The Silence of the Jason Kings

A Small Test of Nerve

That was the title of a surprisingly still relevant episode of quirky 60’s spy series Department S, which was the show that introducday the world to the character of Jason King played by Peter Wyngarde. The episode is about chemical weapons being used in warfare and terrorism and the inventor of a particularly deadly chemical is driven insane by the effects of it and plans a terrorist attack to force Governments to put a ban on Chemical warfare. It is an episode of note because the main guest star is played by a young Anthony Hopkins whom we all would later know for his portrayal of the cannibalistic Hannibal Lecter in the Silence of the Lambs. Here he shows that unnerving menace when he appears as a sinister facet of the scientist when suffering the effects of the Chemical.


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