Goodbye, Mr Hand

12th October 2008 – 4.16 pm

I have reached the fourth series of Mission: Impossible now, and Leonard Nimoy has taken over the role of the man of many faces and sleight of hand. Martin Landau, as Rollin Hand, left the programme, going off to star in Space: 1999.

I was hoping that when Jim Phelps came to pick the agents for the first mission of the series he would pick up Rollin Hand's photo and, instead of casually discarding it as he does all the other non-entities, set fire to the photo, perhaps then stamping out the smouldering ashes of Hand's face with a particularly big boot.

Alas, it didn't happen. I suppose they didn't have the right to use his likeness.

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