Film (1969; vt The Chairman). Apjac/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by J Lee Thompson. Written by Ben Maddow, based on The Most Dangerous Man in the World (1970) by Jay Richard Kennedy. Cast includes Anne Heywood, Arthur Hill, Gregory Peck and Conrad Yama. 104 minutes. Colour.
A distinguished Scientist (Peck) has a transmitter implanted in his head and is sent to China with the object of convincing Chairman Mao that he is a political defector. It is hoped he will learn the formula of a new enzyme, developed by the Chinese, that will enable crops to grow anywhere in the world; everything he says or hears goes via satellite to the intelligence team in London – who, unknown to him, have also implanted a small bomb in his head as insurance. This thriller is no more than mildly effective, its main oddity being the role, at the end, of the Russian army as valiant rescuers. [JB/PN]
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