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Screenplay by
TONY WILLIAMSON
 
Directed by
FREDDIE FRANCIS
 
 
Voodoo magic, or something far more logically explained? This is what the Champions have to find out when a Nemesis scientist apparently dies of fear... to the sinister background of throbbing Voodoo drums.
 
 
Ralph Charters (HEDGER WALLACE) is a scientist attached to Nemesis, staying at an hotel in Haiti where there is an unusually high percentage of VIPs among the guests. He succeeds in warning Tremayne (ANTHONY NICHOLLS) that something is going on there. But thatís all. It is sufficient for Tremayne to despatch Sharron Macready (ALEXANDRA BASTEDO) to Haiti, and she goes to the same hotel—only to find that Charters is dead. His hair has turned white in a matter of moments. There is every sign of his having died of fright.
 
Sharron herself hears the throb of voodoo drums while descending in the elevator, and the macabre atmosphere is heightened when she meets a journalist named David Crayley (DONALD SUTHERLAND) and has a drink with him in the bar. Sharron suddenly spots something in his glass, and Crayley recognises it as one of the ouanga bags used for charms or curses—“This place reeks of Voodoo,” he comments—and, calling the manager, Prengo (ZIA MOHYEDDIN), complains. Prengo says there is a telephone call from New York waiting for him, and Crayley goes off to answer it. The next time Sharron sees him, he stares at her without recognition and says her has never seen her before.
 
Craig Stirling (STUART DAMON) and Richard Barrett (WILLIAM GAUNT) are sent to join Sharron who, meanwhile, has been watching a remarkable voodoo performance by an illusionist named Dambala. Part of his performance is putting a red-robed girl (TANIA) in a trance and placing her in a cage with a snarling panther. Following this, Sharron goes up to her room in the elevator, and again hears the sinister voodoo-drum beat. In the corridor, a poison dart is blown at her, but misses, and she sees the red-robed cabaret girl at the end of the corridor. Then two men leap at her, and the girl attacks her. Sharron succeeds in flinging herself into the elevator and getting away from them.
 
Craig and Richard arrive, and Sharron walks past them without a flicker of recognition...
 
They, too, discover that the elevator contains a clue to the mystery and, by a process of elimination, pin-point the ninth floor. Pressing the button, they walk out into a passage which takes them into a voodoo temple. Standing in front of the altar is Dambala; watching him are a number of VIPs who left the lounge—and Sharron, who reacts very slightly to Craig’s efforts to make telepathic contact with her. To their shocked surprise, they hear her warn Dambala: “There are two Nemesis agents staying in the hotel... Craig Stirling and Richard Barrett.”
 
Craig and Richard get back to their room without being seen. What’s going on? It is only when Sharron manages to speak to them that they learn the startling truth and the real identity of Dambala. Ruthless men can make use of both superstition and science...
 
 
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Series created by
Monty Berman
and Dennis Spooner
 
© Copyright Incorporated Television Co. Ltd. MCMLXVII
 
 
Stuart Damon
 
Alexandra Bastedo
 
William Gaunt
 
Anthony Nicholls
 
 
Craig Stirling
 
Sharron Macready
 
Richard Barrett
 
Tremayne
 
 
Zia Mohyeddin
 
Donald Sutherland
 
Tony Wall
 
Hedger Wallace
 
Christopher Carlos
 
Tania
 
Kenneth Gardnier
 
 
Prengo
 
David Crayley
 
Riley
 
Charters
 
Doctor
 
Girl in Red
 
Waiter
 
 
Production supervisor
 
Director of photography
 
Art director
 
Editor
 
 
Geoffrey Haine
 
Frank Watts
 
Charles Bishop
 
Peter Pitt
 
 
Musical director
 
Theme composed by
 
Post-production supervisor
 
Production manager
 
Casting
 
Stunt arranger
 
 
Edwin Astley
 
Tony Hatch
 
Philip Aizlewood
 
Malcolm Chistopher
 
Anthony Arnell
 
Bill Sawyer
 
 
Sound editor
 
Sound recordists
 
 
Music editor
 
Associate art director
 
Set dresser
 
Construction manager
 
 
Alan Corder
 
Len Abbott
Claude Hitchcock
 
Deveril Goodman
 
John Graysmark
 
Brian Rider
 
Bill Greene
 
 
Second unit director
 
Second unit cameraman
 
Camera operator
 
Assistant director
 
Continuity
 
Special effects
 
 
Ray Austin
 
James Allen
 
John Winbolt
 
Denny Lewis
 
Sally Ball
 
Sid Pearson
 
 
Scenic artist
 
Production buyer
 
Make-up supervisor
 
Hairdressing
 
Wardrobe supervisor
 
Supervising electrician
 
 
A.J. Van Montagu
 
Sid Palmer
 
Gerry Fletcher
 
Michael Jones
 
Laura Nightingale
 
Ted Hallows
 
 
The Champions
 
Made on location and at
ASSOCIATED BRITISH ELSTREE STUDIOS
ENGLAND.
 
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