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Once Upon a Spy (1980)

Ted Danson plays a computer genius who gets involved in the theft of an important N.A.S.A. computer, then thrust into the world of espionage with Sir Christopher Lee.


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Jimmy Sangster (teleplay), Lemuel Pitkin (story) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Danson ... Jack Chenault
Mary Louise Weller ... Paige Tannehill
Christopher Lee ... Marcus Valorium
Eleanor Parker ... the Lady
Leonard Stone ... Dr. Webster
Terry Lester Terry Lester ... Rudy
Jo McDonnell ... Susan
Lillian Müller ... Christine (as Yuliis Ruval)
Irena Ferris Irena Ferris ... Greta
Burke Byrnes ... Burkle
Gary Dontzig Gary Dontzig ... Klaus
Bobb Hopkins ... Hans
Vicky Perry Vicky Perry ... the Cashier
John Hostetter ... Chief (as John R. Hostetter)
William Wintersole ... Commander


Ted Danson plays a computer genius who gets involved in the theft of an important N.A.S.A. computer, then thrust into the world of espionage with Sir Christopher Lee.

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Release Date:

19 September 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lethal Games See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Just before the car is taken away by magnet below helicopter, another helicopter is visible just off to the right. Few seconds later the second helicopter has vanished. See more »


Marcus Valorium: How many years has it been now?
Jack Chenault: Twelve.
Marcus Valorium: And seventeen days.
Jack Chenault: That's a great memory.
Marcus Valorium: I don't like losing, Chenault.
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References You Only Live Twice (1967) See more »

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3 July 2000 | by heedarmySee all my reviews

Neat little TV movie, in the spirit of "The Men From U.N.C.L.E." A pre-Cheers Ted Danson is partnered with an athletic female lead, and Christopher Lee is always good value as the villain. Former Hammer scribe Jimmy Sangster had a hand in the story.

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