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 John Drake (39 episodes, 1960-1961)
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John Drake is a special operative for NATO, specializing in security assignments against any subversive element which threatened world peace. The series featured exotic locales from all over the world, as his assignments frequently took him to Africa, Latin America, and the Far East. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca> UPDATED U.N. Owen

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Based on his success as John Drake, Patrick McGoohan became one of the first actors considered for the role of James Bond in Dr. No (1962). Between this series and the later Secret Agent (1964), all the "regular" actors in the Bond movies - Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell and Desmond Llewelyn- would guest star with McGoohan, as would many future Bond co-stars such as Honor Blackman and Zena Marshall to name just two. See more »

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John Drake: [Opening titles narration] Every government has its Secret Service branch: America, CIA; France, Deuxieme Bureau; England, MI5. NATO also has its own. A messy job? Well that's when they usually call on me, or someone like me. Oh yes: my name is Drake. John Drake.
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first series is chock full of goodness,
31 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

patrick mcgoohans's dicey 'new englander' accent notwithstanding, he's in fine form here. fast paced and inventive plots, exotic locales, and the extremely moral hero john drake all make the first series of danger man great television.

though he doesn't bed down with every girl he comes across, there's more than enough sexual tension to go around, as every female within a thirty-foot radius ends up throwing herself at johnny d. not keen on guns, drake's a master fighter and the resulting fight scenes are always fun to watch. his gadgets are realistic, much more believable than the ones used by bond or the man from wherever.

the very first episode, 'a view from the villa', takes us to portmeirion, PMG's inspiration for the village in 'the prisoner'. another one of the best television programs ever made.

you'll see a host of familiar faces in supporting roles here too. donald pleasance, barbara shelley--all kinds of great actors popped up on dm from time to time. by all means, if you're a fan of espionage shows, danger man should be high on your list of must-sees. it's got all the chewy goodness and none of the camp that marred so many spy programs in the sixties.


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