A jazz group the Arthur Rogers Modern Jazz Quintet are having their London debut. They are frustrated that the compositions they play are organised already for them for their shows. The mysterious band manager provides the compositions and often with very little time beforehand. Carlos Varela stumbles across the hidden reason for these songs being curated for the band, it may have something to do with the important people attending the concerts.
Off the banks of the Thames near the Wharf Pier lies Mercury International where Carlos Varela begins his story in this series. Carlos’s intelligence and charm plays to his spy-like coolness and bachelor style all make this character a great cover for whatever he is up to. This first episode sets the scene for a series of mysterious and chivalrous action.
The code book is a fake? or not? Gene Bradley is sent off to convince Armand that the code book he has is the real one and to discredit Nita whom claims that it is the fake. Nita is being confused by Gene’s manipulation of her memory of their time together, ultimately showing her to be a forgetful lady and Armand is noticing. The safe which holds the “genuine” code book is broken into and a swap is made. Armand is certain that Nita has tried to fool him and she is promptly restrained. Gene Bradley will need to get Nita away from harm especially since he’s the one that put her in danger.
The Good Book starts slow and choppy but the story begins to make sense as the true plan of Gene develops. Gene Barry plays the Adventurer who is sent to disrupt Nita’s intentions with Armand and to bring her back for Mr. Parminter. But this plan fails as Nita is able to get away from the spotlight and so she should. There is a humourous scene when Diane Marsh played by Catherine Schell flings herself into the safe room but the fill-in actor is an obviously buff male. LOL moment.
Gene Bradley is looking to leave the rainy London scene and head off to the beaches of France far from Mr Parminters covert request. Even on the beaches of France with a beautiful lady and with his adoring fans he cannot get away from the life of an agent. The secret locations for missile launchers are now known but have to kept away from pursuing thugs. When this information was unmistakably given away, Gene has to retrieve this data but also save his damsel in distress on land and sea.
Return to Sender is the fifth episode of this series and it shows a slow evolution into a more ridiculous series. There are countless moments where the acting seems far too amateur to have aired on English television and that might be saying a lot. This storyline of a “microdot” with secret information being accidentally given to a young girl is the catch but the story lacks even a hint of credibility (which it should have in these cases). The setting is great as I have always loved the southern coast of France. Not one of the best episodes but relatively easy to watch.
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.
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.