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The Adventurer Season 1 Episode 25: Somebody Doesn’t Like Me

Bradley finds out that there is a contract on his head. Not that this is unexpected however it is a serious warning. There is a big reward for The Adventurers head and plenty of suspects who do not like him very much. After narrowly escaping death, Gene is searching for answer to the people behind this attempt on his life. He’ll have to bait the assassins into a false sense of security in order for their real plans are to be exposed.

Personal Synopsis

Nice suit and tie. Gene Bradley is a marked man in this episode “Somebody Doesn’t Like Me”.  A decent tale where Gene Bradley who also plays in the business market has built up the number of his enemies and the consequences marks him for death. Its easy to see why anyone would want to harm Bradley, a rich man, famous actor and government agent all in one. Peter Vaughn, who we see often in ITC shows, plays the antagonist role very well. A decent show, may watch it again.

Original Air-Date: 1972

Directed by Cyril Frankel

Written by Donald James

Gene Bradley- Gene Barry

Mr. Parminter- Barry Morse

Co-pilot- William Abney

Commissionaire- Edward Dentith

Gavin Jones- Garrick Hagon

Buckley- Robin Hawdon

Barman- Jeremy Higgins

Krista- Penelope Horner

Sorenson- Reginald Marsh

Morgan- Jim Norton

Roberts- Peter Vaughan

Reynolds- James Ware

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The Adventurer Season 1 Episode 12: Target!

Gene Bradley is in Amsterdam to coax an international arms dealer named Harry Venner to come out of hiding. To do so Gene must offer himself to be assassinated by purposely bothering Venner’s operations.  As long as Gene can keep himself alive, eventually Venner will expose himself out in the open. Venner is left no choice but to try to get Gene himself or risk everything.

Personal Synopsis

Another episode with an exotic location but lacking heart. Having been to Amsterdam, It was great to see places that I had visited in a time machine of 40 years. The episode is quite lackluster otherwise. An international arms dealer that needs to be provoke out of hiding by offering up a “pest” Gene Bradley as a pawn. Though successful, the general feeling from the episode is one of a lack of urgency or need to stop the crimes of Venner, besides it would be far more exciting if he was the main subject of the story, not Bradley.

Original Air-Date: 1972

Directed by Cyril Frankel

Written by Philip Broadley

Gene Bradley- Gene Barry

Mr. Parminter- Barry Morse

Jan- Leslie Crawford

Willet Mosselman- Guy Deghy

Inspector- Alan Downer

Astrid- Astrid Frank

Captain Arilla- Michael Godfrey

Porter- Denis McCarthy

Dieter- Tristan Rogers

Harry Venner- George Sewell

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The Adventurer Season 1 Episode 1: Miss Me Once, Miss Me Twice and Miss Me Once Again

A plan to assassinate Secretary Horvic has been discovered. His assassination would disrupt the alliances connected with his country and cause a revolt within the country. Gene Bradley is on the case, bringing his crew to thwart this attempt on the secretary’s life.  A bomb goes off, destroying the hotel room of the secretary but the danger is still present. It will take some ingenuity to stop the assassin’s persistence but also bring to the forefront the person responsible for the plot.

Personal Synopsis

This is the beginning episode for the Adventurer TV Series. There are no written introductions to the characters so we are placed within the storyline in a ever continuing saga. Gene Bradley is a movie star with a side job as an international agent. His contact Mr. Parminter played by Barry Morse, is the man in the office sending Gene out to save the day. Gene is joined by a cast of other agents that play small roles in these episodes, doing the hard work all while Gene laps up his celebrity. Episode 1, starts off with an assassination attempt, certainly not original but all the more entertaining due to the cast of Bernard Kay and Alex Scott. The episode’s writing wanes from clarity but I enjoyed watching the story unfold particularly the effort interject the claim of a double cross with the assassin.

Original Air-Date: 29 September 1972

Directed by Cyril Frankel

Written by Martin Roth

Gene Bradley- Gene Barry

Mr. Parminter- Barry Morse

Diane Marsh- Catherine Schell

Manservant- Keith Ashley

Vladimir Horvic- John Barrie

Wayne- Ed Bishop

Hotel Clerk- Ray Chiarella

Aide- Paul Greaves

Zentner- Bernard Kay

Woman Delegate- Elaine Montgomerie

Man in Corridor- Stuart Nichol

Gregory Varna- Alex Scott

Lady Hargrom- Margaretta Scott

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The Protectors Season 1 Episode 21: …With a Little Help from My Friends

With A Little Help From My Friends Title Shot

 A woman collapses at the door of Harry Rules apartment. She asks Harry to come with her because of a very urgent letter she received. Harry is forced into an assassination job of the Turkish President under the threat of physical danger. The rest of the Protectors are alerted so they begin to take measures to stop this blackmail.  The elaborate plan has taking place but the score still needs to be settled in order to find justice for those close to Harry.

Personal Synopsis

A story of hostage taking but a personal one. This episode shows Harry taking a route he wouldnt by assassinating a President. Of course he is prepared. Jeremy Brett makes an appearance as Kahan and is superb. A good episode to watch purely cause of the large cast.

Starring

Original Air-Date: 23 February 1973

Directed by Jeremy Summers

Written by Sylvia Anderson

Harry Rule- Robert Vaughn

Contessa Caroline di Contini- Nyree Dawn Porter

Paul Buchet- Tony Anholt

Suki- Yasuko Nagazumi

Chino- Anthony Chinn

Laura Rule- Hannah Gordon

Persuer- Roshan Seth

Kahan’s Henchman- Marc Zuber

Butler- John Gatrell

Kahan- Jeremy Brett

Johnny Rule- Daron Barnham

President- Martin Benson

President’s Aide- Saeed Jaffrey

Doctor- Desmond Jordan

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Strange Report Episode 12: Sniper: When Is Your Cousin Not?

Sniper Title Shot

A gunshot into the heart of the student movement in the Peoples Republic stirs up anger across the country. Strange is met by a fake relative trying to convince him to go to the Peoples Republic, knowing that this was a trick Strange followed along to see why he was beckoned. He is then asked to investigate the death of a student who lead the fight for freedoms and rights against the powerful government. The trail of evidence lays paths of confusion as alibis and motive interlock in one of Strange’s most difficult case. With the regime looking over Strange’s shoulder, the pressure to find out the killer is growing steadily. It could be anyone.

Personal Synopsis

This episode is a generic student uprising show where the head representative is killed by possibly any of a number of people. I didn’t really like this episode much, maybe for its similarities to other Strange Report episodes and the vagueness of the details of the story. The “People’s Republic” is the setting of this story but I can’t believe the writers couldn’t at least make up a name for a stereotypical eastern block country, especially instead of the generic name they gave it. There is a good cast in this episode, one of my favourites Martin Shaw and a classic ITC actor Alan MacNaughton but also Vladek Sheybal who always adds a creepiness to any story.

Starring

Original Air-Date: 14 December 1969

Directed by Peter Medak

Written by Nicholas Palmer

Adam Strange- Anthony Quayle

Hamlyn Gynt- Kaz Garas

Evelyn McLean- Anneke Wills

Marisha- Lelia Goldoni

Kulik- Vladek Sheybal

Olenka- Kika Markham

Savi- Martin Shaw

Colonel Vajda- Alan MacNaughton

Pavel Gordy- Sandor Elès

Taran- Michael Turner

Security Man- John Abineri

TV Studio Manager- Michael Sheard

Cafe Proprietor- Rod Beacham

Medical Student- Scott Fredericks

Hotel Proprietress- Joan Newell

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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