Master thief Alexander Mundy is paroled from prison by SIA special agent Noah Bain in order to steal for the United States government on special occasions.
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According to the 2011-release of the complete 18-disc complete series, the bonus-material DVD provides "The King of Thieves: An Interview with Robert Wagner", starting at the 1:00 minute mark and running until the 3:00 minute mark, Wagner states that he was called into the office of Universal Studios head Lou Wasserman in 1967 and offered the role of Alexander Mundy. Wagner demurred, saying that he wasn't sure he was interested in doing TV. Wasserman promised him if that Wagner made a pilot and it didn't sell to a network, Universal would produce a theatrical release.
Wagner goes on to say in the interview that he pilot was rejected by the networks and scrapped. Wasserman fulfilled his promised by producing an entirely new rewritten 99minute-long film stocked with actors under Universal option. Wagner says the film was released in theaters in Europe under the title "Magnificent Thief".
Wagner further states that while filming another project in South America he heard that on the basis of the theatrical release, the series had been picked up as a mid-season replacement. The initial episode was an awkwardly edited 75 minute-long cut of the theatrical release. This can be seen by the evidence of the opening credits where such cast members as Kurt Kasner and Joe Louis are absent in the missing 24 minutes and the plot makes no sense from the abrupt jump after fight scene in the stewardess' apartment in Washington, DC, to the sudden shift without explanation to the Montreal Sports Expo concluding the episode. The original 99 minute-long theatrical provides viewers with three scenes that explain the transition to the Expo missing in the shorter version. See more
The enemy agents frequently refer to a collection of photos as a "cachet". This is a common mispronunciation of "cache" - which is correctly pronounced the same as "cash". See more