1978: QM tries its version of The Avengers

In the late 1970s, things were changing at QM Productions. Founder Quinn Martin sold his company to Taft Broadcasting and those he left behind tried to carry on.

One project after Martin’s departure was Escapade, a QM version of The Avengers. It starred Granville Van Dusen and Morgan Fairchild. QM brought aboard Brian Clemens as writer-producer. Clemens was was of the major creative forces behind The Avengers and its 1970s revival, The New Avengers.

Escapade included a mammoth computer to assist its heroes. QM held onto the general notion. In 1979, QM launched A Man Called Sloane, which also had a chattering computer.

By this time, many of the QM behind-the-camera veterans had also departed. One who was still around was John Conwell, QM’s long-time casting director. So was John Elizalde, the music supervisor who hired composers for QM productions.

Here is the video. H/T @LeeGoldberg who got our attention about this.

2 Responses

  1. I have no recollection of this show at all. However, “A Man Called Sloane” with Robert Conrad happened to be a very “cool” show, and was true to the secret agent asthetic. Unfortunately, it was quickly cancelled before it could develop an audience. Glenn in Brooklyn, NY.

  2. I just watched this on Youtube. Utter rubbish. Nothing like the Avengers. Nothing like anything good either. No wonder it never sold.

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