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Whereas 'Western' shows seemed to be the 'thing' of the Fifties, the developing real world 'cold war' and the transition of the James Bond character from novels to the big screen very much established spies and secret agents as the action entertainment genre of the Sixties. Indeed, the US series 'Wild Wild West' even managed to combine the two fairly successfully. A number of films and television series owe their existence and success to the Bond films and character - some are self-confessed direct spin-offs or spoofs and the basic concept can be seen in others - mostly it's very much down to personal opinion. Various 'super agents' (including some that pre-dated the Bond films) saved the world on both the large and small screens to a greater or lesser believable extent, but drew less directly on the James Bond stories than these. With the nature of these types of character, you will find even more Bond look-alike movies and shows listed in my SciFi film and Cult TV pages. These are a few of the more obvious ones and some of my own favourites, in no particular order. The television shows in particular are, of course, those that were more popular on British TV.

Operation Kid Brother (1967) a.k.a.'OK Connery', 'Operation Double 007' and 'Secret Agent 00'   
Produzione D.S.  
Directed by Alberto De Martino

Probably the best of several Italian attempts at Bond spoofs which, interestingly, contains many genuine 'Bond' film actors. The evil crime organisation Thanatos is planning to take over the world using a magnetic field generator that will stop all metal machinery. The top secret service agent is not available so his civilian brother, Neil (played by Sean's brother, Neil Connery), is pressed into service to save the world. Multi-skilled in plastic surgery, lip-reading and hypnotism he finds that his eclectic and eccentric talents come in conveniently handy.

With Daniela Bianchi, Adolfo Celi, Agata Flori, Bernard Lee, Anthony Dawson, Lois Maxwell, Yachuco Yama, Guido Lollobrigida, Franco Giacobini, Nando Angelini, Mario Soria, Ana Marie Noe, Franco Ceccarelli, Aldo Cecconi, Antonio Gradoli, Mirella Pamphili and Leo Scavini.

Two feature films starred Tom Adams as Bond-style counter-spy Charles Vine.

Licensed To Kill (1965) a.k.a. 'The Second Best Secret Agent in the Whole Wide World'

Directed and co-written by Lindsay Shonteff, producer Joseph E. Levine acquired it for worldwide distribution under the alternative title. Henrik Jacobs, a Swedish scientist who has invented an anti-gravity device, is offering it to the UK government but he and his daughter are earmarked for assassination and seek protection. James Bond is unavailable, so MI6 provides agent Charles Vine as bodyguard and 'pest' exterminator. In the US version the title song was written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen and sung by Sammy Davis Jr.

With Karel Stepanek, Veronica Hurst, Peter Bull, John Arnatt, Francis deWolff, Felix Felton, George Pastell, Judy Huxtable, Gary Hope, Denis Holmes, Billy Milton, Claire Gordon and Carole Blake.

Where The Bullets Fly (1966)
Embassy Pictures
Directed by John Gilling and produced by James Ward

The RAF is testing a secret light-weight metal called 'Spurium' that enables their nuclear aircraft to fly. Vine is pitted against super-enemy 'The Angel', messing up his plans to steal the aircraft and its fuel formula.

With Sidney James, Joe Baker, Michael Ripper, Ronald Leigh-Hunt, Maurice Browning, Bryan Mosley, Heidi Erich, Maggie Kimberley, Sue Donovan, Patrick Jordan, James Ellis, Tony Alpino, Gary Marsh, Peter Ducrow, John Horsley, Joe Ritchie, David Gregory, Dawn Addams, Wilfred Brambell, Tim Barrett, John Arnott, Marcus Hammond, Michael Ward, Terence Sewards, Suzan Farmer, Julie Martin, Tom Bowman, Gerard Heinz, Charles Houston, Michael Balfour, Michael Cox, Barbara French, Michael Goldie, John Watson and Roy Stephens.

Modesty Blaise (1966)
20th Century Fox

A film based on the comic strip character created by Peter O'Donnell (writer) and Jim Holdaway (art) was made as a comedy thriller. It was directed by Joseph Losey and starred Monica Vitti as Modesty, Terence Stamp as Willie Garvin, and Dirk Bogarde as Gabriel. Modesty Blaise, a secret agent who is also something of a fashion icon, is used as a decoy by HM British government to thwart a diamond robbery. Knowing she is being set up, Blaise calls in sidekick Willie Garvin and some friends to outsmart them. However, Gabriel the diamond thief has his own plans for Blaise and Garvin. Original music was by Johnny Dankworth.

