
Cheers Brian,
I have got a bit more,,,,
It was The Baron that drove the CV8 mk II. The numberplate would have given it away - BAR 1 (I wonder where they got that idea from).

I have just read that McGill drove a Hillman Imp,,,, but I don't recall that.

Will have a look on Ytube - cheers.
 

brian s

Distinguished Member
It was The Baron that drove the CV8 mk II. The numberplate would have given it away - BAR 1 (I wonder where they got that idea from).

I have just read that McGill drove a Hillman Imp,,,, but I don't recall that.
Yea that sounds about right. Man In A Suitcase was a bit seedy compared to the likes of The Saint and The Baron. I caught a bit of one a few years ago. He was in a field with a woman in jeans and a bra and he was beating her up!

Great theme tune though.

Man in a suitcase - YouTube

Bri
 

transwest

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as you say - a great tune - I wonder if Brian Matthews will play it on Sounds of the Sixties ? I'll ask.
 

Garrett

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He drove a Hillman Imp far removed from the Jensen. Although on Saturday sports they use to did some rallying and the Imp often won.

There was also an episode in The man from UNCLE where Napolian and and Illya where surrounded by a plethera of Hillman Imps, there was a slightly more up market version of it by Singer called the Chamios Coupe which the rear window sloped more than the Imp.
 
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Garrett

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as you say - a great tune - I wonder if Brian Matthews will play it on Sounds of the Sixties ? I'll ask.
Brian often played it in the instrumental slot just before the 9am news.
 

Garrett

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Yea that sounds about right. Man In A Suitcase was a bit seedy compared to the likes of The Saint and The Baron. I caught a bit of one a few years ago. He was in a field with a woman in jeans and a bra and he was beating her up!

Great theme tune though.

Man in a suitcase - YouTube

Bri
That sounds like the episode that had Donald Sutherland in as a villain and the woman would be the late Jenifer Jayne(best know for the wife of William Tell of the series of the same name).
He was not really seedy he was a disgraced CIA agent turned investigator. He had been framed for the disgrace and often went to find evidence of his innocence. He often had a cigarette in his mouth often in the corner and spoke with it still in :laugh:
The theme was great and was done by Ron Grainer and was used again for TFIF.

I dont think he was beating he up Bri just being a bit rough with her. McGill was more doen to earth than The Saint or The Baron and often came out on the worst end of a fight. and some cases although solved he some was not happy with the outcome.

Is this the episode discription Bri?

Five years previously a gang of armed robbers pulled off a gold bullion heist but only one of the, Keith Earle,was caught and sent to prison. Now that he is out he is on the trail of the hidden loot as well as catching up with the former gang members who left him to his fate and to whom he is only too ready to dispense rough justice. McGill is engaged by the police to locate both the murderous Earle and the stolen gold.
 
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brian s

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I dont think he was beating he up Bri just being a bit rough with her. McGill was more doen to earth than The Saint or The Baron and often came out on the worst end of a fight. and some cases although solved he some was not happy with the outcome.

Is this the episode discription Bri?

Five years previously a gang of armed robbers pulled off a gold bullion heist but only one of the, Keith Earle,was caught and sent to prison. Now that he is out he is on the trail of the hidden loot as well as catching up with the former gang members who left him to his fate and to whom he is only too ready to dispense rough justice. McGill is engaged by the police to locate both the murderous Earle and the stolen gold.
I didn't see the full episode Garrett. Just the bit I mentioned. They started to release this on DVD but only a single 2 episode disc got out. I don't know if any came out later. I can remember him smoking most of the time.

Bri
 

EarthRod

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Amazon are selling the complete 'Man in a Suitcase' series for about £24. Remastered 30 episodes in an 8 DVD box set.

I'm thinking of getting it for the missus as she loves these old 1960s series.
 

captainarchive

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Amazon are selling the complete 'Man in a Suitcase' series for about £24. Remastered 30 episodes in an 8 DVD box set.

I'm thinking of getting it for the missus as she loves these old 1960s series.
It's a great show, one of the better ITC shows although it can be very violent. I think it's USP was Mcgill getting beaten to a pulp each week.

And as Garret has already said the car he drove was a white Hillman Imp.
 

Garrett

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I think it at the time was one of the more adult ITC series the Saint often went out round 7pm and The Champions, Department S and Randell and Hopkirk went out at 8pm and I saw some of the latter go a lot earlier but in my region MIS when out after 9pm.
 

Mark_a

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I watched them all as a teenager when they started re-running all the old ITC shows late on a Friday/Saturday night. Can't really remember a single thing from Man In A Suitcase other than one sequence where he fails to shove a large envelope into a letter box - either he collapsed or was whacked from behind, I can't remember, but I think the scene was rather important.

I do remember liking it and thinking the show was cool because he was pretty cool. It didn't strike me till much later just how masochistic the show was. They seemed to revel in handing out as many beatings to the hero as possible.

Regards

Mark
 

Garrett

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I do remember liking it and thinking the show was cool because he was pretty cool. It didn't strike me till much later just how masochistic the show was. They seemed to revel in handing out as many beatings to the hero as possible.

Regards

Mark
Well that's better realism than The Saint when 99.9% of the fights he gets in even if more than 1 came out the winner no damage and hes clothes as immaculate as he started.
 

prism10

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Was it the Saint who drove the Jensen in one of its incarnations? I do remember the poor early 90s versions has the Jensen car.

Man in the suitcase was rather down and dirty, I am sure he was not the Jensen type and no one got more beatings than the Richard Bradford character :(
 

captainarchive

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The Saint drove a Volvo. I think they tried to get Aston Martin to give them a car for the publicity but they declined.
 
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EarthRod

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From what I remember, the Saint drove a white rolls silver ghost in the early episodes, I think it was a drop-top. Lovely car. Very John Lennon.

He also has a tendency to stop in the middle of the English countryside and sipped champagne for no apparent reason. Where he was attacked by four baddies but he beat them off single-handed then straightened his tie and smoothed his hair down.

He was In with the In crowd, way out man... Very 1960s!

:cool:
 

Mark_a

Well-known Member
The Man From Uncle drove a Jensen Interceptor in The Protectors if I remember correctly.

Regards

Mark
 

Garrett

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The Saint drove a Volvo. I think they tried to get Aston Martin to give them a car for the publicity but they declined.
I believe it was an E-Type but at the time they were the in car and there was a waiting list even a lot of celebrities were waiting for them so letting the Saint have one was superfluous as they hardly needed to sell any more.

As Cap said above the Saint drove a Volvo 1800, In the Val Kilmer Saint film he also drove a Volvo C70 and the Ian Ogilvy drove a Jag XJS.

And it Was Simon Dutton's saint who drove as Jensen Interceptor, there was a later version of the Interceptor called the FF which was a four wheel drive.
 

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