Full Name: V. H. Adderly
Codename: Beauty 1
Nationality: American
Organization: ISI
Occupation Agent

Creator: Elliott Baker
Time Span: 1971 - 1988


Adderly is an agent with the ISI.

That acronym stands for "International Security and Intelligence" which tells quite a bit about what it is and what it does but does not lend any help to telling us what country it is a part of. My money is on its being American because many of the adventures take place in the States and Adderly flashes his badge enough to clearly show it has some authority. So I list it as American but if someone were to argue, I would put up no real defense.

Running the ISI, or at least the operations end of things, is Major Jonathan B. Clack, a man who clearly had been an operative himself at one point considering how well he knows the field and what it takes to survive and succeed in it. The rank of Major seems a bit low for someone in his authority but it could be he left the military to join the ISI.

Adderly was for many years the ISI's top agent and scored a considerable number of successes for it, and amassed a good number of enemy agents out for his scalp along the way. He is in his mid-30's when we meet him so it would not be unreasonable to think he had been an operative for around 10 years.

Then came the mission that would change his life and career forever. Caught by an agent for the other side, a particularly nasty piece of work named Victor Barinov, Adderly refused to talk when interrogated so Barinov used a medieval mace on Adderly's left hand, ruining it for life and making so unpleasant to look at that Adderly would keep it in a black leather glove and usually in a pocket.

With his life in the field gone, even after recuperation, Adderly was given a transfer to a department inside the agency with the nebulous title of Miscellaneous Affairs. If you were to ask, and quite a few people do in the adventures we have of Adderly, "What is 'Miscellaneous Affairs'?", Adderly would likely have a different answer for each query, none of them being all that flattery. My favorite is "Your tax dollars at work".

To say that Adderly was unhappy with the transfer would be putting it very mildly. He abhors his demotion and looks for any way he can to prove that even with his disability he can handle himself back in the action. Major Clack is alternately amused by and irritated by his constant efforts to achieve reinstatement. Meanwhile, Adderly is given a new menial assignment every week.

The amusing things about these assignments is that Adderly seems to find some way to make them turn out to be something important. In the first adventure we have of him, Adderly is given the posh job of heading up security for a Senator's daughter's wedding, but instead of just playing it easy, Adderly determines the groom-to-be is an international assassin in hiding. The other missions are in a similar manner of looking like one thing which really being something else.

Plaguing Adderly's every day at work is his inane, obsequious, mealy little boss, Melville Greenspan, a fellow who would find inventorying paperclips a successful day's work. Adderly is greatly vexed to have to work for such a person and Greenspan is greatly vexed that his sole agent is constantly causing trouble.

The lone shining star in Adderly's professional existence is Mona, the funny and amusing secretary for Greenspan who is not only quite intelligence herself (far too smart to deserve working in the basement like she does) who constantly comes up with data that Adderly needs to crack a case. If Mona does not know it or know how to get it, she is always earning favors for other secretaries in other departments who can deliver the scoop. If someone somewhere in the headquarters needs a gerbil or a dog or a cat looked after for a while, Mona is the one to call and in return, she is owed a favor.

Adderly has, understandably, a major chip on his shoulder. He knows he can still do his job and wants to do so badly but no one will listen. In the meantime, he is nevertheless proving it with every nothing job he does for Miscellaneous Affairs which turns out to be not quite so nothing.


Number of Books:1
First Appearance:1971
Last Appearance:1971

1 Pocock & Pitt Pocock & Pitt
Written by Elliott Baker
Copyright: 1971

According to one review: "Wendell Pocock, American middle-class victim of repeated heart attacks, becomes Winston Pitt, British worker in an organ bank. A pawn in an international espionage duel, he discovers genuine love and redemption after exhausting the cold consolations of history and philosophy."

Adderly comes into the story at the beginning of Part II where as a former top-tier agent he is reassigned to Miscellaneous Affairs under Melville Greenspan. Though an American agency, the offices of MA are in London.