With Harry Andrews, Michael Craig, Clive Revill, Alexander Knox, Rossella Falk, Scilla Gabel, Joe Melia, Saro Urzì,
Tina Aumont, Oliver MacGreevy, Jon Bluming, Lex Schoorel, Max Turilli, Giuseppe Paganelli and Wolfgang Hillinger.

Four films starred Dean Martin as super-spy Matt Helm. The films drew little from the 27 books by Donald Hamilton and were a parody of the Bond films in most respects. Females appearing in the films were known as 'slaygirls'.

The Silencers
(1966) Columbia Pictures

Directed by Phil Karlson and produced by Irving Allen. Elmer Bernstein provided the score with Vikki Carr performing the title song. Matt Helm, an ex-agent now glamour photographer, is brought out of retirement to stop the criminal organisation 'BIG O' from carrying out their plan to divert a missile into an underground atomic bomb testing site.

With Stella Stevens, Victor Buono, Daliah Lavi, James Gregory, Robert Webber, Nancy Kovack, Arthur O'Connell, Roger C. Carmel, Cyd Charisse, Beverly Adams, Barbara Burgess, Susan Holloway, Karen Lee, Victoria Lockwood, Gay MacGill, Mary Jane Mangler, Gigi Michel, Margie Nelson, Pamela Rodgers, Margaret Teele and Rita Thiel.

Murderer's Row (1966) Columbia Pictures

The film was directed by Henry Levin (who had previously directed the Dino DeLaurentiis 'superspy' film 'Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die') and produced by Irving Allen with a film score by Lalo Schifrin. Matt Helm's death is faked so that he can find and rescue Dr. Solaris, inventor of a Helium laser beam powerful enough to destroy continents, who has been kidnapped by 'BIG O' (Bureau of International Government and Order) and held on a private island off the Cote D'Azur. The film is full of gadgets like the modified AR-7 pistol that only fires ten seconds after the trigger is pulled and there are always plenty of beautiful women wearing fashionable mod-style costumes.

With Ann-Margret, Karl Malden, Camilla Sparv, James Gregory, Beverly Adams, Richard Eastham, Tom Reese, Duke Howard, Ted Hartley, Marcel Hillaire, Corinne Cole, Robert Terry,Dean Paul Martin and Desi Arnaz Jr. 'Slaygirls' included Dale Brown, Barbara Burgess, Amadee Chabot, Luci Ann Cook, Dee Duffy, Lynn Hartoch and Rena Horten.

The Ambushers (1967) Columbia Pictures

This film (generally considered to be the weakest of the four-film series and appearing on many 'worst movie' lists) was again directed by Henry Levin and produced by Irving Allen with a film score by Hugo Montenegro.
Secret agent Matt Helm is called into action for the third time by his organisation 'ICE' and is sent off to Acapulco to investigate when an exiled ruler of an outlaw nation, Jose Ortega (Albert Salmi) uses a powerful laser beam to hijack a top secret government 'flying saucer'. Helm's nemesis 'BIG O'
are involved, as usual, with their operatives still trying to either seduce or exterminate Helm.

With Senta Berger, Janice Rule, James Gregory, Albert Salmi, Kurt Kasznar, Beverly Adams, David Mauro, Roy Jenson, John Brascia and Linda Foster. 'Slaygirls' included Ulla Lindstrom, Marilyn Tindall, Lena Cederham, Susannah Moore, Terri Hughes, Penny Brahms, Kyra Bester, Jan Watson, Annabella Incontrera, Dee Duffy and Alena Johnston.

The Ambushers
The Wrecking Crew (1968) Columbia Pictures

The last in the quartet of films was again produced by Irving Allen with music by Hugo Montenegro and was directed by Phil Karlson. This was the last film made by Sharon Tate before her murder by Charles Manson's followers in 1969. Helm is assigned by ICE, to bring down the evil Count Contini (Nigel Green) who is trying to collapse the world economy by stealing a billion dollars in gold. In a showdown at Contini's chateau chaos and destruction is wrought with a variety of gadgets. Contini escapes on a train bound for Luxembourg, but Helm catches up in a mini-helicopter and Contini is killed when dropping through a trap door.

With Elke Sommer, Sharon Tate, Nancy Kwan, Nigel Green, Tina Louise, John Larch, John Brascia, Weaver Levy, Wilhelm von Homburg, Bill Saito, Pepper Martin, Ted Jordan, Fuji, Lynn Borden, Whitney Chase, Tony Giorgio, Joséphine James and an uncredited Chuck Norris as the man in the house of seven joys.

