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Secret Agent: Season 3: Episode 2 -- Shinda Shima - the murdered island. This is the beautiful but menacing isle on which John Drake (PATRICK McGOOHAN) finds himself when netting out to discover who is behind a murder-brotherhood which has been revived in Japan.

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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3
Release Date:
3 April 1965 (USA) See more »
Plot:
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Cast

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Patrick McGoohan ... John Drake (47 episodes, 1964-1967)
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Series Directed by
Don Chaffey (14 episodes, 1964-1966)
Michael Truman (10 episodes, 1964-1967)
Peter Yates (7 episodes, 1965-1967)
Quentin Lawrence (3 episodes, 1964-1965)
Peter Maxwell (3 episodes, 1964-1965)
Charles Crichton (2 episodes, 1964)
Patrick McGoohan (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
George Pollock (2 episodes, 1966)
 
Series Writing credits
Philip Broadley (13 episodes, 1964-1966)
Ralph Smart (13 episodes, 1964-1966)
David Stone (7 episodes, 1964-1965)
Donald Jonson (6 episodes, 1964-1966)
Raymond Bowers (2 episodes, 1964-1966)
John Roddick (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Wilfred Greatorex (2 episodes, 1964)
Norman Hudis (2 episodes, 1967)

Series Produced by
Ralph Smart .... executive producer (45 episodes, 1964-1966)
Sidney Cole .... producer (39 episodes, 1964-1967)
Barry Delmaine .... associate producer (26 episodes, 1964-1967)
Aida Young .... producer (7 episodes, 1964-1965)
 
Series Cinematography by
Brendan J. Stafford (45 episodes, 1964-1967)
Ken Hodges (2 episodes, 1964)
 
Series Film Editing by
Lee Doig (21 episodes, 1964-1967)
John Glen (20 episodes, 1964-1967)
 
Series Casting by
Rose Tobias Shaw (47 episodes, 1964-1967)
 
Series Art Direction by
Jack Shampan (24 episodes, 1964-1965)
Lionel Couch (19 episodes, 1965-1966)
Seamus Flannery (2 episodes, 1965)
Albert Witherick (2 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Makeup Department
Eddie Knight .... make-up (47 episodes, 1964-1967)
Patricia McDermott .... hairdressing (23 episodes, 1964-1967)
Betty Sherriff .... hairdressing (15 episodes, 1965-1967)
Connie Abel .... hairdressing (7 episodes, 1965)
Olga Angelinetta .... hairdressing (3 episodes, 1965)
 
Series Production Management
Barry Delmaine .... production supervisor (21 episodes, 1964-1965)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Douglas Hermes .... assistant director (18 episodes, 1965-1967)
David Tomblin .... assistant director / second unit director (16 episodes, 1964-1966)
Gino Marotta .... assistant director (11 episodes, 1964-1965)
Peter Price .... assistant director (8 episodes, 1964-1967)
 
Series Art Department
Don Picton .... set dresser (14 episodes, 1965-1967)
Johnny Bigg Jr. .... property buyer (2 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Sound Department
Wilfred Thompson .... sound editor (37 episodes, 1964-1967)
Jock May .... sound recordist (18 episodes, 1965-1967)
David Bowen .... sound recordist (12 episodes, 1964-1965)
Cyril Swern .... sound recordist (7 episodes, 1964-1965)
Gerry Turner .... sound recordist (7 episodes, 1965)
Frank Goulding .... sound editor (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
Buster Ambler .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 1965)
Allan Morrison .... sound editor (3 episodes, 1964-1965)
Bill Taylor .... sound editor (2 episodes, 1965)
 
Series Stunts
Frank Maher .... stunt coordinator / stunt double: Patrick McGoohan (47 episodes, 1964-1967)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Lowin .... camera operator (45 episodes, 1964-1967)
Stephen Dade .... second unit cameraman (3 episodes, 1966)
Herbert Smith .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1964)
S.D. Onions .... second unit cameraman (2 episodes, 1965)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Masada Wilmot .... wardrobe (47 episodes, 1964-1967)
Andre Peters .... costumes: Miss Black / miss Barrie's clothes created by (2 episodes, 1966-1967)
 
Series Music Department
Edwin Astley .... director of music (47 episodes, 1964-1967)
Alan Killick .... music editor (47 episodes, 1964-1967)

P.F. Sloan .... composer: theme music (unknown episodes, 1965-1966)
Steve Barri .... composer: theme music (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Ralph Smart .... series devised and edited by / series creator / ... (46 episodes, 1964-1967)
Doris Martin .... continuity (40 episodes, 1964-1966)
Wilfred Greatorex .... script editor (7 episodes, 1964-1965)
Isabelle Byers .... continuity (4 episodes, 1964-1965)
Josie Fulford .... continuity (2 episodes, 1967)
George Markstein .... story editor (2 episodes, 1967)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Danger Man" - UK (original title)
"Secret Agent aka Danger Man" - USA (video box title)
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Runtime:
49 min (47 episodes)
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Color:
Black and White (seasons 1-3) | Color (season 4)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
Different opening credits sequences were devised for the original UK broadcasts, with episodes alternating between them. One shows Drake walking towards the camera in negative, then a sharp closeup of his eyes in positive. The second sequence starts with a closeup of Drake's eyes, then pulls back on a photograph of his complete face.See more »
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Referenced in The Spy Next Door (2010)See more »

