1967 Emmys: The Apex of ’60s Spy Television

The 1960s were a special time for spy television. And the era may have reached its apex with the 1967 Emmy Awards. Imagine a cocktail party where Cinammon Carter, Rollin Hand, John Steed, Emma Peel, Maxwell Smart and Agent 99 attended.

Well, the Emmys that year had such a feel. Barbara Bain of Mission: Impossible beat out Diana Rigg and Barbara Stanwyck for best dramatic actress. Bain and her then-husband Martin Landau presented the comedy writing award, which was picked up by Get Smart’s Buck Henry and Leonard B. Stern. Meanwhile, M:I creator/executive producer Bruce Geller collected one for his script to the show’s pilot, beating out a Robert Culp script for I Spy. Heck, even the Monkees show up. Take a look:

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