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Reply Box No 666’ — “The Champions”


Craig Sterling, Sharron Macready and Richard Barrett These are the Champions. 

Endowed with the qualities and skills of superhumans — qualities and skills, both physical and mental, to the peak of human performance. Gifts given to them by an unknown race of people, when their ‘plane crashed near a lost civilisation in Tibet. Now, with their secrets known only to them, they are able to use their fantastic powers to their best advantage as the Champions of law, order and justice. Operators of the international agency, Nemesis!”

The Champions” was a British television (ITC) production, starring three individuals, Craig Stirling (Stuart Damon), Sharron Macready (Alexandra Bastedo) and Richard Barrett (William Gaunt), all of whom work for a NATO law enforcement organization named Nemesis (this being the Cold War era) and its head, Tremayne (Anthony Nicholls). who was not aware of the peculiar abilities of his three best agents. On their first mission in Communist China, their plane was shot down over Tibet, where they were rescued by members of an advanced, hidden civilization and returned to full health and beyond. Their treatment gave them extraordinary physical and mental abilities: enhanced senses, strength and reflexes, superior intellect, a limited precognitive ability and a psychic link between them, among other things they were then unaware of.

Some of the episodes involved elements of hypnosis and mind control, but episode ‘Reply Box No 666’ stands out because of the hypnosis scene involving Macready as the seductive (appropriately enough, as she did seduce her subject back to her room prior to the induction) hypnotist. ⇒ Continue reading “Reply Box No 666’ — “The Champions””

GenCon Findings — 2011

This past weekend I attended GenCon, the major gaming convention in the US. As usual, I am looking for interesting and unusual roleplaying games, especially ones that have elements of hypnosis or mind control as part of the character designs or in the opposition. This year, I found three such games.

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Favorite Stories of Hypnotism” by Don Ward, editor

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Background: When I graduated from junior high school to high school, I continued to be a student volunteer in the library. Again, I would be disappointed (but not surprised) that the school library did not have any books on hypnosis. (As opposed to the county library, where even sometimes the mobile library van that would come around the neighborhood every Friday during the summer would have one or two.) However, I was surprised to discover, at the very end of the story collection shelves, a hardcover copy of “Favorite Stories of Hypnotism” (1965) edited by Don Ward. The black cover with its shadowy female face, concentric circles radiating out from her left eye, is just so stereotypical but to my mind back then, so demonstrative of hypnosis that, of course, I had to check it out. I was not disappointed in what I found, and even today, many of the stories are still worthwhile, though dated.

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (1969)

James Bond (George Lazenby) is on the trail of Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Telly Savalas), now hiding in an exclusive clinic in Switzerland. Blofeld’s latest scheme is a world-wide blackmail plot, assisted by a number of lovely ladies under Blofeld’s hypnotic control. Complicating matters is the mutual attraction Bond feels toward Tracy di Vicenso (Diana Rigg), daughter of the head of the Union Corse crime syndicate.

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Our Man Flint” (1966)

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History: The year is 1966. America is undergoing the throes of the British spy invasion. James Bond 007 leads the assault from the movie screen and book racks everywhere, supported ably on the small screen by “The Avengers”. America counters with its own home-grown television spy series. “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” and “Get Smart”, but who shall challenge the forerunner, the invincible 007 himself, on the big screen?

In answer to America’s call comes Derek Flint, superspy, martial artist, ballet master, speaker to porpoises, millionaire, gourmand, man-about-town, ladies man, etc. In effect, everything James Bond is, and more. Armed with his trick lighter, which can perform 82 different functions (83 if you include lighting a cigar,) his quick wits and flashing grin, Flint saves the world from potential conquerors and nuclear disaster in “Our Man Flint” (1966) and “In Like Flint” (1967).

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