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THE SENTIMENTAL AGENT

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Full Name: Carlos Varela
Nationality: Argentinian
Organization: None
Occupation Other - Businessman

Creator: Leslie Harris
Time Span: 1962 - 1963

ABOUT THE SERIES

Carlos Varela is a businessman.

He is an expert in the Import/Export trade transporting wide varieties of merchandise from where they are sole to where they are needed; he has been doing so for quite a few years and knows the ports around the world intimately. In a rapidly changing world of the early 60s where his adventures take place, such familiarity is crucial to success.

His expertise extends to know which of those ports are the best places to choose when it is prudent to have custom officials who might be thought less scrupulous in their inspections and more open to small gratuities for their indulgences. Some people might be tempted to label him a smuggler but he would likely shake his head with a small smile and point out that smuggling was against the law and he, as far as anyone knows, has never been arrested. Well, nothing that stuck - there are always misunderstandings here and there but he has consistently talked his way out of them.

Varela is definitely not a spy for any country; he is first and only a businessman and has no desire to be anything but that. He does, however, regularly run into many of the clandestine trade who find it necessary to interact with him and his quite legitimate businesses. Some will try to piggyback their own missions onto his while others will be doing everything they can to keep him from succeeding.

Plus there are numerous times when Varela is simply at the wrong place at the right time, or vice versa, and his well-honed love of adventure forces him to step in when other, more prudent fellows might walk away quickly.

Varela is a tall, well-built man in his very late 30s with a slight downward hooded nose and lush black hair perpetually slicked straight back. He is consistently well dressed in light-weight, all white suits and in keeping with the fashion of the day, an equally white Panama hat of the finest cloth. When he frequently partakes of his favored panatelas, it is always at the end of a very long cigarette holder.

Varela will acquire a colleague named Bill Randall, a handsome somewhat younger man who proves to be quite useful in Varela's enterprises and who is tasked with representing him on several deals when situations force Varela to be absent.

Good Lines:
-As explained by a high-ranking government official in a country where Verala frequently does business on accepting 'favors' from him, "One must be ready for all eventualities".

MOVIES

Number of Movies:1
First Appearance:1962
Last Appearance:1962

1 Our Man In The Caribbean Our Man In The Caribbean
Directors: Charles Frend, Harry Booth
Writers: Jack Davies, Brian Clemens
Actors: Carlos Thompson as Carlos Corella, Diana Rigg as Francy Wilde, Clemence Bettany as Miss Carter, Shirley Eaton as Lee
Released: 1962

A short, 85-minute movie released to theaters, especially in Europe, comprised of a fix-up of two separate episodes from two different television series: Man of the World's Sentimental Agent (Episode 6) and The Sentimental Agent's A Very Desirable Plot (Episode 9).

A suave import-export agent is recruited to help a scientist escape from Cuba. 

TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:14
First Appearance:1962
Last Appearance:1963
Network:ITV

REGULAR CAST
Carlos ThompsonCarlos Varela [ 1 ]
Burk KwoukChin Sung [ 1 ]
John TurnerBill Randall [ 1 ]
Clemence BettanySuzy Carter [ 1 ]

It is my guess that the creator and producer of the Craig Stevens television show Man Of The World chose to use that program air a pilot episode for a new series. The name of that episode was the same for the subsequent series.


1 The Sentimental Agent
Episode Pilot, first aired 11/03/1962
Director: Charles Frend
Writer: Jack Davies

Season 1, Episode 6 of Man of the World.
While in Havana, Michael Strait is arrested for photographing in a restricted area. To his rescue comes a charming rogue named Carlos Varela.

1 All That Jazz
Episode S1-1, first aired 09/28/1963
Director: Charles Frend
Writer: Julian Bond

Carlos Varela takes responsibility for a jazz group, The Arthur Rogers Jaz Quintet, that his company has been transporting around Europe on tour when Major Harold Nelson of MI.5 informs him that the group are sending information to spies and he wants to know how.

2 The Beneficiary
Episode S1-2, first aired 10/05/1963
Director: John Paddy Carstairs
Writer: Julian Bond

A Korean wartime colleague of Varela sends him a prearranged distress signal from Lisbon that spells danger. The friend is murdered and Varela goes to Lisbon and finds he is the beneficiary of a supposed key to a safe deposit box containing secret research papers into the perfecting of a new laser beam, but there is no key and interested parties are prepared to kill to obtain the papers.

3 Express Delivery
Episode S1-3, first aired 10/12/1963
Director: Charles Frend
Writer: Lindsay Hardy

When on business in Poland, Varela finds he is being harassed by the police and decides to take the express train back to Vienna. He is befriended by a young girl, Katrina who wants to escape the iron curtain using Varela as cover but is she a spy and for which side? And who are their fellow passengers?

