Actor Mark Harmon, best known for his role as Special Agent Gibbs on the CBS hit show NCIS, recently collaborated with former NCIS special agent Leon Carol Jr. to write “Ghost of Honolulu.” The book tells the true story of Douglas W., a Japanese American spy whose service played a crucial role in the birth of the modern NCIS. Mark Harmon and Leon Carol Jr. discussed their collaboration and the importance of authenticity in portraying NCIS on the show.

Harmon, who portrayed Gibbs for 19 years, emphasized the significance of having Leon Carol Jr. as the technical advisor on the show. He praised Carol for being the real deal, a genuine expert with a background in the Marine Corps and NCIS. The book explores the intriguing story of Douglas W., the first Japanese American spy, offering a unique perspective on historical events.

Leon Carol Jr., in his role as the show’s technical advisor, aimed to ensure the accuracy and realism of NCIS portrayals. He worked closely with the actors, directors, and crew, striving to strike a balance between real elements and entertainment value. Harmon shared his appreciation for Carol’s guidance and the wealth of knowledge he provided during their collaboration.

In addition to discussing the book, the conversation touched on Harmon’s departure from NCIS after 19 seasons. Harmon, now an executive producer, left the show in 2021, leaving fans curious about a potential return. While Harmon didn’t provide a definitive answer, his coy smile suggested that Agent Gibbs might make a comeback, keeping viewers intrigued.

The discussion also highlighted the impact of NCIS on inspiring individuals to pursue careers in law enforcement. Leon Carol Jr. mentioned that the show’s popularity led to a decrease in the need for recruitment efforts, as young people were inspired to join NCIS after watching the series.

In a lighthearted moment, Harmon and Carol Jr. shared their mutual appreciation for interrogation scenes. Carol Jr. expressed his love for the challenge of one-on-one interrogations, emphasizing the satisfaction of getting someone to admit wrongdoing. Harmon, noting that Carol Jr. had interrogated him effectively, acknowledged the intriguing nature of interrogation scenes in the show.

The interview concluded with a discussion about Harmon’s continued involvement as an executive producer and the enduring success of NCIS, which has become a cultural phenomenon over its two-decade run. The segment also mentioned the debut of the first international series of the NCIS franchise, “NCIS: Sydney,” which premiered on CBS and Paramount Plus.

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