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26 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
The Best Television Can Get, 8 November 2004
Author: acerf from California

Secret Agent Man

Known in the States as Secret Agent Man, Danger Man – with just a few misfire episodes, is for me, the best television in history. Better at what it does than what Seinfeld did for its genre, better even, than the BBC's The Office. 'The Best.' The stonking, pound-for-pound champion of television. Better still, than its successor, The Prisoner.

Despite what has dated, what is stunning about Danger Man is what has not. In a sense, it's sickeningly depressing, because the plot concerns are eerily of the moment. Right wing takeovers, identity theft, internment camps, Geneva and Rome endings for unlucky agents … and a majority of episodes concerning the Middle East, which- either through huge coincidence or prescience, relate to Iraq, Israel and Lebanon! There is even a slightly anti-Israeli cautionary tale – how likely is that, today or any day? (No turncoat is John Drake; there is a touching episode or three when Drake doesn't cut any slack to those who have sold out their country, whatever their sad stories.)

Despite rumors, Patrick McGoohan was apparently never in British Intelligence. A little boxing, stage acting and chicken farming, yes; spying, no. McGoohan certainly fits the perception of the professional spy: Incredibly handsome, tall, and tough – but separate that image - also, humane, free of racial prejudiced and pro-women. Drake uses brain and brawn- he throws a good right hander, for example, though his pathetically slow running, is thankfully, kept to a minimum. (For a real laugh, dig Sean Connery running in You Only Live Twice. These spy cats ain't sprinters.)

As has been noted countless times, it's rather remarkable, that the program's standard of writing –in an average episode, as high as a good film - was maintained, week in, week out. Rare duff episodes aside, Danger Man is that rare show with consistently great and novel writing. Many episodes demand repeated viewing.

The Danger man formula included fine photography. There are exotic exteriors – McGoohan who incidentally, co-wrote several of the better episodes, let his camera people fly around the world and film whatever they liked. The interiors were filmed - I believe at Shepperton and with a few conspicuous exceptions, (some 'beaches' set in the Caribbean are dire) the interiors are HIGHLY convincing. Thus, the exterior shots of the Alps are followed by cuts to Switzerland- at- Shepperton, if you will; just marvelous; though the lighting of course, never matched.

In most episodes, Drake meets his masters for assignments in a variety of London locales. Brilliant. Are our own security services this smart? The wonderful harpsichord tune, an inevitable shot of a jet plane landing God knows where and we know: 'Here comes Drake, the brainy detective to once again, prevail with his wits – with a little help from dem fists!'

The foresight is creepy. McGoohan, who must be a peacenik, seems, from almost 40 years ago, to warn us across the chasm of time, of the dangers of a society under constant surveillance, plagued by right-wing lunatics, both harassed and sold out. A society with an uncertain future. Using his masterful Shakespearian voice (he was voted tops on the stage in 60') a fairly good range and some specialties – drunks are particularly good; McGoohan and company are very formulaic per 1960's norm – but what a wonderful brew they've concocted.

The guest stars are, almost without exception, excellent and diverse. So good that when a well-known British character actor is doing the world's worst Scottish accent; somehow, the plot flows on. The terrible attempts at a burr are in fact, an unadvertised, campy bonus. Surprises abound from a talented cast of stars – in many cases, easily eclipsing the performances of name actors from the big screen.

In the final analysis, it is Drake, Pat McGoohan and the writers, himself included, which make this the best show in the short history of TV. Patriot and lover of Britain to the end, handy man with gadgets, hater of guns and promiscuous sex, these are part of the appeal. But it is the palpable sense of doubled standards worrying Drake that is the real star shower: 'How bad is the East,' and, 'Does the murder' (yes, murder) 'that our side gets up to … is it justified in a war on, among other things, terror and is the price sustainable?'

The best episode is a pure fantasy rather than a espionage or political thriller. It is a tale of identity theft involving perfect plastic surgery – impossible in 1964, yet today's news. That episode, 'Slay It With Flowers,' with its dazzling guest stars – foremost, young Rachel Herbert with a stellar turn as the innkeeper's daughter, is probably the best that television will ever be A plot torn from today's headlines … fine acting, palpable danger, and above all John Drake's creed that people who don't deserve to get hurt, do.

But not if he can help it. And help he does.

Dangerman is here!

** If you can find the last two episodes in color, you're in for a treat. While most reviewers find them stilted, (McGoohan lost interest after filming the episodes and immediately ended the series) I beg to differ. The color is great and one scene, set amongst Kabuki 'dolls' one of which is a very real, murderous human, is one of the finest things I've ever seen attempted.

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