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Mannix is the American James Bond. In season 1 of Mannix, Mike Connors even looked like Sean Connery did in the early Bond years, and the feel of that first year of Mannix was definitely Bond. Of course, the show was completely re-tooled for season 2 as Mannix's status as the organizational rebel/misfit is carried to its next logical step when he starts to work for himself. But that same evolutionary spirit infuses the entire series. Each year of Mannix has a different feel to it. Mannix carries a constant set of themes throughout, but the main characters evolve throughout all of the years. The result is a uniquely American character - and the best one TV ever produced. Both Bond and Mannix are iconic characters in the genre of those who fight the good fight with high physical energy and lots of self-reliance. But the contrasts are equally interesting, and they say something uniquely positive about our American culture and the American spirit. While Bond had special agent status within a governmental organization, Mannix works for himself - he has an everyman quality, proud of his heritage as second-generation and being his own man (transcending his father's wishes for his life). While Bond works to save the world, Mannix works to help individuals - one day, one story at a time. While Bond works on assignments that come from those who govern, Mannix relies upon the next case to come to him in its own time. While Bond uses his special gadgets, Mannix relies upon his guts. While Bond is a lady's man, Mannix seldom gets the girl. While Bond overcomes all obstacles with little to no damage to himself, Mannix gets beat up and shot a lot - thus including sacrifice, which has a distinctly biblical theme (as acknowledged in an October 31, 1970 TV Guide article on the Mannix writers). And sure, the beatings and shootings probably could not happen in TV today, at least in the same way - but that is really a shame, because those who labeled this show as violent completely missed the point. The label of this show being violent is similar to saying Christianity is about violence because of the way Christ died. But, because of the label of violence, because the main character evolved over the years as almost an alter ego to Mike Connors and because of the evolutionary spirit of two sets of producers, this show is one of a kind. Thankfully, CBS/Paramount is now finally giving us Mannix on DVD and with all eight seasons having already been digitally re-mastered and season 5 now coming out, it appears we will finally see all eight seasons again, unedited and as clear as possible. And thanks in advance to CBS/Paramount for doing the right thing and finally giving us all of this show again. There is another similarity between Bond and Mannix. In the genre of special agents in movies, there is Bond and then there is everyone else. In the genre of private eyes on TV, there is Mannix and then there is everyone else. The TV detectives that came afterward were either negative reactions to Mannix), buddy shows, or one of a host of gimmick shows. Mannix stood alone not only because it was the first highly successful detective show on TV, but it also had no gimmick - it was bold enough to make a statement about the kind of heroismfound in everyman working class individuals who figured things out enough to put themselves out there, by choice: not reluctantly, not by accident, with nothing to hide behind and alone.