1 9 7 2 – 1 9 7 3 (UK)
24 x 25 minute episodes
A cloak and dagger series made on 16mm film for an American prime-time slot, The Adventurer starred Gene Barry as Gene Bradley – a wealthy, jet-setting American movie star who indulged himself in business ventures of all kinds, but whose real job involved secret assignments for US intelligence.
Employing his acting skills to the full and taking on various disguises, Bradley was an international knight who came to the rescue of threatened women, defecting scientists, and others in need of assistance.
His assignments were given to him via his stiff-upper-lipped secret service contact Mr Parminter (Barry Morse) – who posed as his business manager cum producer – and he was accompanied by fellow agents Vince (Stuart Damon) and then Gavin Jones (Garrick Hagon).
Diane (Catherine Schell) was his contact with the agency.
Filmed on location in France and at Elstree Studios in the UK by ITC, the series didn’t really capture anyone’s imagination, especially when Barry jettisoned most of his co-stars.
John Barry provided the majestic musical theme.