Two films starred James Coburn as superspy Derek Flint

Our Man Flint (1966) Twentieth Century Fox

Produced by Saul David and directed by Daniel Mann with music by Jerry Goldsmith. In a direct Bond parody, written by Hal Fimberg and Ben Starr, the superspy Flint is brought out of retirement by ZOWIE (Zonal Organization for World Intelligence and Espionage) to deal with the threat of Galaxy, an organisation led by three of mad scientists who demand that all nations capitulate to them. To enforce their demands they use climate control gadgetry to cause earthquakes, volcanoes, storms and other disasters. Many 'Bond' elements are alluded to during the film.

With Lee J. Cobb, Gila Golan, Edward Mulhare, Benson Fong, Shelby Grant, Sigrid Valdis, Gianna Serra, Helen Funai, Michael St. Clair, Rhys Williams, Russ Conway, Ena Hartman, Bill Walker, Peter Brocco and uncredited James Brolin.

In Like Flint (1967) Twentieth Century Fox

Again produced by Saul David with music by Jerry Goldsmith, this film was directed by Gordon Douglas. When the US President is kidnapped and replaced with an actor (classic line: "An Actor as President?") Zowie and their super agent are called into action, discovering that it is part of a plot by a secret organisation of women who are using special beauty spas under the name of 'Fabulous Face' to brainwash people and kidnapping astronauts, replacing them with doubles to gain access to the world's missile sites, in a bid to take over the world.

With Lee J. Cobb, Jean Hale, Andrew Duggan, Anna Lee, Hanna Landy, Totty Ames, Steve Ihnat, Thomas Hasson, Mary Michael, Diane Bond, Jacki Ray, Herb Edelman, Yvonne Craig, Robert 'Buzz' Henry, Henry Wills, John Lodge, Mary Meade French, Erin O'Brien, Jennifer Gan, Eve Bruce, Inge Jaklyn, Kay Farrington, Thordis Brandt, Inga Neilsen, Marilyn Hanold, Pat Becker, Lyzanne La Due, Nancy Stone and W.P. Lear Sr.

Three movies starred Michael Caine as British 'secret agent' Harry Palmer - Bond without the money and gadgets!

The IPCRESS File (1965) Lowndes Productions / J. Arthur Rank

Although produced by Harry Saltzman, almost everything about Harry Palmer's life and activities are intended to be a direct opposite to the glitzy 'superspy' world of James Bond. Directed by Sidney J. Furie, the story is based on a novel by Len Deighton. In this first film, Palmer gets a taste for the world of cold war espionage when his particular obstinate and insubordinate character traits are utilised in investigating the kidnapping and brainwashing of British scientists.

With Guy Doleman, Nigel Green, Sue Lloyd, Gordon Jackson, Aubrey Richards, Frank Gatliff, Thomas Baptiste, Oliver MacGreevy, Freda Bamford, Pauline Winter, Anthony Blackshaw, Barry Raymond, David Glover, Stanley Meadows, Peter Ashmore, Michael Murray, Anthony Baird, Tony Caunter, Douglas Blackwell and Glynn Edwards.

Funeral In Berlin (1966) Lowndes Productions / Paramount Pictures

Produced by Charles D. Kasher with Harry Saltzman as executive producer and directed by Guy Hamilton the links to Bond are already strong. This second story in the trilogy by Len Deighton sees downbeat secret service agent Harry Palmer being sent to Berlin to oversee the exchange of a suspicious Communist defector by using a mock funeral to cross the Berlin wall, but things are not all that they seem. Colonel Stok, a Soviet intelligence officer responsible for security at the Berlin Wall, appears to want to defect but the evidence is contradictory. Double and triple-crosses become evident and Palmer becomes entangled in a complex web of espionage with agents from the UK, Russia, Germany, the USA and Israel all working the situation for the same prize - secret information.

With Paul Hubschmid, Oskar Homolka, Eva Renzi, Guy Doleman, Hugh Burden, Heinz Schubert, Wolfgang Völz, Thomas Holtzmann, Günter Meisner, Herbert Fux, Rainer Brandt, Rachel Gurney, John Abineri and David Glover.

