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THE ADVENTURER

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Full Name: Gene Bradley
Series Name: The Adventurer
Nationality: American
Organization: American Intelligence
Occupation Agent

Creator: Monty Berman , Dennis Spooner
Time Span: 1972 - 1973

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Gene Bradley is an agent with British Intelligence.
       I am guessing on the nationality. No agency name, that I know of, is mentioned in the televised adventures of this roving operative but he definitely worked for one as shown by the often uptight, always put-upon Mr. Parminter who directed his missions and had to deal with the stress of dealing with an unorthodox and highly independent agent. But Parminter is British and Bradley is American so it is uncertain as for which country the work is being done.
       To the outside world, though, Bradley is a beloved, admired, and well known movie star who uses this obviously quite overt occupation as a cover to hide his covert activities. If one is a world-famous sophisticated jet-setter, it would not be at all surprising to see him pop up anywhere for any reason. Be it a press tour, scouting for new locations, visiting far away love interests, or just traveling on a whim, Bradley's screen persona would afford him the bizarre anonymity of fame.
       When we meet him, he has obviously been an agent for some time for his relationship with his "boss" has already been firmly established. The Bradley that we get to know is still in relatively good shape but he is no spring chicken being in his likely late 40's. He is still ruggedly handsome and can still mix it up with the bad guys and charm the fairer sex. One has to wonder how long of a soak in a hot tub he might need after either.
       A couple of interesting facts on Bradley very much worth noting. The first is that he is a multi-millionaire and is successful in the business world as well as in front of the camera (merchandising, perhaps?). The other is that he is a pilot and is rated for small planes and helicopters which comes in handy more than once.
       The types of missions we will watch and read about his activities vary from investigating murders to smuggling vital secrets and artifacts. Invariably, it seems, there will be a lovely woman involved. Sometimes that lady is the gorgeous and highly skilled Diane Marsh who gets involved in many of his assignments and who shows she can hold her own quite nicely.

BOOKS

Number of Books:1
First Appearance:1973
Last Appearance:1973

1 The Adventurer The Adventurer
Written by Robert Miall
Copyright: 1973

Novelization of, I believe, two episodes from the television show. One is certain - Return to Sender.
The blurb on the back of the book reads:
"Gene Brady was everyone's pin-up and nobody's fool.
"Temperamental film star, rugged athlete, hell-raiser, what better cover could a good-looking secret agent want?
"In Nice two girls brought double trouble, one was warm and willing, the other cold and contorted - a corpse on his bathroom floor ..."
Note: Notice the last name of the character is 'Brady', not 'Bradley'.

TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:26
First Appearance:1972
Last Appearance:1973
Network:ATV

REGULAR CAST
Gene BarryGene Bradley [ 1 ]
Barry MorseMr. Parminter [ 1 ]
Catherine SchellDiane Marsh [ 1 ]

Note: the synopsis of each episode was taken from IMDB's entry on the series.

1 Miss Me Once, Miss Me Twice and Miss Me Once Again
Episode 1-01, first aired 09/29/1972

"The Adventurer plays the most dangerous role of his career...as stand-in for a potential murder victim."

2 Poor Little Rich Girl
Episode 1-02, first aired 10/06/1972

"An heiress learns the hard way how to live with her millions - thanks to a little help from The Adventurer."

3 Thrust and Counter Thrust
Episode 1-03, first aired 10/13/1972

"A consulate party in Nice some unexpected guests - and gives Bradley's romantic interlude with Countess Marie's a touch of intrigue and danger."

4 The Bradley Way
Episode 1-04, first aired 10/20/1972

"The Adventurer plays on a husband's jealousy to help save a retired General from the dangerous attention of foreign agents."

5 Return to Sender
Episode 1-05, first aired 10/27/1972

"A holiday has hazards for The Adventurer - and for the girl he is with."

6 Counterstrike
Episode 1-06, first aired 11/03/1972

"The Adventurer glides into grim danger when asked to help a trapped scientist in Central Europe."

7 Love Always, Magda
Episode 1-07, first aired 11/10/1972

"When he receives a cable from his friend Don Fleming, saying that he has met Magda, the girl whom Bradley loved, but who walked out on him suddenly, the Adventurer flies to Beirut to learn the truth about her departure."

8 Nearly the End of the Picture
Episode 1-08, first aired 11/17/1972

"Two beautiful girls and a beautiful painting involve The Adventurer in a puzzle that is not at all easy to put together."

9 Deadlock
Episode 1-09, first aired 11/24/1972

"The Adventurer does some hard bargaining and the stake is more than money. It's a man's life."

10 Has Anyone Here Seen Kelly?
Episode 1-10, first aired 12/01/1972

"The Adventurer goes in search of a missing friend and plunges into a web of danger and intruders."

