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John Drake (Patrick McGoohan) is a special operative for N.A.T.O., specializing in security assignments against any subversive element which threatened world peace. The series featured ... See full summary »
After resigning, a secret agent is abducted and taken to what looks like an idyllic village, but is really a bizarre prison. His warders demand information. He gives them nothing, but only tries to escape.
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Sam McCloud is a Marshal from Taos, New Mexico, who takes a temporary assignment in the New York City Police Department. His keen sense of detail and detecting subtle clues, learned from his experience, enable him to nab unsuspecting criminals despite his unbelieving boss.
Coming at approximately the same time as James Bond, ITC's Danger Man (known as Secret Agent in the states) is the complete antithesis, with the calm, icy-cool demeanor of British M9 Agent John Drake (Patrick McGoohan). Whereas Bond was all flash, Drake (who never carried a gun, he felt them to be "noisy, and they can hurt someone") instead used his brain, and is very adept at defending himself with his hands), also eschewed having the "babe of the week", or even having Drake involved with a woman. The show (which had initially been a 1960 to 1961 half-hour series, also under the same title and character name, but was slightly "retconned" when it became an hour-long series) became an international hit, and helped propel series' lead Patrick McGoohan to international fame (in fact, Mr. McGoohan was twice offered the role of James Bond, and twice refused. The first time, he declined, but recommended a friend of his, Sir Sean Connery). Unlike many other spy series at this time, Danger ...
During the latter episodes, John Drake became prone to questioning his superior's orders and to display more regret and compassion toward any innocently implicated character. See more »
The opening credits for the original British version of the series are only about 10 seconds long -- one of the shortest credit sequences in TV history (among shows with opening credits). The American version of the opening credits is some 3 times as long. See more »
Two color episodes were produced as part of a season that was interrupted when McGoohan quit the series to make "The Prisoner." These two episodes were edited together to form the movie Koroshi. The original unedited episodes were released on video in the UK in the 1980s. See more »
In North American syndication it was SECRET AGENT, but . . .
Believe it or not, I did not see any of this programme until 1992-93. It was shown one per night on CBC-Windsor at difficult to establish late hours. In spite of the inconvenience, I made it my business to see as many as possible; my first was when Drake had a car crash, blacking out . . . and you will just have to see it.
It was well cast with well-crafted supporting characters. I had no idea it was the progeny of an earlier show about a NATO operative, a few episodes of which I saw in 1961 (and none since). One notes comment that SECRET AGENT was inspired by the 007 films, which is beyond dispute, but I respectfully disagree that it was as "gadgety" as the Bond films, and furthermore it was devoid of the latent camp. Exception: "Would You Like Some Wine" (if memory serves). Perhaps it was the b.&w. presentation that made it more -- pardon the cliche -- gritty.
Most of the episodes were good. It seems some of the later ones (did the series run into 1967?) were the weakest: Far-fetched and in a few cases ridiculous without being tongue-in-cheek. I cannot say whether SECRET AGENT came to an end because it ran out of petrol or because the more ambitious THE PRISONER was on the drawing boards. All said, I agree that one should make every attempt to see the series, and no, being period piece does not distract for those able to make a mature adjustment to such.
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