Number of Episodes:44
First Appearance:1986
Last Appearance:1988
Network:Global (Canada), CBS

Winston RekertAdderly [ 1-2 ]
Jonathan WelshMelville Greenspan [ 1-2 ]
Dixie SeatleMona Ellerby [ 1-2 ]
Ken PogueMajor Clack [ 1-2 ]

1 Hit-Man Complex
Episode 1-01, first aired 09/24/1986
Director: Don McBrearty
Writer: Elliott Baker

Adderly was simply to provide security at the wedding of the daughter of an important senator. The fact that the would-be groom is really a hit-man complicates things.

2 Mailman
Episode 1-02, first aired 10/01/1986
Director: Gilbert Shilton
Writer: Robert Arnott

When Adderly is allowed back in the field, albeit to deliver a packet to the coast, he makes the most of the time by helping another agent investigating a furniture importer who is a whole lot more successful than he should be.

3 Critical Mass
Episode 1-03, first aired 10/08/1986
Director: Paul Shapiro
Writer: Aubrey Solomon

Mona asked Adderly to check whether the spouse of a friend of hers is cheating. Doing so will land Adderly in the hunt for plutonium stolen from several nuclear power plants.

4 A Change of Mind
Episode 1-04, first aired 10/15/1986
Director: Joseph L. Scanlan
Writers: Len Janson, Chuck Menville

A former partner of Adderly has been released from a foreign prison after a 3-year stretch. Adderly is told to help the man get settled but he is immediately suspicious when he sees her meeting with an enemy agent.

5 Backfire
Episode 1-05, first aired 10/22/1986
Director: Gilbert Shilton
Writer: Alfred Harris

Greenspan wants to have a TV reporter impressed by Misc. Affairs so he insists Adderly come up with something. Adderly does so by looking into the attempted murder of the head of a crime commission.

6 Rich Kid
Episode 1-06, first aired 10/29/1986
Director: Randy Bradshaw
Writer: Elliott Baker

Adderly is tasked with escorting the son of a former ambassador on a plane trip to Adderly's home town. Kidnappers are determined to use the trip as the opportunity they have needed.

7 Capture the Flag
Episode 1-07, first aired 11/05/1986
Director: Charles Dennis
Writer: Charles Dennis

At a reunion of Korean War veterans being attended by Clack, Adderly is certain his boss will be the next murder target.

8 Nina Who?
Episode 1-08, first aired 11/12/1986
Director: Timothy Bond
Writer: Carl Binder

The wife of an ambassador has two problems that Adderly, on baby-sitting duty, must deal with. One, she drinks far too much. Two, she is certain she is being stalked by a vampire.

9 The Dancing Lesson
Episode 1-09, first aired 11/19/1986
Director: William Corcoran
Writer: Elliott Baker

Greenspan is the man in charge of setting up a reception for a visiting Soviet ballerina. Adderly discovers that her boyfriend is being held hostage to keep her in line.

10 Adderly with Eggroll
Episode 1-10, first aired 11/26/1986
Director: Peter Rowe
Writer: Tony Sheer

Adderly has had bodyguard assignments before but this is the first time he is asked to protect the royal dogs of a visiting African nation leader.

11 Brotherly Love
Episode 1-11, first aired 12/03/1986
Director: Bruce Pittman
Writer: Jaron Summers

Greenspan wants Adderly to be the bodyguard for his visiting sister, a woman who works as an international human-rights advocate and has several people wanting her dead.

12 Secrets of the Sun
Episode 1-12, first aired 01/07/1987
Director: William Corcoran
Writer: Jim Osborne

At a science conference, everyone treated the bizarre inventor like he was nuts. Adderly begins to wonder when the man disappears.

13 A Matter of Discretion
Episode 1-13, first aired 01/14/1987
Director: F. Harvey Frost
Writer: Judith Thompson

A Belgian trade minister asks for help when his mistress is kidnapped. Adderly is the man chosen.

14 Nemesis
Episode 1-14, first aired 02/04/1987
Director: Timothy Bond
Writer: Carl Binder

Several assassination attempts have people worried about the next one, and about Adderly who is certain the assailant is a man who was killed years before.

15 Year of the Tiger
Episode 1-15, first aired 02/11/1987
Director: Alan Simmonds
Writer: Jim Henshaw

Terrorists kidnap Greenspan and his wife at an embassy party and it falls to Adderly and Mona to rescue them.