Billion Dollar Brain (1967) Lowndes Productions / United Artists

The third story in the Harry Palmer trilogy was again produced by Harry Saltzman, with Ken Russell directing. Since the previous film, Harry Palmer has resigned from the British Secret Service and is trying to establish himself as a private detective. Accepting an assignment, he is told by a mechanical voice over the phone to take a parcel to Helsinki. The package actually contains a virus that has been stolen from Porton Down. Palmer becomes suspicious and discovers that the recipient, oil tycoon 'General' Midwinter, is using a supercomputer to coordinate plans to cause the downfall of communism and the virus is to be used to destroy the 'red army', while he takes control with his own private troops.

With Karl Malden, Ed Begley, Oskar Homolka, Françoise Dorléac, Guy Doleman, Sheybal Vladek, Milo Sperber, Janos Kurutz, Alexei Jawdokimov, Paul Tamarin, Iza Teller, Mark Elwes, Stanley Caine and Gregg Palmer.

Fathom (1967) Twentieth Century Fox

A British spy comedy film produced by John Kohn and directed by Leslie H. Martinson from a novel by Larry Forrester, in the 'Modesty Blaise' style. The script was by Lorenzo Semple Jr. who also wrote the screenplay for the Batman film. The film was one of three female spy films made in 1967 by Fox, the others being Doris Day's 'Caprice' and Andrea Dromm's 'Come Spy with Me'. Fathom Harvill is one of an American skydiving team touring Europe when she is approached by a 'secret agent' to help recover a triggering mechanism for a nuclear device that has 'gone missing' in the Mediterranean. Her skills are apparently needed to parachute into a building occupied by Red Chinese to retrieve it, but she soon realises that she's been tricked into some criminal skullduggery. Original music was composed by Johnny Dankworth

With Tony Franciosa, Ronald Fraser, Richard Briers, Greta Chi, Tom Adams, Elizabeth Ercy, Ann Lancaster, Tutte Lemkow, Reg Lye, Clive Revill

Danger Man (Secret Agent / Destination Danger / John Drake)
ITC (Incorporated Television Company) / ITV 86 episodes 1960 – 1968

Ian Fleming originally worked with series creator Ralph Smart to try and bring Bond to TV, but backed out, being replaced with Ian Stuart Black who helped develop a character called 'Lone Wolf' that evolved into 'Danger Man. The series star, Patrick McGoohan is said to have had significant input into the development of the secret agent John Drake and, in fact, was offered the role of Bond in the first movie, Dr. No, as a result of his performance in the series, which was seen in America under the title 'Secret Agent' and pre-dated the first Bond film. Drake, like Harry Palmer, was a much more 'real life' personality, although still exceptionally dispassionate and clinically cool. The other thing he shared with Bond was a dissatisfaction with his superiors and their methods, displaying an insubordination that noticably increased as the series progressed. Drake worked for 'M9', not MI6, rarely carried a gun or killed anyone (although enemies not infrequently died) and only used gadgetry that was available at the time. The Danger Man theme was composed by Edwin Astley

The Prisoner
ITC (Incorporated Television Company) / ITV 17 episodes 1967 – 1968

Was 'The Prisoner' John Drake from Danger Man? Legally not, as McGoohan did not own the rights, but the character profile is very similar and it is likely that Drake's increasing displeasure with his job and employers eventually pushed him into resignation from M9. We'll never know for sure, but apart from the opening title sequence which suggests the fact, and the reason for his abduction, that's where any similarity ends. 'Number 6' (we never hear his real name) wakes up in a surreal, high-tech, pop-art 'Village' world created by Patrick McGoohan and George Markstein, designed to psychologically break him and discover the (ungiven) reason for his resignation. We also never find out the location of 'The Village' or, indeed, even which 'side' is running it. Each episode features a new scheme by a frequently-changing 'Number 2' to try to break his will. Part-created/written/directed, produced by and starring Patrick McGoohan, it was filmed on location at Portmeirion, in Wales, and the theme music is by Ron Grainer.
The Prisoner

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Arena Productions / MGM Television / NBC 105 episodes 1964 – 1968

Created by Norman Felton with Ian Fleming (the name Napoleon Solo is from 'Goldfinger') and developed by Sam Rolfe, New York-based U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law Enforcement) is a multi-national organisation using top agents and futuristic high-tech gadgetry in its constant battle to prevent T.H.R.U.S.H. (Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity) from achieving its goal of global domination. The 'star' agents were American Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn) and 'Russian' Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum) who reported to boss Alexander Waverly, played by Leo G. Carroll (in both the 'Man' and 'Girl' series). The basic plot for each show is the constant battle of good against evil with innocent bystanders somehow becoming involved. Although somewhat 'tongue in cheek', it is not overtly comic with stories occasionally pushing the border of science fiction and shown as a series of 'acts', reminiscent of some earlier American crime dramas. Theme music is by Jerry Goldsmith.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. TV Series     
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Films

