Full Name: Carlton Dial
Nationality: American
Organization: Intercept Corp.
Occupation Adventurer

Creator: Steven Aspis
Time Span: 1994 - 1994


Carlton Dial, aka the Fortune Hunter, is an adventurer.

In days gone by, the terms adventurer and fortune hunter were practically synonymous. Of course, the former would imply seeking to experience something - adventure - while the latter would mean achieving something - a fortune.

In the case of Dial, the description used for him is that of a former government operative whose previous line of work constantly involved very dangerous assignments taking him to very deadly locations to go up against very treacherous people.

When we meet him he has switched employers to work in the public sector as an agent for the Intercept Corporation, billed as "a high-tech global recovery organization". Based out of San Francisco, it is job of Dial as well as his partnee, Harry Flack, to be sent to inconvenience different people all over the world who possessed things that Intercept's clients did not want them to continue to have, be it classified documents or stolen property or top-secret weapons systems or something else entirely. It was Dial's role to get in and get out with the item(s) in tow and for this Intercept would charge a quite handsome fee, a good deal of which would go to Dial.

According to the terrific description on Wikipedia: "Dial is portrayed as a suave, charming and self-assured spy, similar in style, dressing and witty remarks to James Bond, who uses his quick wit and sense of humor to get him out of many precarious situations. Dial performs his high-risk assignments with deadly seriousness. Determined to keep his perfect success record intact, he depends upon split-second timing and an astounding array of sophisticated electronic gadgetry - not to mention his partner, Harry. Dial wears a special contact lens with a built-in camera and an electronic earpiece, so Harry can see and hear everything that Dial does. This also allows Harry to speak with Dial, relaying information to the agent immediately, from the safety of the home office."

Dial is a handsome, athletic man in his very early 30s, rich dark hair and near constant smile.


Number of Episodes:13
First Appearance:1994
Last Appearance:1994

Mark FrankelCarlton Dial [ 1 ]
John Robert HoffmanHarry Flack [ 1 ]

1 The Frostfire Intercept
Episode S1-1, first aired 09/04/1994
Director: Lewis Teague
Writer: Steven Aspis

Dial manages to spoil his perfect record when he allows himself to get talked into recovering a top secret weapon which was stolen from a laboratory and is feared will be put on sale in the black market.

2 The Aquarius Intercept
Episode S1-2, first aired 09/11/1994
Director: Jefferson Kibbee
Writer: Steven Aspis

Dial is sent to recover a stolen submarine prototype but soon finds his cover blown and is taken off the case by one of the biggest customers of the firm that developed the submarine.

3 Triple Cross (a.k.a. The Corkscrew Intercept)
Episode S1-3, first aired 09/18/1994
Director: Tucker Gates
Writer: Jack Bernstein

On a mission to recover a stolen U.S. Army missile. Dial discovers his former mentor from M.I.6 was behind the theft and has sold the missile to terrorists.

4 Hot Ice (a.k.a. The Winter Star Intercept)
Episode S1-4, first aired 09/25/1994
Director: Guy Magar
Writer: Harold Apter

While on a mission to recover a diamond stolen by a deposed dictator of a Baltic nation. Dial finds his mission complicated by his partner - a woman with a vendetta against the dictator.

5 Red Alert
Episode S1-5, first aired 10/02/1994
Director: Mike Levine
Writer: Carlton Cuse

Dial is assigned to recover a downed Soviet satellite containing poison nerve gas which crashlanded in South Carolina. He discovers that a rogue Ukrainian General has got to it first.

6 Countdown
Episode S1-6, Unaired
Director: Guy Magar
Writer: Jack Bernstein

[plot unknown]

7 The Alpha Team
Episode S1-7, Unaired
Director: Lee H. Katzin
Writer: Michael Fisher

[plot unknown]

8 The Cursed Dagger
Episode S1-8, Unaired
Director: Kim Manners
Writer: Jeff Kline

[plot unknown]

9 The Deadliest Game
Episode S1-9, Unaired
Director: Guy Magar
Writer: Steven Aspis

[plot unknown]

10 Stowaway
Episode S1-10, Unaired
Director: Ralph Hemecker
Writer: Frederick Rappaport

[plot unknown]

11 Sea Trial
Episode S1-11, Unaired
Director: Lee H. Katzin
Writers: Jack Bernstein, Carlton Cuse

[plot unknown]

12 Body Count
Episode S1-12, Unaired
Director: James A. Contner
Writer: John Warren

[plot unknown]

13 Target: Millenium
Episode S1-13, Unaired
Director: Terrence O'Hara
Writers: Steven Aspis , Jack Bernstein , Steven Aspis

[plot unknown]


Have you seen any of these fun, action-filled episodes? Chances are, if you did, like me you only saw a few. There were 13 made and people overseas got to see them all but not here in the States. Five were shown and the rest - not so much!

And from what I remember of those that I did see, that is a darn shame because besides the man playing Carlton Dial, Mark Frankel, being devilishly handsome and smooth, the stories were fun! Naturally, because I was liking them, some doofus decided to drop the series.

If you know where I can stream the missed episodes, let me know.


My Grade: B


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