|“|| Stelios: How about say goodbye to your dog, because this man who has him once he's through, he'll probably kill him.|
Mary: I can't believe that. Chandler is a very nice man.
Stelios: Lady, he's an international thief! He's a probably murder! And what your dog has tattooed somewhere on his body is worth nothing to him if anyone else gets their hands on it. Now if he's killed a person, is he going to stop at a little brown dog?
|~ Stelios to Mary about Chandler.|
Chandler Dietrich is the main antagonist of Joe Camp's 1977 film For the Love of Benji. He is a phony CIA agent who wants to murder a top scientist and kidnap Benji. Chandler's real name is unknown, as he never mentioned it in the film.
He was portrayed by the late Ed Nelson.
While waiting to check-in, Mary learns that the man behind her in line, Chandler, is also headed to Crete. Chandler then sneaks into the employee-only luggage area, snatches Benji's carrier off a conveyor belt, drugs the dog, and imprints a code in his paw. Upon arrival in Crete, Chandler befriends Mary, while the family learns that Benji and Tiffany missed the connecting flight from Athens.
Meanwhile, Chandler pursues Benji in a sports car, but loses him. Alone again, Benji wanders to a hotel, where he spots Mary, Paul, and Cindy, but runs away when he sees Chandler.
Procuring a Doberman named Calaga, Chandler tracks Benji to the ruins. Sometime later, in the city, a butcher named Yiannis feeds Benji in his shop. Benji takes a nap, but is awakened by Calaga barking. When Chandler enters the shop, Benji springs from a cupboard and escapes.
Returning to Yiannis' shop, Benji sees his friend talking to Stelios, but before Benji can get their attention, Chandler grabs the dog at gunpoint. However, Stelios and Yiannis release Calaga, whom Chandler tied up outside the shop, and Stelios follows Calaga to find Chandler and Benji. As Calaga leaps at Chandler, Benji escapes once more. Calaga chases Benji to the ruins, but the stray dog chases him away.
After Mary and the kids find Benji, Stelios arrives to announce that he has to take Benji away for a few days. Before Stelios can explain, Chandler hits him over the head with a gun, knocking him unconscious. Chandler then lies the family, claiming that he's a U.S. agent who must take Benji because the dog holds the key to important information. Instructing Mary to call the police and hold Stelios at gunpoint, Chandler leaves with Benji. Stelios awakens and tells Mary that Chandler is an impostor. The real Dietrich was found murdered in New Jersey and that this man is impersonating him for his own gain. Stelios explains he is a real secret agent, not Chandler, and he has orders to save the life of a top scientist and to preserve a project of worldwide significance and Mary is reluctant to believe him.
Meanwhile, Chandler takes Benji to a yacht, where Ronald and Elizabeth are waiting. When the couple accuse the impostor of trying to double-cross them, he knocks them unconscious. As Benji escapes, Chandler pursues the dog back to the hotel, which is now surrounded by the police. Seeing that the impostor is holding Cindy at gunpoint in the car, Benji rushes at Chandler, knocks the gun to the ground, and rescues Cindy as the police arrest Chandler.