Either by disguise or under the guise of humanitarian efforts, the northern regions of India are beginning to be inhabited by the communist Chinese. Michael Straight is assigned to a remote town in northern India where he can see first hand the infiltration taking place. Dr Bahandi, from the Indian government, is tasked with finding a way to stop this incursion and she uses a method that stirs at the heart of human fear.
The tensions between the border of India and China have essentially been an ongoing saga throughout history. Now, Straight is sent to get a glimpse into a possible hidden incursion by the “Red” Chinese. Additionally, Dr. Bahandi played by Leena Naidu is also there in the capacity of a loyal Indian subject. Since intimidation by strength was not working Straight and Dr Bahandi must find another way to force the troops in disguise back where they came from.
In the French Riviera, a heiress is nearly kidnapped when a stranger, Martin King, rescues her. Now she is ready to elope with this unknown saviour. Michael Strait has the opportunity to meet the fresh couple and find out why the sudden love birds are so elusive. Coincidences strike Strait’s intuition a bit odd about this stranger and his friend Jim Smedley. To expose the bad intentions Strait will need to take them out to deep water to show their real selves.
Too often a story comes along of a somewhat bored and risk seeking heiress finding her way out. This episode works on that trope, where the heiress played by Erica Rodgers is infatuated with a knight in shining armour wherever they may be. But what is really needed is for the knight in shining armour to show himself as he really is.
Somethings wrong with Tony Gardner. His long racing career is in jeopardy due to his newly experienced failing eyesight. His impairment is showing to those close to him and endangers those racing with him. With the Grand Prix coming up, Tony’s pride and the reluctance of the Ciranno racing company to use a different driver forces Michael Strait to intervene. As the race begins so comes the time for Ciranno to resolve the differences between the driver and the race.
An aging race driver who risks his and others lives around him mainly due to his pride and his aspirations sounds like a good story. However, this episode has two underlining stories, one the story of Tony Gardner as the old race driver and two the Ciranno racing head Mario and his up and coming race car driver son Ricki. Michael Strait sets both straight as is expected but the story was not as intense and grabbing as the previous episode. Lotus provided the vehicles in the filming of this episode so for the car enthusiasts this might be your episode but for fans of struggle and victory this may not suit your style.
An interesting assignment for Michael Strait photographing the reclusive daughter of one of the richest men in the world. The mere act of publishing the photos of the daughter would risk her life as she tries to maintain a life outside of her fathers Spanish villa. Michael Strait is all too willing to help but finds himself in a plot in which everyone tried to avoid.
A long term concocted plan to hide the identity of the daughter comes to an exploding end or so it seems. This colour pilot episode brightens up this storyline and is set on the coast of Spain near the Strait of Gibraltar. The scenes of the blue ocean, tree lined villas and yachts really encapsulate the jet-set experience of the rich and famous. Graham Stark, who is a regular in one of my favourite movie series The Pink Panther, also makes an appearance.
Tensions are rising between the Algerian delegates and the French ruling military presence. A conference is to be held to find a peaceful resolution for both parties in the wake of an assassination of a local freedom fighter. Michael Strait is tasked to attend and find out the truth to why there is sabotage in the air.
A picture is worth more than a thousand words and this first episode of the Man of the World series begin right away with powerful footage of rioting Algerian revolutionaries against the occupying French government. The foundation is set for the series and the character of Michael Strait, played by Craig Stevens, by establishing his credibility as a world-renowned photographer and international influencer on governments and politicians. Tracy Reed as Maggie Warren adds an elegance to the series which almost demands it with all the jet setting men around.