11 Skeleton in the Cupboard
Episode 1-11, first aired 12/08/1972

"Why should a respected University Professor turn thief, fake his own death and place his whole future in jeopardy? The Adventurer finds himself very personally involved."

12 Target!
Episode 1-12, first aired 12/15/1972

"The Adventurer sets himself up as a deliberate target when masquerading as an illegal arms buyer in a danger-laden plan to trap arms smugglers."

13 Action!
Episode 1-13, first aired 12/29/1972

"The Adventurer is programmed for murder when brain-washed to carry out a film killing for real."

14 Full Fathom Five
Episode 1-14, first aired 01/05/1973

"The Adventurer's friendship with a Belgian abbot charts the way to drama-packed efforts to retrieve hidden glass windows."

15 I'll Get There Sometime
Episode 1-15, first aired 01/12/1973

"An incident in Australia leads to drama in Germany when The Adventurer goes to the aid of a man being attacked in a hotel room. And Mr.Parminter has to become a knight errant to help a damsel in distress!"

16 To the Lowest Bidder
Episode 1-16, first aired 01/19/1973

"Competition for the contract to build a new European highway takes an ominous tone when a girl's life is placed in danger. The contract - or death. This is the grim situation for The Adventurer to tackle."

17 Going, Going...
Episode 1-17, first aired 01/26/1973

"The Adventurer is suspected of playing a double game when a foreign scientist, given asylum in Britain, disappears. Mr. Parminter believes The Adventurer knows where he is, and turns the heat on."

18 The Not-So Merry Widow
Episode 1-18, first aired 02/02/1973

"When a beautiful woman claims to be his girlfriend, Bradley has every reason to be confused - he's never seen her before. What is she up to? The Adventurer digs deeper - and lands himself in a cartload of trouble."

19 Mr. Calloway Is a Very Cautious Man
Episode 1-19, first aired 02/09/1973

"A dead man who appears to be very much alive occupies the attentions of The Adventurer, who deliberately allows himself to be arrested and face a jail sentence in his efforts to learn the truth."

20 Double Exposure
Episode 1-20, first aired 02/16/1973

"Two and two make more than four when The Adventurer doubles up on the intruders who put an imposter in the place of an abducted multi-millionaire magnate."

21 The Case of the Poisoned Pawn
Episode 1-21, first aired 02/23/1973

"The Adventurer checkmates a suave young gambler whose source of money is a puzzle which has to be unraveled."

22 The Solid Gold Hearse
Episode 1-22, first aired 03/02/1973

"All that glitters may not be gold. At the same time, a coffin may contain anything but a human body. In this case, it's a very golden boy indeed!"

23 Make It a Million
Episode 1-23, first aired 03/09/1973

"Gene discovers that he is being impersonated when an ingenious, big-scale confidence trick is being planned. But there are difficulties when he impersonates the impersonator."

24 Icons Are Forever
Episode 1-24, first aired 03/16/1973

"What is the secret of a closely-guarded Russian icon is an old Italian castle? Gene Bradley has personal reasons for breaking the secrecy barrier - and for helping a lovely young Contessa to elope."

25 Somebody Doesn't Like Me
Episode 1-25, first aired 03/23/1973

"A contract is out for The Adventurer - a big reward for whoever kills him. Someone, clearly, doesn't like him, but who is the unseen figure in the background?"

26 The Good Book
Episode 1-26, first aired 03/30/1973

"The Adventurer sows the seeds of distrust into the fertile soil of espionage in the glitter and glamour of the Riviera jet-set."

MY COMMENTS

       I only saw one or two of the actual episodes and that was many years ago so my memory is suspect. What I remember flies in conflict with a couple of articles I found on this series, including one by the terrific spy-television historian Wesley Britton (and I would trust him quicker than I would trust myself). Mr. Britton says that the character Gene Bradley "pretended to be an international film star" in order to carry out his missions. My memory says otherwise and the opening credits for the program shows him at the end of shooting a scene and everyone there obviously knows him and likes him, including the assistant he so patronisingly pats on the head as he leaves the set. [I am trying to get the chance to watch a couple more but am too cheap much for them.]       
       The stories were fairly standard fare and would have been better served with a younger man playing the agent. Gene Barry, whom I adored in Bat Masterson and Burke's Law and The Name of the Game, was a tad too old to play the character. His suave and smooth demeanor was perfect, of course, but the fight scenes were less than believable. I would have been happier with Stuart Damon (of The Champions fame) who was in the first couple of episodes of the series before being ousted, but then Damon did not have the name recognition in the States that Barry had.
       But the show did have Catherine Schell in about half of the episodes so they are worth watching.

GRADE

My Grade: B-

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