Biggles: Adventures in Time (1986)

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Meet Jim Ferguson. He lived a daring double-life with one foot in the 20th century and the other in World War I.

This adventure film is based on the Biggles character from the series of books by Captain WE Johns.

The plot evolves around New York Advertising expert Tim (played by Alex Hyde White) who is at a business party one minute then finds he is transported back to 1917 during a plane fight during World War One. Here, he saves the life of the handsome Royal Flying Corpe Pilot James ‘Biggles’ Bigglesworth (played by Neil Dickson) before being transported back to the 1980s. With the help of Air Commander William Raymond (played by Peter Cushing in his final role) he discovers he has a ‘time twin’ to whom he’s relocated in space and time.

I watched this film for the first time a while ago  with Edd (my partner) who had told me about it several times. However having read some of the original Biggles books I was disappointed about how Americanised this British classic was. A great deal of the film seemed similar to Back to The Future (as they were both released around the same time).

Having seen Peter Cushing in so many classic horror films I felt this film didnt do him justice. A good effort despite being given bad reviews by critics at the time.

My rating: 4/5

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