It was once noted that having arrived in the Colonel’s office after a supposed twelve hour journey, the crate is finally opened, and Number 6 and Nadia are on opposite sides of the crate to which they were when they originally got in the crate. Well obviously the crate was opened from the opposite side to the one they got into!
More than that is the red lorry which is supposed to be transporting
the crate with Number 6 and Nadia sealed inside, well there is no crate on the
back of the lorry! You'd think if someone was going to film a lorry on the
road, they'd actually put that crate, even if empty, on the back of that lorry,
certainly for continuity purposes. And in that regard it would have been better
if they could have had film of the same lorry, not that of two different ones! After
all, the film of the crates being put aboard a cargo ship, means the viewer can
assume that one of those crates contains Number 6 and Nadia. And again the
viewer sees a crate filmed being loaded onto a cargo plane. Perhaps the lorry
is from another film, in fact all the film of the twelve hour journey was
supplied by World Background.
‘The Chimes of Big Ben’ has a “cold war”
scenario. Forget for a moment that Number 6 and Nadia are supposedly escaping
from The Village, the action could easily suggest that they were simply
escaping from a country behind the Iron Curtain. And bringing the Prisoner back
to an office, again supposedly in London, with both Fotheringay and the Colonel
present, well that merely confirms it is the British who are behind The
And why oh why didn't Number 6
pick up on the fact that Big Ben chimes twice in the space of 2 minutes and 45
seconds. But it was rather clever for them to get the chimes of Big Ben, which
is being played on a tape recorder, to synchronise perfectly with the watch
worn by Number 6!
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