Secret Agent (1964–1967)
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The Affair at Castelevara 

A former republican leader returns to his home country to retire. However, he is arrested by the current president and faces the death sentence, something both the British and Americans do not want to happen. Drake is sent in to stop it.

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Carlos Bisbal
Harold Goldblatt ...
Ramon Torres
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General Ventura
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Sir Duncan (as Andre Morell)
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Van Horn
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Fortunato Santos
Brian Worth ...
El Ferro
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Maite
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Kemp (as Charles Tingwell)
Richard Leech ...
Colonel Montes
David Saire ...
Manuel
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Detective
David Ritch ...
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Prison Guard
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A former republican leader, Ramon Torres, returns to his home country to retire. He is arrested by the current leader and faces a death sentence for having ordered the murder of some hostages during the civil war at Castelevara. The British and Americans do not want this to happen and Drake must work with an American agent to free Torres using any method except violence. When Drake investigates, he finds there is film which shows the current president actually ordered the murder. However, it appears both sides of the conflict do not want the film shown, but for very different reasons. Written by jem

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7 August 1965 (USA)  »

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In the lobby of the cinema where John Drake meets Carlos Brisbal, one of the posters is a portrait of actor John Fraser, who guest-starred in the previous Secret Agent: Don't Nail Him Yet (1964). See more »

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It's Spain, folks....
31 December 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Like most episodes of "Secret Agent", "The Affair at Castelevara" is set in some fictional country. And, like many of these shows, the fictional nation is a thinly veiled version of a real country. In this case, it's clearly set in Spain. The police wear hats just like Spanish police and the political climate is that of the Franco-era Spain.

The show begins with the ex-leader of a group of revolutionaries, Ramon Torres, returning to his native land to live out his final years (this is pretty stupid if you think about it). He soon is arrested and the government plans on executing him for various atrocities. The British and Americans want Torres rescued--and, oddly, so does apparently everyone except for the government. Along the way, there are lots of government agents, spies and some smuggled film. One of the government agents is a bit of a buffoon who, oddly, Drake seems to like and he rescues the guy!

At about 35 minutes into the show, Drake is fighting with folks in a movie theater. However, I was very surprised that the use of a stunt double was done so horribly here. Usually the show does this rather seamlessly. Here, however, when 'Drake' is up on stage, it's clearly--VERY CLEARLY--not him! Watch it yourself. This, combined with the talky nature of the episode, make for an adequate episode at best. Not bad...nor all that good.


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