The British government are after a woman named Vanessa, wanted for alleged espionage. John Drake visits the foreign country where she is staying with friends and works out a plan to ...
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The British government are after a woman named Vanessa, wanted for alleged espionage. John Drake visits the foreign country where she is staying with friends and works out a plan to infiltrate her villa. However, his task becomes more difficult when he discovers that another agent working for the opposite side is also after Vanessa. Written by
When Nikolides takes Drake to check out Ranfi's villa (at about the 7 min 45 second mark), the villa is, in fact, the central piazza and Bristol Colonnade at Portmeirion. The is the second time in the series that Portmeirion - famous as the location for The Village in The Prisoner - makes a guest appearance. See more »
This episode has some nice twists and turns. Two nice character actors, Donald Pleasance and Warren Mitchell. Pleasance is known for the early Halloween horror film series, but also for great performances in movies like "The Great Escape," Polanski's "Cul De sac" and the early James Bond film, "You Only Live Twice." Here he plays a meek and annoying man, a bureaucratic spy who seems to be doing it just for the money it brings him. He is a nice anti-Drake. Warren Mitchell played Alf Garnett in the British television series, "Till Death Do Us Part," which was the role that became Archie Bunker, when the series was Americanized as "All in the Family." Here he just has a very brief but effective scene as Stashig, an old friend of Drake who is now on the other side. He knows that he should eliminate Drake, but he decides that he has too few friends left to lose another one. This is an episode where McGoohan really shows what a great James Bond he would have made. He even makes a joke after being shot at in the James Bond style. What distinguishes "Danger Man" from most Bond movies is that you really feel something for the characters. This episode is a good example.
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