The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.
Arena Productions / MGM Television / NBC 29 episodes 1966 – 1967

A spin-off from the 'Man' series, the character April Dancer (Stephanie Powers) was proposed in the original series plot and the name was suggested by Ian Fleming. A different arrangement of the same theme music was used, with Leo G. Carroll continuing his role along with an appearances from Solo in the 'The Mother Muffin Affair' episode. Mark Slate (Noel Harrison) played Dancer's male partner agent. Not as successful as the parent series, it was eventually cancelled due to low ratings, no doubt one of the reasons being the fact that Slate was responsible for all the physical action with Dancer's most lethal attributes being a gas-spraying perfume atomiser and a pair of exploding bracelets, which severely weakened the 'secret agent' character. Not only that, but the storylines were generally more comedic and the show was almost a parody of the original series, let alone the James Bond style. As with the parent series, the show was notable for the number of 'guest stars' and came dangerously close to being a 'secret agent' version of 'Batman'.
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. TV Series

The Saint
New World / Bamore / ITC Entertainment / ITV 118 episodes 1962 – 1969

Based on the character created by Leslie Charteris, this was listed as a 'mystery spy thriller' series, although it never was quite clear exactly what Simon Templar (Roger Moore) was, but is probably best described as an adventurer or a modern 'Robin Hood'. 'The Saint' comes from his initials (also using the name Sebastian Tombs) and the pictogram that is his calling card. Upper-class English, suave, fashionable, sophisticated, athletic, intelligent, with an eye-catching car and a penchant for rescuing damsels in distress, he certainly exhibited all the characteristics of James Bond and this portrayal is probably what led to his taking the place of Connery as the regular Bond. Templar worked as a free-lance agent for various police and government agencies in anything that interested him or was likely to turn a profit, legal or not quite so. In keeping with British TV, he rarely carried a gun, preferring to use fists, but was not averse to using one or despatching 'baddies' when necessary. Produced by Monty Berman and Roger Moore, the theme music is by Edwin Astley.

The Saint
The Baron
ITC (Incorporated Television Company) / ITV 30 episodes 1966 – 1967

Based on the books by John Creasey under the pseudonym Anthony Morton, this was the first ITC show without puppets to be produced entirely in colour. It starred American Steve Forrest as John Mannering, nominally an ex-jewel thief reformed as an antiques dealer but also operating on an informal basis as an agent for British Diplomatic Intelligence headed by Templeton-Green (Colin Gordon). He was originally cast with a male partner but ITC bowed to pressure from American television and replaced him with the glamorous Cordelia, played by Sue Lloyd. Produced by Monty Berman, most of the scripts were written by Dennis Spooner and Terry Nation, with a few provided by Avengers writer Brian Clemens under the pseudonym of Tony O'Grady. Mannering was an American version of Simon Templar, with his jet-set lifestyle and his personalised number plate BAR1. Despite 'exotic' location settings, the series (as were most by ITC) filmed entirely in the UK with Elstree studios providing the foreign flavour. T
he theme music is again by Edwin Astley.

The Avengers
ITV / ABC / Thames Television 161 episodes 1961 – 1969

Created by Sydney Newman and born from the series 'Police Surgeon', this was the longest-lived and most successful of the Sixties 'secret agent' series with far more to it than I could even start to describe - it was almost a genre in itself. Originally with a theme by Johnny Dankworth which was reworked several times, it was eventually replaced with one by Laurie Johnson. It's main character, John Steed (Patrick Macnee), was the epitome of an 'English Gentleman' with his bowler hat and Savile Row suits but with a core of steel, partnered at various times by, but never openly romantically linked with, Venus Smith (Julie Stevens), Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman) - who put 'kinky boots' on the map, Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) and Tara King (Linda Thorson). As agents for 'British Intelligence' they took their assignments from their slightly bizarre boss 'Mother' ('M'?). Tongue-in cheek, some episodes verged on science-fiction, but there was never a shortage of suspense, action, fashion, gadgets and all the elements you would expect from anything remotely 'Bond-like'.
The Avengers TV Series

The Avengers
Department S
ITC (Incorporated Television Company) / ATV 28 episodes 1969 – 1970