16 Who Do, Voodoo
Episode 1-16, first aired 02/18/1987
Director: William Corcoran
Writer: Ken Gass

Greenspan is acting weird - well, weirder than normal. Adderly begins to suspect he is under a voodoo curse.

17 Miscellaneous News
Episode 1-17, first aired 02/25/1987
Director: Timothy Bond
Writers: Guy Mullally, Gregor Hutchison

Checking out what looks like a terrorist plot to blow things up will cause Adderly to run into an old enemy.

18 Tiers of Interment
Episode 1-18, first aired 03/04/1987
Director: George Bloomfield
Writer: Carl Binder

Adderly was just paying respects to a fellow agent on his death bed but that visit will lead to several unusual activities.

19 Running Backward
Episode 1-19, first aired 04/08/1987
Director: Stefan Scaini
Writers: Carol Bolt, Carl Binder

Adderly has suspicions that a radio station is actually involved in stealing and transmitting government secrets.

20 Class of '87
Episode 1-20, first aired 04/29/1987
Director: Timothy Bond
Writer: Don Mankiewicz

When Adderly is required to take a refresher course at the ISI's training facility, he grows suspicious of a recruit there.

21 Mirror Man
Episode 1-21, first aired 05/13/1987
Director: Jorge Montesi
Writer: Jim Henshaw

Adderly is kidnapped by the KGB and replaced with a double.

22 A Far, Far Better Thing
Episode 1-22, first aired 05/27/1987
Director: Rene Bonniere
Writers: Peter Lauterman, Angelo Stea

Determined to get out of Misc. Affairs, Adderly quits the ISI but is pulled back in with a mission to bodyguard a visiting ambassador from the Vatican.

23 Speed of Light
Episode 2-01, first aired 08/07/1987
Director: George Bloomfield
Writer: Glenn Norman

A Middle East leader out for more power is planning on using a stolen nuclear weapon unless Adderly can stop him.

24 Run to Darkness
Episode 2-02, first aired 08/14/1987
Director: Jorge Montesi
Writer: Jim Henshaw

Adderly is having to deal with horrific nightmares, reliving the torture that destroyed his hand and fearing that future torture would get him to talk.

25 Eye in the Sky
Episode 2-03, first aired 08/21/1987
Director: Joseph L. Scanlan
Writer: Carl Binder

Clack is forced to switch offices to Misc. Affairs while Adderly leads the search for listening devices in the main headquarters and who planted them.

26 To Better Days
Episode 2-04, first aired 08/28/1987
Director: Joseph L. Scanlan
Writers: Johnny Segura, Alan Zweig

It is a strange day for Adderly as he starts it providing security at a parking lot and ends it replacing a slain former partner in a mission to exchange $1 mil for a list of KGB agents.

27 Blood Feud
Episode 2-05, first aired 09/04/1987
Director: George Bloomfield
Writer: Jim Henshaw

Adderly is on vacation in Paris when he learns that a notorious hitman was dead in Monaco. He wants to make sure of the identity so he heads there.

28 The Perils of Mona
Episode 2-06, first aired 09/11/1987
Director: Timothy Bond
Writer: Carl Binder

Mona was just supposed to deliver a packet to the airport but when she spots an ISI agent being forced onto a plan, she decides to take action resulting in her heading off to Europe chasing them.

29 Midnight in Morocco
Episode 2-07, first aired 09/30/1987
Director: George Bloomfield
Writers: Denis Gibson, Kevin Scanlon

Handling the boring job of sorting through a large amount of files, Adderly helps entertain Mona by relating one of his old assignments, this one taking place in Morocco. Mona enjoys imagining she is his partner in the mission.

30 The Bridge
Episode 2-08, first aired 10/07/1987
Director: Don McBrearty
Writers: Peter Lauterman, Angelo Stea

Adderly is given the assignment of providing security to a philanthropist only to discover that the man was once an officer in the Nazi SS.

31 Headhunter
Episode 2-09, first aired 10/14/1987
Director: Don McBrearty
Writer: Jim Henshaw

Adderly is given the difficult job of entertaining a visiting diplomat, and keeping that dignitary alive.

