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Secret Agent 

Danger Man (original title)
John Drake is a special operative for M9, specializing in security assignments against any subversive element which threatened world peace.
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3   2   1   Unknown  
1967   1966   1965  
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Patrick McGoohan ...  John Drake 48 episodes, 1964-1967
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Coming at approximately the same time as James Bond, ITC's Danger Man (known as Secret Agent in the states) is the complete antithesis, with the calm, icy-cool demeanour of British M9 agent, John Drake (Patrick McGoohan). Whereas Bond's all flash, Drake (who never carries a gun, he felt them to be "noisy, and they can hurt someone") used his brain, instead, and is very adept at defending himself with his hands, as well. He also eschewed having the "babe of the week", or even having Drake involved with a woman. The show (which had initially been a half-hour series, also under the Danger Man (1960) title, and character name, but was brought back slightly "retconned" and became a series with hour-long episodes) became an world-wide hit, and helped propel series' lead, Patrick McGoohan to international fame (in fact, Mr. McGoohan was twice offered the role of James Bond, and twice refused. The first time, he declined, but recommended a friend of his; Sean Connery). Unlike many other spy ...

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Patrick McGoohan stated that before he began work on the one hour episodes, he needed to get himself back into physical shape in preparation for the action scenes. See more »

Crazy Credits

The first episode broadcast in the United States ("Battle of the Cameras") actually features two opening credit sequences. The first is a brief, 10-second introduction featuring a few bars of "Secret Agent Man" and a credit for Patrick McGoohan (running roughly the same length as the original UK credits). This is followed by the teaser, and then the regular credits. In all future US broadcasts, the pre-teaser credit sequence was dropped. See more »

Alternate Versions

The series was originally broadcast in the UK and Canada as "Danger Man." For American broadcast, new opening credits and a new them song - the hit "Secret Agent Man" by Johnny Rivers - was added. The original theme was "High Wire," a piece of music that can be heard following the opening credits in most episodes. See more »

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Absolutely Brilliant!
18 September 2004 | by malcaSee all my reviews

'Secret Agent' was the series that preceded Patrick McGoohan's 'The Prisoner'. Having seen 'Secret Agent' for the first time makes you understand 'The Prisoner' much more. The agent that resigned in 'The Prisoner' is probably John Drake of 'Secret Agent'. It was a brilliant espionage TV series with many ideas that were later seen in the 'James Bond' movies and 'Mission Impossible'. It was brilliantly written and played and although most of the episodes are in black and white, it doesn't make much difference as long as it is so fascinating and reliable. It really stands the test of time. Every episode is different than the other but they all involve spy games. The quality of the series exceeds anything we see today. So Patrick, why did you resign?


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1965 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(47 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Black and White (seasons 1-3)| Color (season 4)

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1.33 : 1
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