4 Never Play Cards with Strangers
Episode S1-4, first aired 10/19/1963
Director: John Paddy Carstairs
Writer: Julian Bond

Varela hears that passengers who booked a cruise from his agency have been fleeced of their savings playing bridge and decides to board the ship in Marseilles to give the cardsharps a taste of their own medicine. He takes the daughter whose parents were victims but the trouble is he cannot play bridge. Help is at hand from Chin.

5 May the Saints Preserve Us
Episode S1-5, first aired 10/26/1963
Director: Charles Frend
Writer: Patrick Campbell

Varela has the unusual job of shipping an ancient Irish border castle to Texas. The local illegal potcheen makers do not like the idea but the castle's secret blocked passageway between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland is a way to smuggle back a deported Irish writer, befriended by Varela, back into Britain.

6 Meet My Son, Henry
Episode S1-6, first aired 11/02/1963
Director: John Paddy Carstairs
Writer: Lindsay Hardy

Henry, the son of one of Verela's clients, is a boy genius. When he buys an obscure book that has stolen top secret flight plans concealed within it, the thieves want the book and follow Henry on his way to Switzerland escorted by Miss Carter and Bill Randall who is employed by the boy's father.

7 A Little Sweetness and Light
Episode S1-7, first aired 11/09/1963
Director: Harold French
Writer: Tudor Gates

Informed that his business agent on a Greek island has been killed in a motoring accident, Varela investigates the man's death and the loss of business, and discovers the island and its bandit leader have come under the influence of gangster deported from Chicago.

8 The Height of Fashion
Episode S1-8, first aired 11/16/1963
Director: Charles Frend
Writers: Peter Lambda, Betty Lambda

Varela is abroad when Miss Carter is left with the problem of 30,000 unwanted horse blankets. Bill Randall visiting her for a dinner date takes over and with the help of a top model enters the cutthroat world of fashion and the forthcoming wedding of a royal princess.

9 A Very Desirable Plot
Episode S1-9, first aired 11/23/1963
Director: Harry Booth
Writer: Brian Clemens

When a conman is selling worthless plots of land in the Bahamas for which Mercury International is supplying prefabricated houses, the victims complain and Varela heads to the Bahamas to sort out the problem.

10 Finishing School
Episode S1-10, first aired 11/30/1963
Director: Harry Fine
Writers: Peter Lambda, Betty Lambda

Valera is in New York when a young girl goes missing from an exclusive ladies' finishing school where he is a school governor. Bill Randall, staying at Valera's London office, steps in to investigate at the headmistress's request.

11 The Scroll of Islam
Episode S1-11, first aired 12/07/1963
Director: John Paddy Carstairs
Writer: Jack Davies

Varela is intrigued when two professors approach him to obtain photographs of a relic contained within a priceless casket, which could prove more important than the Dead Sea scrolls. It means entering a small sheikdom with the help of the sheik's son, who has expensive tastes.

12 Not Quite Fully Covered
Episode S1-12, first aired 12/14/1963
Director: Charles Frend
Writers: Leslie Harris, Roger East

Valera is away and Bill Randall, now employed by Mercury International, goes to Beirut to escort a girl back to London but she has a priceless collection of French antiques and furniture she had smuggled from her homeland. To transport the goods requires a large insurance premium that the girl does not have. Randall agrees for Mercury International to pay the premium but the cargo is lost at sea.

13 A Box of Tricks
Episode S1-13, first aired 12/21/1963
Director: Harold French
Writer: Ian Stuart Black

An £11 million gift, dollars for Europe, for the poor of Palabria is refused unless the five man committee each receive an expected bribe but a government inspector is investigating corruption. Varela is on a cruise so Bill Randall and Chin go to Palabria to pay the bribes under the inspector's nose.

COLLECTIBLES

Number of Collectibles:1
First Appearance:1963
Last Appearance:1963

1 Carlos' Theme Carlos' Theme
Item Type: 45rpm
Created by: HMV
Copyright: 1963

A 45rpm record of the television series' theme song, composed by Ivor Slaney

REFERENCE BOOKS

Number of Books:1
First Appearance:2020
Last Appearance:2020

1 The Sentimental Agent: The Series The Sentimental Agent: The Series
Written by Scott V. Palmer
Copyright: 2020

"This book lists all episodes in date order, and includes numerous photographs, complete cast listings, directorial credits, and original dates of transmission."

MY COMMENTS

As I mention in the AboutTheSeries section, Varela is not a spy. Definitely not a spy; he's a businessman first and only. But when that business is getting things into or out of different countries, often using less than normal legal means, well, you are bound to run into people who would like to use your services or keep others from doing so. And many of those are spies or spy hunters.

So though Varela is not a spy, his adventures most definitely belong in this compendium and if you are able to find any of them online, make sure you give yourself that treat.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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