Created by Dennis Spooner and Monty Berman, writers included Philip Broadley and Terry Nation and many episode directors had previously been involved with action shows such as The Saint, Danger Man and The Protectors. The theme music was by Edwin Astley. The show starred Peter Wyngarde as Jason King (also the name of a later spin-off series), Joel Fabiani as Stewart Sullivan and Rosemary Nicols as computer expert Annabelle Hurst who were agents for a special (the "S" in the title) section of Interpol, whose chief was Sir Curtis Seretse, played by Dennis Alaba Peters. From their Paris HQ they specialised in international cases that other agencies were unable to solve. King was the 'ideas' man of the team and a bit of a playboy, often seen with beautiful women, whose 'cover' was as an adventure novelist. Stewart Sullivan was the head of Dept. S, reporting to Seretse, and did much of the field and 'hands-on' work. Annabelle Hurst was a computer and analytical expert, often needed on the assignments and was seen in many glamorous disguises.

Department S

I Spy
Three F Productions / Peter Rodgers Organization Ltd. (PRO) / NBC 82 episodes 1965 – 1968

An American TV series that teamed Robert Culp as tennis player Kelly Robinson with Bill Cosby as Alexander Scott, his 'trainer'.
They travel the world, with Robinson playing 'amateur' tennis with the wealthy in return for their keep, which provides the cover for their activities as top agents for the Pentagon. Three F Productions consisted of writers David Friedkin and Morton Fine and cinematographer Fouad Said. Friedkin also directed one and appeared in two of the first season episodes. I Spy was unique for a TV show at the time for the way it emulated the Bond films by actually filming in exotic locations including Rome, Athens, Morocco, Florence, Madrid, Hong Kong, Venice, Tokyo, Acapulco and Las Vegas rather than using stock studio footage and backdrops. The series was devoid of Bond-style 'gadgetry', more 'true to life', and the huge success of the show is mostly attributed to the banter and chemistry between Culp and Cosby. The series is also notable for its regular 'signature' scenarios involving Robinson and Scott's escapes from locked rooms.

Mission: Impossible
Desilu Productions / Paramount Television / CBS Television 171 episodes 1966 – 1973

An American television series, that was created and initially produced by Bruce Geller, about the globally important but highly secretive missions of a team of agents known as the Impossible Missions Force (IMF). The timeless theme music is by Lalo Schifrin. One of the iconic television action shows of the Sixties involved the IMF being offered a 'mission' each week, every bit as difficult as the title implies, but the identity of the government or organisation that oversees the IMF is never revealed as it could never accept any responsibility for IMF activities. Presented as a serious action programme, much of the equipment and techniques used to achieve their successes were (for the time) futuristic and high-tec. At various times IM team members included Peter Graves, Steven Hill, Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Peter Lupus and Greg Morris. Mission Impossible was actually the 'sister' show to the original Star Trek series and they were filmed in tandem at Desilu Studios, using the same production team and regularly sharing props.


Mission Impossible

The Champions
ITC (Incorporated Television Company) / ITV 30 episodes 1968 – 1969

The series was created by Dennis Spooner and produced by Monty Berman, with theme music by Tony Hatch. Series writers had previously written episodes of other British spy series including The Avengers and Danger Man (the series actually used an unfilmed script written for Danger Man). The stories feature Craig Stirling (Stuart Damon), Sharron Macready (Alexandra Bastedo) and Richard Barrett (William Gaunt) as agents for a Geneva-based United Nations law enforcement organisation called 'Nemesis'. During their first mission their plane crashes in the Himalayas and they are rescued by members of an advanced civilisation secretly living in the remote mountains. Their lives are saved and they are endowed with enhanced abilities, including the power to communicate with one another over distances by telepathy and to see into the immediate future, together with greatly increased senses, intellect, and physical strength and agility. Their boss is 'Tremayne', played by Anthony Nicolls, who is unaware that his agents have these special abilities.
The Champions TV Series

Some Other Spy / Action Creations

Ghost Squad ATV 1961
Get Smart NBC 1965
The Rat Catchers
AR 1966
Callan ABC 1967 THAMES 1969

Man In A Suitcase ITC 1967

It Takes a Thief ABC 1968
The Secret Service (Gerry Anderson) ITC 1969.

There were also a number of 'Man from U.N.C.L.E. films created from extended episodes (see other pages) and, of course, the 1964 British spy farce 'Carry On Spying' (see Carry On films).

Additional Sixties City pages with relevant information:

Cult Television
Sci Fi Movies
Diana Rigg
Shirley Eaton
Margaret Nolan
Sean Connery as 007
The Avengers
The Champions
Man In A Suitcase
Gerry Anderson
The Man / Girl From Uncle
Carry On Films

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