ROY WARD BAKER
The Champions have to work out how to break into a top security vault, and its programmed to kill...
Lord Mauncey (DAVID LANGTON), wealthy and highly placed, is one of the nine people to have access to a top security vault operated by M.7.a vault which contains vital NATO documents. Why, therefore, should he try to break into the vault? He gets as far as obtaining the secret file, but is caught because he is unaware that type on the file is magnetised and that it operates an alarm system the moment it is moved from the vault.
Maunceys only explanation is that he took the file on impulse. He cannot explain why. But what worries Duncan (WILLIAM SQUIRE), the head of M.7, is that the vault is not so impregnable as he imagined, and Nemesis is asked to test the security system in case Mauncey has handed the secret to a foreign country.
Craig (STUART DAMON), Sharron (ALEXANDRA BASTEDO) and Richard (WILLIAM GAUNT) have the task of testing the system, with the warning that the last safeguard, if any intruder appears to be getting away with the file, is that the system is programmed to kill...
It really is a nutcracker to handle, and they decide to break into Duncans office to see if they can find details of the electronic code. They find it so easily that it might have been deliberately placed there for them. Is this part of Duncans plan and, if so, what lies behind it? Is he, in fact, also a traitor? Evidence mounts up that he is.
With the others watching events from the outside, Richard takes the risk of stealing the file. Its a tense, dangerous experience which meets with complete successexcept for one secret he keeps to himselfa secret which may well trap Duncan if he is, indeed, the guilty man.
Lord Mauncey, despite Sharrons efforts to make him talk, refuses to do so or to admit that he is in the pay of a foreign power. But when he is murdered, the case takes on even more sinister implications.
The Champions find one link between Mauncey and Duncan. Both have been attending the same dentist, a man named Warre (JOHN FRANKLYN-ROBBINS). But Warre and his colleague, Travers (DAVID KELSEY) and Walcott (JOHN BROWN), are by no means orthodox dentists...
Series created by
Monty Berman and Dennis Spooner
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A.J. Van Montagu
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