ELEMENT OF RISK
"...I'm Lomax. Believe me if I tell you - I'm Mr Lomax."
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An unfortunate case of mistaken identity for Danny Wilde. He is believed to be an undisputed master-mind of crime. A planner of true genius' And his life depends on his being able to live up to it!
Lomax (SHANE RIMMER) is one of America's master crooks, a fact which is not unknown to the British Security authorities. Not surprisingly, they want to know why he is arriving in England. But Lomax has not risen so high in his profession for nothing and he is alert enough to spot trouble ahead when he lands at London Airport. He takes the immediate precaution of dropping the distinctive case he is carrying into another passenger's luggage trolley.
Danny Wilde (TONY CURTIS) is unlucky enough to be the other passenger. As Lomax is led off by Security, Danny is approached by a very attractive girl whose name, he discovers a little later and somewhat surprisingly, is Charlie (JUNE RITCHIE). She greets him with an enthusiastic kiss and urges him into a waiting car. Down the road, another passenger joins them. He is Carl Harris (WILLIAM MARLOWE).
Danny then discovers that the case in his trolley has identified him as Lomax. Even worse, unless he plays along with being Lomax things are going to be just too bad for him.
Taken to a luxurious penthouse, he learns more from a man named Mitchell (PETER BOWLES) who is obviously the top man in whatever the racket is. It is Mitchell who toasts him as "The undisputed master-mind of crime... a planner of true genius!" Danny is horrified, especially when he discovers that Lomax has been brought to England to master-mind a colossal crime. Bluffing desperately, he leads Mitchell into explaining what is happening and by degrees unearths the fact that a huge bullion robbery is being planned - bullion being brought in by the U.S. Air Force.
Meanwhile, Lord Brett Sinclair (ROGER MOORE) is worried because Danny has failed to keep a date to meet a couple of glamorous girls (KATERINE KESSEY and KAREN KESSEY), and that's unlike Danny. Thanks to help from Judge Fulton (LAURENCE NAISMITH), he learns about Lomax. One clue after another puts him on the trail. The fact that the gang have to kill a man who was to have been their get-away pilot gives Brett the opportunity to masquerade as a substitute pilot. In this way, he and Danny find themselves together again.
Unfortunately for Danny, Carl is already suspicious about his identity. Even more unfortunately, Lomax succeeds in escaping. The game is up, but the gang find it expedient to make use of both Danny and Brett in helping them carry out the audacious robbery.
Their lives are in acute danger and are not likely to be worth a penny afterwards, anyway. Fickle fortune, however, has decreed that Danny should appeal so much to Charlie that she can't bear the idea of her colleagues killing him...
DEVISED AND PRODUCED BY ROBERT S. BAKER
"The Persuaders!" theme by JOHN BARRY
In charge of Production - JOHNNY GOODMAN
Lord Sinclair's clothes designed by Roger Moore.
Assistant Director - PETER PRICE
Sound Recordist - CLAUDE HITCHCOCK
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