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Screenplay by
Directed by
The Champions investigate mysterious happenings on a tropical island which threaten world peace.
When secret agent Withers (BRANDON BRADY) is the third man to disappear while investigating a mysterious tropical island, Nemesis sends the Champions to find out what is happening. Craig (STUART DAMON) and Sharron (ALEXANDRA BASTEDO) pose as husband-and-wife castaways and are taken to the house of the island’s owner, Kellor (VLADEK SHEYBAL), while Richard (WILLIAM GAUNT) lands by parachute.
Richard discovers something very like a missile installation, but it is so securely guarded that he has to lie low. Meanwhile Craig and Sharron find themselves near-prisoners in Kellor’s house where Kellor himself seems to be under the influence of two Chinese, Kai Min (ANDY HO) and Tsi Chong (ROBERT LEE).
Richard makes another search of the installation and is captured by Kellor’s accomplice Perango (BENITO CARRUTHERS). Half-conscious, he is confronted by Craig and Sharron; Kellor wants to see if he recognises them. But, with their telepathic powers, they are able to warn Richard, who is then locked into a hut with several other prisoners, among them Withers. They have been forced to act as slave labour on the island.
Exchanging evidence, Richard and Withers realise that the missiles are intended to breach the Russian and American early-warning systems, thus making both countries think they have been attacked—and thus to start a third World War.
With the help of Richard’s super strength, they break their chains and escape from the prison into the jungle. Sharron and Craig also manage to flee from Kellor’s house, but they are captured and taken back, only to find that Kai Min has already set the missile into operation. American radar screens are already showing waves of enemy missiles approaching. On the aircraft carrier that is standing by to evacuate the Champions, even the Admiral (ALAN GIFFORD) is agitated.
However, Richard and his party of escaped prisoners are still free and when they attack the missile headquarters and overcome the guards, they have got to “persuade” Tsi Chong to find the button which will destroy the missiles...
Series created by
Monty Berman
and Dennis Spooner
© Copyright Incorporated Television Co. Ltd. MCMLXVII
Stuart Damon
Alexandra Bastedo
William Gaunt
Anthony Nicholls
Vladek Sheybal
Craig Stirling
Sharron Macready
Richard Barrett
Max Kellor
Brandon Brady
Alan Gifford
Bill Nagy
Benito Caruthers
Andy Ho
Richard Bond
Kai Min
Radar Operator
Associate Producer
Director of photography
Art director
Johnny Goodman
Frank Watts
Charles Bishop
Peter Pitt
Musical director
Theme composed by
Post-production supervisor
Production manager
Edwin Astley
Tony Hatch
Philip Aizlewood
Malcolm Chistopher
Judith Jourd
Sound editor
Sound recordists
Music editor
Associate art director
Set dresser
Construction manager
William Trent
Len Abbott,
Dave Bowen
Deveril Goodman
John Graysmark
John Jarvis
Bill Greene
Second unit director
Second unit cameraman
Camera operator
Assistant director
Special effects
John Hough
James Allen
John Winbolt
Pat Kelly
Valery Norman
Sid Pearson
Scenic artist
Production buyer
Make-up supervisor
Wardrobe supervisor
Supervising electrician
A.J. Van Montagu
Sid Palmer
Gerry Fletcher
Pat Grant
Laura Nightingale
Ted Hallows
The Champions
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