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Fortune Hunter was a series on Fox Network in 1994, starring the late Mark Frankel as the super-spy Carlton Dial.

Dial is an ex-government agent whose high-risk assignments take him to exotic locales and into extreme danger, all in the name of recovering some of the world's most sought-after items – classified information, complex weapons systems, and the occasional endangered species, which have fallen into the wrong hands – for a handsome fee.

Dial is now working as a master agent for the Intercept Corporation, a high-tech global recovery organization based in San Francisco. Dial and his partner, the affable Harry Flack (John Robert Hoffman of Adventures in Wonderland fame), execute incredibly complex plans to retrieve these valuable items, depending on split-second timing and an astounding array of sophisticated electronic gadgetry.

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  • Defrosting Ice Queen: In a few instances. One example being a female marine biologist in "The Aquarius Intercept".
  • The Charmer: Dial is this to a fault.
  • The Foil: Carlton Dial is the Sauvé, womanizing, and crafty agent who is not afraid to get physical when necessary. Harry, on the other hand, is the nerdy, computer geek who's also a Planet of the Apes fanboy. And while Dial is shown to be quite wealthy, Harry struggles with finances as he failed to pay his taxes and was even towed in later episodes.
  • The Expy: Dial is basically the James Bond of the 90's.
  • The Geek: Harry truly fits this trope.
  • Girlofthe Week: Basically any girl Dial falls for.
  • Job Title: "Fortune Hunter" is the name of Dial's occupation.
  • Laser Sight: Played with. The hero points out a red dot on a guard's chest, warning the man not to move or raise the alarm lest he be shot by a hidden sniper. The dot, however, comes from an off-the-shelf laser pointer taped to a tree.
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  • Seeing Through Another's Eyes: Carlton uses camera contact lenses and a two-way earpiece to transmit what he sees and hears to Harry.
  • Putona Bus: According to Wikipedia, the last unaired episode of the whole show has the unseen Harry being "promoted" and replaced by three new colleagues.
  • Soviet Superscience: As seen in "Red Alert" where a Soviet satellite is filled with a poison gas.

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