32 Code Name: Chipmunk
Episode 2-10, first aired 10/28/1987
Director: Stefan Scaini
Writer: Peter Haynes

The sons of diplomats are going on a camping trip and Adderly and Greenspan are ordered to be their escorts. They have trouble deciding which is more annoying, the boys or those after them.

33 Spymaster
Episode 2-11, first aired 11/11/1987
Director: Bruce Pittman
Writer: David Cole

Greenspan is suddenly the target of a government committee which is certain that he is really the head of a foreign spy ring. Adderly has the task of proving him innocent, made more difficult because he cannot stop laughing at the idea.

34 Requiem
Episode 2-12, first aired 11/18/1987
Director: George Bloomfield
Writer: Carl Binder

The job looked simple of boring; being ushers at an international film festival to keep an eye on things. They get complicated when Adderly and Mona have to stop secret from being smuggled out.

35 Horse Cents
Episode 2-13, first aired 11/25/1987
Director: George Bloomfield
Writer: Jerome McCann

Adderly and Greenspan are sent to Ireland to be bodyguards - of a horse. The owner of the animal is a friend of Clack and is certain his prized steed is being targeted.

36 Debbie Does Dishes
Episode 2-14, first aired 12/02/1987
Director: Bruce Pittman
Writer: Douglas Rodger

The new maid for Greenspan happens to be a fugitive with her own secrets. Learning this points Adderly to an employment agency with its own underground railroad system.

37 The Man Who Didn't Know Too Much
Episode 2-15, first aired 12/09/1987
Director: John Bell
Writer: Carl Binder

The mission that Greenspan is sent on overseas quickly turns into a whole lot more complicated than originally thought, requiring Adderly to step in.

38 Deathwatch
Episode 2-16, first aired 12/23/1987
Director: George Bloomfield
Writer: Jim Henshaw

A terrorist who has captured Mona as protection is planning to poison the city's water supply unless Adderly and Greenspan can stop him.

39 Covert Agenda
Episode 2-17, first aired 01/20/1988
Director: George Bloomfield
Writer: Lyle Slack

There is some disbelief when a Soviet rocket scientist indicates he wants to defect. To learn the reason, Adderly gets a job on the domestic staff at the embassy in Moscow.

40 The Game
Episode 2-18, first aired 02/10/1988
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

Given the simple job of checking packages at a NATO conference, Adderly discovers that one of the attendees is being blackmailed by a Soviet agent.

41 Adventures in Babysitting
Episode 2-19, first aired 02/17/1988
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

Greenspan's unpleasant task of guarding the body of a dead agents gets a whole lot worse when he accidentally swallows valuable microdots thinking they were aspirin. This makes him the target of foreign operatives.

42 The Interrogation
Episode 2-20, first aired 02/24/1988
Director: Bruce Pittman
Writer: Unknown

A friend of Adderly has been framed for murder of a British operative so Adderly is determined to help.

43 See How They Die
Episode 2-21, first aired 03/02/1988
Director: Unknown
Writer: Unknown

It is tricky to keep an undercover surveillance job going when the subjects are being killed, as Adderly finds out.

44 Point of No Return
Episode 2-22, first aired 03/09/1988
Director: Unknown
Writer: Jim Henshaw

Adderly wants to return a crown to its rightful owner but then learns that he looks just like the ruler of the small country it belongs to. Unfortunately, that fellow is being targeted for assassination.


I remember in the late 80's watching a few of the episodes on the late show. CBS decided to go up against Johnny Carson's Tonight Show and Ted Koppel's Nightline with a variety of syndicated shows and Adderly was one of them. I recall being neither impressed nor bored by them but I also know I only watched a dozen or so of the 44 episodes that were made.

Watching them again now as I prepare this entry, I am struck by how snarky Adderly is. Of course, I probably would be too, considering he knows and can prove he can still do this job but is not given the chance. That and he has to be more than a little bitter about the whole hand-destroyed-by-a-mace deal.

But he is still fun to watch and I plan to check out more of the episodes I never saw back in the day.


My Grade: B


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