Adam Adamant Lives! Reviews Ep 7 To Set a Deadly Fashion

Hagan takes an episode by episode look at the Classic 1960’s British spy/ hero series Adam Adamant Lives!

Adam Adamant Lives Series 1 Episode 7- To set a Deadly Fashion.

Adam Adamant Lives! is owned by the BBC.


  1. ooh, this is a good episode for me to watch not-directly-before-sleep and thus remember to comment!

    Some of the points you raised about this one do highlight further things to talk about. I’m not sure if you mentioned it before, but the general pattern of the show’s plots seems like really backwards social commentary. “Ooooh, what bane it is to trust a woman. And how much easier life would be if they had remained passive like in the good old days.” Usually, such plots are employed to poke fun at the heroe’s old-fashioned ideas and praise progress (or at least what passes for it), but it seems different in this case.

    Also, if we want to go full Ebert on this, how telling is it that the greatest threat in this episode takes the form of a gay man using modern progress in a sinister way by tinkering with Adam’s rugged heart ?

  2. At the risk of breaking my personal promise not to be a suck-up, you seem to be even wittier than usual in this review, or maybe it’s just me. These are great, although I have mixed feelings about this series itself. On the one hand, it’s got the kind of ’60s cheese that my parents would love, but on the other, it’s also full of the sexual hypocrisy and chauvinism that keep me from being able to enjoy almost any movie from the ’60s. Isn’t it weird that movies from the ’40s treated women better – at least outwardly? In the ’60s, they were reduced to dumb sex objects, or evil sex objects. At least make your bad-woman-of-the-week a source of comic relief or something! It’s too much of a drag otherwise.

    • I’d rather be a sex object than furniture. I’d rather be a person than both and I’d quite like to be the kind of person who owns some sex furniture.

  3. I feel there is a point you failed emphasize, the hero just made the heroine strip on a British KIDS show! I thought kids shows nowadays had finally started letting more mature themes into them like death and romance, apparently things are just starting to get back to where they were before.

  4. British censors don’t like the headbutt and as it turns out, it really hurts to hit someone with your own head. I really do need to stop trusting women including Ms. Jones. Funny story involving an attempt to hit a villain, but she swung too far and I got clocked on the side of the head and flash backed to the first episode. I hate it when that happens.

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