I’ve long been a fan of vintage television shows, many of which aired before I was born or I was too young to remember. I discovered them later during syndication and it was like finding something wonderful and sparkly beneath a Christmas tree.
I’m a David Hedison fan. Yeah, I liked all that corny sci-fi on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea—lobstermen, mermaids, and mutant aliens who wanted to get their sloppy tentacles on Seaview’s nuclear reactor. Imagine my surprise when I learned that David Hedison (Captain Crane of the Seaview) had previously starred in an espionage series known as Five Fingers.
I heard of the show through friend and fellow author, Diane Kachmar.
Diane regularly attends cons throughout the country with David, acting as his assistant, and helping him with the sale of memorabilia from his long career. She also maintains the David Hedison website, so it’s only natural she would be the ideal person to pen a book on the history of Five Fingers.
Here’s the press release from Bearmanor Media, Diane’s publisher:
Actor David Hedison may be best-known for playing James Bond’s CIA buddy, Felix
Leiter, in Live and Let Die (1973) and License to Kill (1989), as well as Captain Crane on the television series, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, (1964-1968).
Long before those roles, Hedison appeared as a CIA agent of a different sort in the1959-1960 20th Century Fox Television series, Five Fingers. His role was Victor Sebastian,a double agent within the then active Communist Party. Through his adventures every week,he was able to thwart their many nefarious plots, all while romancing his lover and muse, chanteuse Simon Genet, in addition to keeping his cover intact as a bon vivant talent agent at Wembley and Sebastian of London,Paris, and New York. Quite a balancing act, yet Victor Sebastian was always able to pull it off.
Five Fingers was one of three shows in 1959 that led 20th Century Fox Studios’ entry into series television. Some viewers believe that had Five Fingers not been programmed on Saturday nights against the Western, Gunsmoke (1955-1975), which was the #1 show on television in 1959, Five Fingers might have enjoyed that same success.
The sixteen episodes chronicled here were syndicated around the world through 1965 and in the United States until the late 1970s. Five Fingers was a truly class act of a series.
Discover why the series has lasted in popularity for over fifty-five years in the hearts of the show’s fans.
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Available in hardback, paperback, and e-book editions.
Grab your copy now, before some underworld spy beats you to it!
Diane has some pretty cool previous releases too, if you’re a fan of vintage TV:
The Fly at Fifty: The Creation and Legacy of a Classic Science Fiction Film
Roy Scheider: A film Biography