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* DrinkBasedCharacterization: Quiller prefers Jack Daniels with ice -- strong, and completely lacking in sophistication. A drink that just screams "Stale Beer".


* RussianRoulette: In ''Quiller Balalaika'' a [[TheMafiya Russian Mafiya]] boss forces Quiller to play this game (after he's already witnessed [[BadBoss one of his mooks get killed]] this way) with one bullet and six spins of the chamber. The boss is stunned when Quiller actually survives.

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* RussianRoulette: In ''Quiller Balalaika'' a [[TheMafiya Russian Mafiya]] boss forces Quiller to play this game (after he's already witnessed [[BadBoss one of his mooks get killed]] this way) with one bullet and six spins of the chamber. The boss is stunned when Quiller actually survives. [[YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo So he orders his men to take Quiller out to the forest and shoot him properly.]]


* DrinkOrder: Quiller favours Jack Daniels with ice.


In 1966, one of the books, ''The Berlin Memorandum'', was [[TheFilmOfTheBook filmed]] under the title ''The Quiller Memorandum''. George Segal starred as Quiller, and the cast also included Creator/AlecGuinness, Creator/MaxVonSydow, Senta Berger and Creator/GeorgeSanders. The screenplay was written by Creator/HaroldPinter.

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In 1966, one of the books, ''The Berlin Memorandum'', was [[TheFilmOfTheBook filmed]] under the title ''The Quiller Memorandum''. George Segal Creator/GeorgeSegal starred as Quiller, and the cast also included Creator/AlecGuinness, Creator/MaxVonSydow, Senta Berger and Creator/GeorgeSanders. The screenplay was written by Creator/HaroldPinter.


* IWorkAlone: Quiller refuses to work with other shadow executives or "shields" (bodyguards) because he doesn't want to let his guard down by depending on someone else.

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* IWorkAlone: Quiller refuses to work with other shadow executives or "shields" (bodyguards) or other shadow executives because he doesn't want to let his guard down by depending on someone else.


* ComicBookTime: Quiller repeatedly says he's "getting old" in the first novel, written in 1965. His last mission is in "Quiller Balalaika", written in 1996 -- as Quiller was an agent during the Second World War this would put him in his seventies.

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* ComicBookTime: Quiller repeatedly says he's "getting old" "[[FeelingTheirAge getting old]]" in the first novel, written in 1965. His last mission is in "Quiller Balalaika", written in 1996 -- as Quiller was an a secret agent during the Second World War this would put him in his seventies.


* MrdicationTampering: In ''The Striker Portfolio'', West German fighter planes are crashing at a suspicious rate. When Quiller finds the saboteur, [[spoiler:he turns out to be the psychiatrist who's been giving the pilots sedatives to cope with stress. One of the pills in each tube is an increased dosage that knocks out the pilot so they crash. Quiller is incredulous that it's something so simple.]]

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* MrdicationTampering: MedicationTampering: In ''The Striker Portfolio'', West German fighter planes are crashing at a suspicious rate. When Quiller finds the saboteur, [[spoiler:he turns out to be the psychiatrist who's been giving the pilots sedatives to cope with stress. One of the pills in each tube is an increased dosage that knocks out the pilot so they crash. Quiller is incredulous that it's something so simple.]]

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* MrdicationTampering: In ''The Striker Portfolio'', West German fighter planes are crashing at a suspicious rate. When Quiller finds the saboteur, [[spoiler:he turns out to be the psychiatrist who's been giving the pilots sedatives to cope with stress. One of the pills in each tube is an increased dosage that knocks out the pilot so they crash. Quiller is incredulous that it's something so simple.]]


* RegularCaller: Quiller usually starts a novel being coaxed or conned into taking a mission by various directors of the Bureau. This is perfectly acceptable to him, as all shadow executives are {{Blood Knight}}s and their superiors are expected to be {{Manipulative Bastard}}s.



* RegularCaller: Quiller usually starts a novel being coaxed or conned into taking a mission by various directors of the Bureau. This is perfectly acceptable to him, as all shadow executives are {{Blood Knight}}s and their superiors are expected to be {{Manipulative Bastard}}s.

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* RegularCaller: Quiller usually starts a novel being coaxed or conned into taking a mission by various directors of the Bureau. This is perfectly acceptable to him, as all shadow executives are {{Blood Knight}}s and their superiors are expected to be {{Manipulative Bastard}}s.


* IncrediblyObviousTail: Played straight in "The Quiller Memorandum", as those following Quiller are trying to pressure him into making a mistake -- and "Quiller's Run", where he's being boxed in until a hitman catches up with him.

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* IncrediblyObviousTail: Played straight in "The Quiller Memorandum", as those following Quiller are trying to pressure him into making a mistake -- and "Quiller's Run", where he's being boxed in until a hitman catches up with him. Averted in most cases; though Quiller is good at picking up the subtle clues that show he's being followed, he does make the occasional mistake.


* DisownedAdaptation: Despite the movie getting critical acclaim, Creator/EllestonTrevor was not happy with the {{Chickification}} of Elsa.

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* DisownedAdaptation: Despite the movie getting critical acclaim, Creator/EllestonTrevor was not happy with the {{Chickification}} of Elsa. He wasn't happy about the TV series either.


* BlondGuysAreEvil: Oktober, epitomises the ideal Aryan, in contrast to his henchmen who are mostly squat, anonymous looking brunettes.

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