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Claiming he's investigating CIT, Drake refuses to be sent back to London by Howes, whose orders London has temporarily put him under. Howes disbelieves Drake. Soon, Drake is seen taking money from someone and is accused by Howes of having changed allegiance. Drake now tells Howes that he's been told to find a double agent by Sir Grose, who unfortunately can't be found to confirm this; in fact, the owner of the place where Grose is meant to be staying claims she doesn't even know him! Having spoken to Sir Grose in person, Drake is considerably startled by this news and with no support for his story, finds himself forced to play a lone hand to find out what has happened to Sir Grose and who the double agent is. Written by
"What's so particular about me?", he said. "You're beautiful", she said.
Tonight's episode takes place at a Club Med style tropical resort. An aerial shot at the commencement of the episode frames a swimming pool shaped like a foot.
This pool would later be seen in the episode entitled 'The Man With The Foot'. Really? No, not really. But water does play an important role in this installment of Secret Agent... it's a convenient place to put dead bodies.
Peter Yates (director of Steve McQueen in 'Bullitt') returns to direct his third installment of the series. His trademark method of slowly building tension can be felt from beginning to end.
There are several Secret Agent motifs that are well played in this issue; John Drake plays one of his best undercover characters here; a lowlife. He also has an amazing ability to launch people through the air when disposing of them in a fight, and we get a couple of those... always fun to watch.
And there is some great chemistry between Drake and the leading femme fatale; Cleo (as in Cleopatra). The hauntingly beautiful Barbara Steele plays Cleo wonderfully; she doesn't walk... she slinks to her destination. She doesn't exactly dance.. she jiggles around a bit... slowly. She's forward when a woman would normally be coy. She's coy when affirmation is requested. And McGoohan syncs up to her mood very well. There is a covert power struggle between the two. You'll see who wins. And, you'll find out who utters the lines that titles this review.
By the way, another reviewer was commenting that this episode is hard to follow. It took me a couple of viewings to catch on myself. It is a very cohesive production but you have to pay attention to all dialog. I can also give you a tip that would have helped me, if you'll trust me not to give away too much...
You find out almost immediately that this episode is about identifying a double agent. That is Drake's assignment. There are not that many characters playing agents in the locale John is visiting, so just keep your eye on them. One character is seen both with and without spectacles. He looks very different without out glasses, so much so that I thought it was two different characters. That's what threw me off. Hope that helps you enjoy what is a pretty darn good installment of this awesome series.
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