Secret Agent (1964–1967)
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The Battle of the Cameras 

A woman disguised as a clumsy tea lady steals some secret papers, which are sold to the highest bidder by a Mr Kent. M9 sends Drake to investigate a number of similar thefts by befriending the woman and infiltrating the organisation.



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Episode complete credited cast:
John Drake
A.J.A. Kent
Frederick Bartman ...
Alan Genicot
Admiral Hobbs
Jose Berlinka ...
Gilbert France ...
Senior Executive
Henry De Bray ...
Chief Chemist
Hugo De Vernier ...
Night Manager


A woman disguised as a tea lady, steals some secret documents, which are being sold to the highest bidder by her employer - Mr Kent. M9 sends Drake to investigate a number of similar thefts by infiltrating the organisation. By posing as a rich playboy, gambling heavily, and befriending the woman in a casino, Drake's soon invited to meet the reclusive Mr. Kent. Written by U.N. Owen

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Release Date:

3 April 1965 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Martine (Dawn Addams) goes to Simons' (Drake's), they toast ((Drake saying); 'eat, drink, and be merry...' (Martine finishing) '...for tomorrow we shall die.' This is a conflation - a combination of 2 - biblical sayings, those being; Ecclesiastes 8:15; 'then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry' Isaiah 22:13; 'let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die.' See more »

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Is this the first or eighth episode?
16 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

Although IMDb lists "The Battle of the Cameras" as the eighth episode of "The Secret Agent", it comes first 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!

When some secret documents are stolen, it fits a pattern that might indicate that some sort of organization is behind it. John Drake's investigations lead to a Mr. Kent--the head of this group who steals secrets and sells them to the highest bidder. However, to learn more about them, Drake needs to investigate infiltrating the gang and posing as a talented guy who is willing to join them.

This is a very good episode and demonstrates how "Secret Agent" was better than the earlier series "Danger Man". This is because the earlier series about John Drake was only 1/2 hour long and stories felt rushed. This one, in contrast, works very well with the longer format--providing some nice thrills and plot twists. My only complaint is about Kent--his costume is a bit silly and was apparently copied by "Star Trek" in "The Conscience of a King"!

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