Monty Berman, Dennis Spooner
||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.
|Number of Books:||1|
Written by Robert Miall
Novelization of, I believe, two episodes from the television show. One is certain - .
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'.
|Number of Episodes:||26|
|Gene Barry||Gene Bradley [ 1 ]|
|Barry Morse||Mr. Parminter [ 1 ]|
|Catherine Schell||Diane Marsh [ 1 ]|
Note: the synopsis of each episode was taken from IMDB's entry on the series.
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