Robin Hoods loyalty is typically uncontested by the merry men and the villagers but when a new stranger joins the outlaws this appears to change. He tells tales of dishonesty, where Robin has not upheld the principles of the outlaws. Now that an outlaw has been captured by the sheriff, the other outlaws are torn between believing this new charismatic stranger in their midst or having faith in Robin Hood truest intentions.
Funny thing trying to entrap Robin Hood. After so many attempts by the sheriff to foil the outlaws plans, the sheriff began to concoct a trap by infiltrating the outlaws in the sherwood forest. The circumstances lead to doubt of Robins sincerity in staving off the sheriffs will upon the villagers. However no matter how much evidence mounts against Robin, his heart shines through.
The code book is a fake? or not? Gene Bradley is sent off to convince Armand that the code book he has is the real one and to discredit Nita whom claims that it is the fake. Nita is being confused by Gene’s manipulation of her memory of their time together, ultimately showing her to be a forgetful lady and Armand is noticing. The safe which holds the “genuine” code book is broken into and a swap is made. Armand is certain that Nita has tried to fool him and she is promptly restrained. Gene Bradley will need to get Nita away from harm especially since he’s the one that put her in danger.
The Good Book starts slow and choppy but the story begins to make sense as the true plan of Gene develops. Gene Barry plays the Adventurer who is sent to disrupt Nita’s intentions with Armand and to bring her back for Mr. Parminter. But this plan fails as Nita is able to get away from the spotlight and so she should. There is a humourous scene when Diane Marsh played by Catherine Schell flings herself into the safe room but the fill-in actor is an obviously buff male. LOL moment.
A friend of Bradley’s is buried to rest, after following a trail to an Italian castle in regards to a stolen antiquity. Gene is compelled to take up this case. The castle is harbouring a Russian icon and some other activity that peaks Bradley’s interest. The amount of security seems overblown for a castle just simply protecting the valuable Russian icon, there must be other reasons.
Russian icons are indeed valuable and do have a history of thefts and forgery crimes associated with them. Icons have shown up often in ITC shows like The Baron and Department S likely because of its notoriety in society and come on, its Russian. Bradley is out trumped by some cool criminal characters in Icons are Forever, and I enjoyed watching it.
Bradley is re-routed to Amsterdam because of a coded message he receives. A friend of Bradleys, Jan de Groote, unaware that he married an agent was taken in by his wifes fellow agents to be sent back to her country. What was not known is that a double was put in place of Jan de Groote after the kidnaping. Bradley has his own tricks to play to expose this double and release his old friend from captivity.
A strange episode where the look-a-like double idea is taken a bit overboard. There are two Donald Houston who plays Jan de Groote and two Gene Bradley’s, if one wasn’t enough for you. This convoluted story plot is held together by duct tape by the great performance by consistently good Donald Houston, who is a regular guest cast member in a ton of ITC shows and Ingrid Pitt from Hammer Film Productions fame. Honestly, I had to re-watch this episode to clarify the gaps in my comprehension of the plot, which is not a good sign but Donald Houston redeems this episode.
Mr Parminter gets an anonymous phone call telling him to be at the wharf and check a package labelled from Gene Bradley. What he discovers calls in to question everything he knew about Bradley. Bradley is more clever than to get caught, so instead he deliberately offers himself to be arrested in order to learn the truth about a Mr. Calloway but he could be risking a fat jail sentence if he fails. He better expose the ring of criminals before the heavy handed justice system takes him down.
Weapons dealers are easy antagonists to add to the series. This Barry Morse directed episode has an air of charm, even with its dark shady shadowy figures hustling guns to countries ripe with revolution. We follow this twist in the story as Bradley goes undercover to uncover the elusive Mr. Calloway and his criminal deeds. Actually a great episode to watch and one of three episodes directed by Mr. Parminter himself Barry Morse.