The Adventurer

 


The Adventurer was an ITC Entertainment TV show during the 1972-1973 TV schedule. Gene Barry, known from Burke’s Law TV series in America, plays the aptly named Gene Bradley, whose fame as an actor, skills as a business man and importance as a government agent creates a character that balances on the arrogant/narcissist fence and tends to get the girls and save the day. Even with the consideration of the time period, Gene Bradley epitomises wish fulfilment for the ageing male viewer or even producers.

Dennis Spooner and Monty Berman created this series late in ITC Entertainment’s hayday and nearly single handedly show the demise of the classic spy fi television genre. The show follows Gene Bradley on his adventures around Europe whether to help a friend out, or to save his own neck from those eager to cash in on the Gene Bradley name. The uptight government representative played masterfully by Barry Morse adds a light hearted and a character with some class to counteract Bradley’s smooth and calculated devil may care style.

The series only lasted one season with twenty six 30 min. episodes. The main cast was Gene Barry (Gene Bradley) and Barry Morse (Mr. Parminter) with the addition of Mr Parminter’s team of Diane Marsh, relaxed and chill sidekick, played by a favourite of mine, Catherine Schell and Gavin Jones, the ready to move and ready to fight driver, Garrick Hagon.

Most in the UK would have not heard of Gene Barry even though he would have at that time a large filmography. So the decision to add him was a clear indication that ITC Entertainment wanted to shop this series to the USA.  Gene’s over-tanned, slightly overweight body and not to mention the awkward interactions with women are hopefully unintended consequences to Gene Barry being recruited.  The James Bond idealise character would spur on many kind of characters for ITC and The Adventurer is no exception.

The music is fantastic! John Barry whom would himself be famous for his music scores creates a theme song that speaks European and the 70’s. I find myself humming it and it does provide imagination a good soundscape for the location. Also, the incidental music throws in brassy jazz, urban soul drumbeats and bachelor pad ambience which to me is the strongest point to make in favour of this series.

Seventies realism was replacing sixties optimism which translated to more substance paired with style rather than only style. The jet set lifestyle was slowly looking more incongruous to the low economic times of the 70’s and the idea of a infallible smooth male character that gets his way with women and men alike came off as elitist and unequal. When watching this series, I see the shows through the eyes of a male living in the new Millenium and I regularly cringe at the displays of mild forms of sexism and intense male bravado. What this also does is shows me the progress that has been made in the plight for equality.

For an enthusiast, The Adventurer would be a must watch to complete the collection from ITC Entertainment however if this is not important to you, you might want to give this one a miss. Yes, the music is great and however limited, the views of early 70’s Europe is exciting for me to see, it is my time machine.  The Adventurer is still a great piece of tv history, there are many guest appearances of some quite famous actors and the writers and producers would still go one to create notable television and films.


Episodes


The Adventurer_Miss Me Once, Miss Me Twice and Miss Me Once Again Title Shot

Episode 1 Miss Me Once, Miss Me Twice, And Miss Me Once Again…


The Adventurer_Poor Little Rich Girl Title Shot

Episode 2 Poor Little Rich Girl


The Adventurer_Thrust and Counter-Thrust Title Shot01

Episode 3 Thrust and Counter Thrust


The Adventurer_The Bradley Way Title Shot

Episode 4 The Bradley Way


The Adventurer_Return to Sender Title Shot

Episode 5 Return to Sender


The Adventurer_Counterstrike Title Shot

Episode 6 Counterstrike


The Adventurer_Love Always, Magda Title Shot

Episode 7 Love Always, Magda


The Adventurer_Nearly the End of the Picture Title Shot

Episode 8 Nearly the End of the Picture


The Adventurer_Deadlock Title Shot

Episode 9 Deadlock


The Adventurer_Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly Title Shot

Episode 10 Has Anyone Here Seen Kelly?


The Adventurer_Skeleton in the Cupboard56

Episode 11 Skeleton in the Cupboard


The Adventurer_Target Title Shot

Episode 12 Target!


The Adventurer_Action Title Shot

Episode 13 Action!


The Adventurer_Full Fathom Five Title Shot

Episode 14 Full Fathom Five


The Adventurer_I'll get there sometime Title Shot

Episode 15 I’ll Get There Sometime


The Adventurer_To the lowest Bidder Title Shot

Episode 16 To the Lowest Bidder


The Adventurer_Going, Going Title Shot

Episode 17 Going, Going…


The Adventurer_The Not-So Merry Widow Title Shot

Episode 18 The Not-So Merry Widow


The Adventurer_Mr Calloway is a very Cautious Man Title Shot

Episode 19 Mr. Calloway Is a Very Cautious Man


The Adventurer_Double Exposure Title Shot

Episode 20 Double Exposure


The Adventurer_The Case of the Poisoned Pawn Title Shot

Episode 21 The Case of the Poisoned Pawn


The Adventurer_The Solid Gold Hearse Title Shot

Episode 22 The Solid Gold Hearse


The Adventurer_Make It A Million Title Shot

Episode 23 Make It a Million


The Adventurer_Icons are Forever Title Shot

Episode 24 Icons are Forever


The Adventurer_Somebody Doesn't Like Me Title Shot

Episode 25 Somebody Doesn’t Like Me


The Adventurer_The Good Book Title shot

Episode 26 The Good Book


 

 

 

 

 

 

One thought on “The Adventurer

  1. We did get American shows here in the UK and Burke’s Law was networked, so Gene Barry was quite well know in the UK before this. I think you are being overly kind to this series. I would probably be a lot harsher on it than you have been.

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