||Unnamed Secret Agency
||1973 - 1975
ABOUT THE SERIES
Cleopatra Jones is an agent with the U.S. Government.
Exactly which agency she answers to is never specified but her beat seems to be the entire world as in her two scripted adventures, she operates in Turkey, the U.S. and Hong Kong, showing a wide range of territory.
Wherever she goes, though, she goes with incredible style and panache for Ms. Jones loves to be flamboyant. Not for this tall (6'2") black beauty is the idea of quietly infiltrating a gang. She takes her cue from the James Bond approach to fighting the enemies of her government - step forward, proudly identify yourself, and then kick the bad guys' butts. Ms. Jones does it in stylish boots and bell bottoms with furs and feathers to match.
When she is not travelling the world on assignments, she prefers to relax in her home in Los Angeles with her long-time boy friend, Reuben, who runs a halfway house for recovering drug addicts in the ghettos of that city. A woman who grew up in that impoverished region, Jones has never forgotten how bad her life was and how bad it remains for so many others, which makes her fight against drug lords even more personal.
In 1973 at the height of the blaxpoitation movement in films, with Shaft dominating the action genre, Warner Brothers decided that a female action hero was called for. Actor and writer Max Julien, a veteran of this movement, created the character of Jones, from one account, for his girl friend but the role eventually went to the incredibly luscious Tamara Dobson, a former model who had only recently taken to acting. She definitely made it her own.
Two years later, a sequel was made but this time the success was nowhere as good as the brief period of black action heroes was waning. No further adventures were made.
Veteran writer Ron Goulart was given the task of novelizing the two adventures for paperback release.
|Number of Books:||2|
|Number of Movies:||2|
Director: Jack Starrett
Writers: Max Julien, Sheldon Keller
Actors: Tamara Dobson as Cleopatra Jones, Bernie Casey as Reuben, Brenda Sykes as Tiffany, Antonio Fargas as Doodlebug, Dan Frazer as Crawford
Jones is given the job of taking down drug smugglers and she is doing too good of a job, so much so that a major kingpin known as Mommy is now out for her head.
Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold
Director: Charles Bail
Writer: William Tennant
Actors: Tamara Dobson as Cleopatra Jones, Stella Stevens as Bianca Javin the Dragon Lady, Ni Tien as Mi Ling Tong, Norman Fell as Stanley Nagel, Albert Popwell as Matthew Johnson
Two fellow operatives and long-time friends of Cleopatra Jones have gone missing in Hong Kong and she heads there to find out what happened to them.
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