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Reilly: Ace of Spies 

A dramatization of the missions and adventures of the greatest spy in British history.
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Sam Neill ...  Sidney Reilly 12 episodes, 1983
Michael Bryant ...  Narrator 11 episodes, 1983
Norman Rodway ...  Cummings 10 episodes, 1983
Tom Bell ...  Dzerzhinsky 6 episodes, 1983
Hugh Fraser ...  Hill 6 episodes, 1983
Jeananne Crowley Jeananne Crowley ...  Margaret 5 episodes, 1983
Clive Merrison ...  Savinkov 5 episodes, 1983
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A dramatization of the missions and adventures of the greatest spy in British history.

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The epic adventures of Britain's greatest spy [DVD Australia] See more »


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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1983 (UK) See more »

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Reilly: Ace of Spies See more »

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(12 parts) | (DVD)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In 1895, Sidney Reilly had an affair with Ethel Lillian Voynich, a married Russian author. In 1897, Voynich wrote a popular novel, "The Gadfly". It was rumored that the adventurous hero of the novel was based on Reilly. In 1956, the novel was made into a movie, and Dmitri Shostakovich was commissioned to compose the music. The same music, "The Gadfly-Romance", is heard as the theme to this show. See more »

Goofs

Nadia Massino did not marry Alfred Nobel - he died a bachelor in 1896 and according to the series, Reilly met her in the 20th century. Feliz Dzerzhinsky never met Reilly, and did not carry out the interrogation or execution. Reilly also was not connected with the forged letter that toppled the British government. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Fried: Live for the present, die for the future.
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Referenced in Inside 'The Living Daylights' (2000) See more »

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Romance
from "The Gadfly"
Written by Dmitri Shostakovich
Theme music of the miniseries (opening and closing credits)
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Superb series, one of the best of its kind. No, the best.
22 October 2001 | by smokehill retrieversSee all my reviews

Fabulous work by Neill, as usual, in this early work. This series, for the most part historically accurate, covers the almost unbelievable espionage/covert ops careers in history by a man virtually unknown until this series ran. Fascinating perspectives on the political machinations going on in Europe & Asia at the time, most of which Sidney Reilly was involved in at one time or another. This is almost never seen since its initial few runs on PBS, but if it comes back, do NOT miss it. I wish I had taped it now....


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