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From Serling With Love: A Spy Series That Never Was August 6, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Televixen @ 5:15 am

As a fan of Bond and Man From U.N.C.L.E., I would have loved to see what he could have done with this type of genre. Thanks for sharing! I had no idea he pitched this.

Shadow & Substance

Imagine James Bond in The Twilight Zone. Hard to do, isn’t it? Even if you enjoy both, spy thrillers and sci-fi/fantasy stories blend about as well as tuxedos and tennis shoes.

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Yet with a new Mission: Impossible movie hitting movie theaters, it’s worth highlighting the one episode of The Twilight Zone that inhabits the cloak-and-dagger world: “The Jeopardy Room” — and pointing out the surprising fact that it developed from a premise that Rod Serling had for a whole new series about spies.

His proposal to CBS in 1963 (in the wake of the hit James Bond movie “From Russia With Love”) described a show simply titled The Chase. Serling wanted it to focus on a secret government agency, directed by a Bondian spy named McGough, that would handle sensitive “international involvements”.

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McGough would be a “quiet, taciturn, unheroic kind of man — calculating, predatory, and deadly efficient…

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2 Responses to “From Serling With Love: A Spy Series That Never Was”

  1. Paul Says:

    As I said on my own blog, Mary, thanks! Serling even did a western for one season, so it’s clear he had an interest in other genres. Fun to ponder what “The Chase” would have been like …

  2. Televixen Says:

    Paul, I really would have loved to seen what he could do with the genre. Fun stuff! Thank you!!!!


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