Adam Adamant Lives! (1966–1967)
The character was named after the mineral Adamantine. A mineral tougher than diamonds.
While Holmes deduced his way to solving a case, Blake solved it with a bit of more violence. He was also more a hit with the younger readers.
Newman could not secure the rights to the Sexton Blake character so he created one.
Despite not being able to secure the rights to Sexton Blake, The Blake character was serialized on BBC Radio in the 1940's and on BBC TV in the 1970's.
Since the series was in production and not on air yet passersby probably thought that actor Gerald Harper was a crazy drunk waving his cane around! He also had to fall and "pass out" on several takes. When he started waving his sword at a Double Decker bus the traffic became snarled.(He acted as though he had seen a bus for the first time.)
He believed that the lights were the "fires of hell".
They had to film the scene and quickly leave before the police showed up. They didn't have any permits and feared of being arrested.
In every episode, she would wear large hats. This was because Syndey Newman envisioned the Tinker character and the hats made he look more male.
The opening had a secret call button. When pressed, a brick wall would open up lead to a cage elevator to access it. The car park was real and still stands as of this writing.
The only difference is that the old London bridge seen in the series across from the car park has been replaced by a new one.
The Mini Cooper S that Adam Adamant drove is owned by a private owner. Despite looking one color it was actually two tone. The car is dark green with a tan (copper?) top. It was twice restored and is drivable.
Among the items he recovered was his desk. It contains a bullet hole from a gun that narrowly missed him.
He would direct make his directorial debut with three episodes: The League of Uncharitable Ladies in season 1 and season 2 with Death Begins at Seventy and The Resurrectionists.
Due to the videotape wiping policy that the BBC had until 1978, only The League of Uncharitable Ladies survived. There are no known copies of his season 2 work as of this writing.
- Rejected names for the character that became Adam Adamant.
Adamant was a bit unassuming. In his time he looked after women. In the 1960's with Feminism the female characters were more take charge and could look after themselves.
In the second season, Derek Ware was hired as a fight director. New rules were established. Adamant had to fight at least two opponents (three if possible). He could never win a fight by killing the villain. If the villain died they have to die of their own accord.
Gerald Harper would really get into his fight scenes scaring his opponents to death. Having to wear a wig, constricting Victorian clothes, lifts and short sighted. (He had to remove his glasses when doing a scene.) it was surprising he could move about during the scenes.
Derek Ware told his opponents that if he got too rough just tap his back hand with the sword. This would shock him and would back off.
Gerald Harper would joke that he would wear a leather mask while going off to whisper his lines into a microphone and got paid for it.
Such an easy life making money compared to his.