Anthony Quayle plays Adam Strange, an “independent detective” who works loosely with Scotland Yard. Not quite a “consulting detective” but he does have a pretty sweet chemistry set in his flat/laboratory/club house to further the Holmesian allusion. All the episodes or “reports” are given random numbers which makes it really hard to figure out which episode goes first when you are trying to burn them into your media system. According to my husband. ANYWAY, Adam Strange used to work for Scotland Yard as a detective, but now he freelances with his hip young helpers…
Evelyn MacLean, artist, model and gal Friday, seen here in one of her signature “Oopsie, I forgot to wear anything on my legs” ensembles. Has confused, slightly incestuous daddy/daughter relationship with Adam and confused, slightly incestuous big brother/little sister relationship with Ham. Yes, that’s right. I said “Ham.” I’m talking about Hamlyn “Ham” Gynt who is supposed to be from Minnesota, works part time at the British Museum, is a medical doctor, drives a vintage motorcycle, and can frequently be seen wearing goggles.
Ham has a pretty handsy/slashy relationship with Adam Strange, whom he assists in some vague, unofficial capacity.
What is Personal Space? Adam/Ham edition 1/1 million.
Now that we’ve introduced the principal characters, we need to talk about the setting: London in the swingin’ sixties. You can tell because they have NIGHT CLUBs.
As you can see avocado green plays an important part in this show. Not only is Strange’s apartment mostly avocado, but so is the hallway, and most of Scotland yard and the occasional villain hideout.
This is Evelyn’s kitchen. Good lord it’s so cute I just want to take it to the park and push it on the swings.
These are Adam Strange’s glasses. They are very important to me.
Note Agatha Cristie novel in background.
IMPORTANT, IMPORTANT, IMPORTANT
Other stuff about Adam Strange: he drives a taxi cab, to better elude the bad guys, I guess. Occasionally one of the bad guys will try to hail him. It’s pretty High-lar. Speaking of transportation, here is Adam on a boat in a blue anorak. Tony Quayle was a real-life yacht owner. I wonder if that’s his personal anorak.
Quayle’s eyebrow is vital to the success of the show. It helps him with acting and stuff.
Well, that’s about it for now. Here’s the final shot of the first episode. Our threesome walking down the stairs in a confused/incestuous manner. This is how they walk everywhere. (I’m not joking). Also, thinking about giving the Boy, the nickname, “Buzz.” What do you think?
Thank you this is brill review. I love the way he drives on to an aeroplane in his cab in one episode. Also I think a door is missing as well if I remember correctly. I loved the atmosphere of the show and the relationship between the characters.