Secret Agent (1964–1966)
"Danger Man" (original title)

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Two years after the original "Danger Man" series concluded, it was revamped and retconned. The series returned in a longer format. (1 hour/episode instead of 30 minutes). John Drake was now... See full summary »

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 John Drake (47 episodes, 1964-1967)
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Two years after the original "Danger Man" series concluded, it was revamped and retconned. The series returned in a longer format. (1 hour/episode instead of 30 minutes). John Drake was now an agent for MI9, getting exotic assignments exclusively from Her Majesty's Secret Service as an agent of M9. This version of the series introduced several Bond-like gadgets, including a tape-recording shaver, as well as a lighter with a camera hidden inside. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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Contrary to some reviews of this series that appeared in the 1960s (and, in fact, more recent reviews from the 1990s and 2000s), Danger Man was one of the least violent spy series ever. Its' hero rarely, if ever carried a gun, and during the course of the series never shot anyone to death (though in at least one episode Drake pretends to as part of a ruse, and he does so again in a dream sequence in another episode). Villains usually were left alive at the end, with some exceptions, which was also a rarity for the genre. (Drake wrestles with Papa Camille for a handgun. Drake turns the handgun into Papa Camille's chest and fires, killing him.) In the episode, Secret Agent: To Our Best Friend (1965), after an enemy agent tells him to keep his hands out his pocket (to avoid a suspected gun), Drake replies; 'I never carry a gun. They're noisy and they hurt people. Besides, I manage very well w/out.' See more »

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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 »

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In North American syndication it was SECRET AGENT, but . . .
8 September 2000 | by (Lowell, Mich. U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

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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