Agent. Operative. Spook. Call him what you want, but Swedish super-spy Carl Hamilton is back on telly, this time in the Mikael Håfström-directed Vendetta.
Carl Hamilton is one popular character. The protagonist of thirteen novels to date by Swedish author Jan Guillou has been the hero of eleven films and miniseries so far.
Two of the “Carl Hamilton” miniseries have screened in the US this year: Enemy’s Enemy and Commander Hamilton, in which Peter Haber (Beck, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Inspector and the Sea, Tatort) and Peter Stormare (Fargo, Chocolat, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, The Blacklist), respectively, star as the Swedish spy of spies.
Now comes a third: Vendetta, a six-parter with additional footage added to the film directed by multiple-award winner Mikael Håfström (1408, Days Like This, Evil, Ondskan), and starring Stefan Sauk (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter, Wallander) as Hamilton.
The Mafia kidnap two Swedish businessmen in Rome and take them to Sicily, where Carl Hamilton and his partner, Joar Lundwall (Per Graffman, The Sandhamn Murders, Wallander), are sent by the Swedish government to negotiate for the hostages’ release. But things don’t go according to Hoyle. In fact, they go incredibly wrong, and Lundwall is murdered by the mob.
Hamilton’s promise of revenge pits him against the powerful mob boss, Don Tommaso (Ennio Fantastichini, Loose Cannons, The Right Thing), and a bloody vendetta, one that includes threats against Tommaso’s drug business and Hamilton’s family, escalates between the spy and the Mafia.
Filmed in Sicily, Stockholm, and Mallorca, Spain, Vendetta costars many familiar faces from Swedish and Italian television and film, including Erland Josephson (Prospero’s Books), Pasquale Anselmo (Don Matteo), Renato Carpentieri (Don Matteo), Marika Lagercrantz (The Inspector and the Sea), Björn Granath (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Luigi Di Fiore (Inspector Nardone), Claes Ljungmark (Arne Dahl), Orso Maria Guerrini (A Case of Conscience), and Marcello Tusco (The Octopus).