Secret Agent: Season 1, Episode 16

A Room in the Basement (10 Apr. 1965)
"Danger Man" A Room in the Basement (original title)

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To save a friend with sensitive information who is being held in the Romanian embassy in Geneva, Drake must break into the embassy, in defiance of the British ambassador, retrieve his friend, and avoid an international incident.

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Susan Turnbull
William Lucas ...
Bernhard
Michael Gwynn ...
Military Attache - Colonel
Mark Dignam ...
British Ambassador
Gerard Heinz ...
Dr. Huber
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Keith Turnbull
Edward Cast ...
Luke
John Welsh ...
British First Secretary Forbes
Jack May ...
Third Secretary
Margo Johns ...
Sister Rousseau
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Annette
John Cater ...
Man Receptionist
Jose Berlinka ...
Servant
Peter Elliott ...
Sergeant
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To save a friend with sensitive information who is being held in the Romanian embassy in Geneva, Drake must break into the embassy, in defiance of the British ambassador, retrieve his friend, and avoid an international incident.

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Action in this episode takes place in Geneva, in and around the British Embassy and the Romanian Embassy; one shot explicitly shows the "British Embassy" plaque. However, embassies are located in capital cities, which for Switzerland would be Berne, and embassy "branches" in other cities, such as Geneva, are known as consulates, which should have been how these locations are referred to in the episode. See more »

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Returning the favor....
16 December 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Although IMDb lists "A Room in the Basement" as the sixteenth episode of "The Secret Agent", it comes second on the DVDs from A&E Video. This could be a mistake by IMDb but I strongly suspect it's because A&E made the mistake. This is because I've watched other series by them and they showed complete indifference about presenting the shows in the proper order!

A friend of John Drake has been kidnapped by Romanian agents and is being held in their embassy in Switzerland. However, the government won't allow Drake to do anything since the guy's in an embassy--but Drake naturally doesn't care! And so, on his own, he sets up an operation where he decides to return the favor and start kidnapping Romanians! What's next? See this excellent episode.

I liked the intrigues in this one as well as the nice Swiss scenery (though the show was filmed in the UK). It was a bit like "The Sting" or "Mission: Impossible"--and a welcome addition to the show. Once again, Drake manages to use his brain instead of a gun to battle the forces of not-niceness. And, in the process, it makes for a dandy and clever episode that's well worth your time.


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