The killing of a man who embezzled five million dollars of gold bullion prompts secret agent John Drake to investigate. He questions various people around Rome in an attempt to find the ... See full summary »
The killing of a man who embezzled five million dollars of gold bullion prompts secret agent John Drake to investigate. He questions various people around Rome in an attempt to find the victim's girlfriend, whom he suspects will be his best lead, but no one seems to know just who or where she is. A clue on a painting finally leads him to a country residence. There, he discovers the stash of gold and the identity of the missing girlfriend. But it soon becomes apparent that others, including the murderer, are in search of the stolen loot and will do anything to get their hands on it. Written by
Standing in for rural Italy in this, the first program featuring Patrick McGoohan as John Drake, is Portmeirion, the Welsh seaside village that later served as The Village for McGoohan's series The Prisoner (1967). See more »
When the dressmaker looks at the photo in her office, it is shown in closeup as the grey-haired murder victim looking left, with a cigarette in his left hand and his right hand in his pocket. In the next shot, Drake is holding the photo and it is of a dark haired man looking right, with a box in his left hand and his right hand raised. See more »
If by chance you stumble in here wondering what Danger Man is all about, here is an attempt to get you up to speed.
The Cold War era 1960's were chock full of TV spy dramas; I Spy, The Saint, The Avengers, Get Smart, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Mission Impossible, even The Wild Wild West. They were all great in their own way, and besides the dramas themselves, we got some of the best theme songs ever in the history of television.
Danger Man stands head and shoulders above all these shows however. Why? It was the whole package. The writing was tight, topical, and clever. The casting was scrupulous and spot on. The set design decent (for the time). And the icing on the cake was the star of the show, the enigmatic Patrick McGoohan. McGoohan, rounded off what would have been a good series, pushing it over the top and making it the great and extremely long lived series (in re-runs) that it is. Over a half century after both the 1/2 hour and the later 1 hour series was filmed the show is still very much worth watching. The story lines that were so topical of those times still hit home today.
McGoohan, in my view, was not only a consummate actor, he was a renaissance man... a man for all seasons. At times it has struck me that he even had a touch of "herr music" running through his veins (in fact he was an accomplished musician). The thing about John Drake is that he was always one step ahead of his opponent. He always had a plan B ready in the wings. Drake thought fast! He relied on his wits -rarely a gun- to get out of a jam. And to really make that work the actor had to have the intelligence to pull it off. Drake's presence could not really be "acted". The actor himself had to have that right stuff. McGoohan did.
Danger Man is a sort of thinking person's James Bond. Far tighter scripting than the Bond movies, which produced a show that made it much easier to suspend your disbelief. Yes, Danger Man was filmed mostly in B&W, but that actually works to the show's advantage. This first episode, 'View From the Villa', I believe substantiates my above claims.
btw - There is a great Danger Man site in the UK that has color stills of each episode. Great stuff there; danger-man.co.uk.
PS - This is a ladies show as well as a man's show. Women of the 60's tuned in to Danger Man left and right because Drake always treated the women on the show with respect. He never bedded them (I know... unheard of). Instead he rescued them! This is generally a safe show for the whole family. There is violence but it is muted and never gratuitous.
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