John Brett works for a middle east oil company in Beirut and has been leaking trade secrets to some opposition countries. Drake is sent to find out how and to whom he has been giving it. Drake reluctantly uses local Lebanese security personnel to install bugging devices in his office and follow the trail of the information. When confronted, Brett says he is following orders of British security service. It turns out he was duped by Edwin Archer, an ex-M9 agent who was dismissed from the service. Things come to a head when Drake confronts Archer in his home but, even then, there are more twists and turns to come. Written by
The first episode of DANGER MAN in which the main character, John Drake has been retconned: he no longer works for NATO (instead, he works for British M9), He is no longer American. There are additional changes, amongst those are the episode length is expanded to 1 hour, and, a new theme (High Wire, by Edwin Astley), as well as a new American theme, Secret Agent Man, by Johnny Rivers, which would be inserted after each episode's prologue. See more »
[Drake's in Archer's house -'his plan of getting Archer on British soil, falling apart. Archer's turned the table in Drake; 2 Arab men - 'journalists', as he tells his wife - have begin to torture Drake, just as Mrs Archer, along with Miss Curtis, and Harris, of her theatre group, have entree into a very awkward situation. She pecks Edmund on his cheek, and sees Drake, and rushes across the room to greet him, as well]
Oh, Mr Drake. Well, how are you, Mr Drake?
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As already noted, there are several guest stars appearing in this episode that show up in other Danger Man / Secret Agent shows.
This is one of Actor Howard Marion-Crawford's (Archer) three appearances in the 1 hour Danger Man Series. Worth noting is that every show he's in is an exceptional one. He's a bad guy in each installment, and always convincing. You can see which Danger Man's he appeared here in the IMDb database, but especially noteworthy is 'No Marks for Servility', arguable the best show of the entire run of both the 1960 and 1964 series. If you ever want to turn someone on to Danger Man that's the episode to give them.
The irascible Aubrey Morris did three 1 hour Danger Man's, with this episode being his most understated appearance (he plays Jo Dutton's supervisor at the embassy). To really see this versatile actor shine you must watch him as Tomasio in 'The Paper Chase' and as Fortunato Santos in 'The Affair at Castelevara'. The actor also did one appearance on The Prisoner. Aubrey is one of the few actors who might have stood a chance in the Tuco role in 'The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly' (of course it's nearly impossible to imagine anyone other than Eli Wallach at this point in time).
Also worth noting is the lovely Patricia Driscoll, who also appeared in an earlier ½ hour Danger Man episode titled 'The Conspirators'. Patricia's native beauty really shines in that one.
Finally, homage must be paid to the series creator, the little mentioned Ralph Smart. Danger Man was Ralph's brainchild, and he and McGoohan seemed to have the greatest influence on the production of each show. In this kickoff episode of the 1 hour series Ralph is credited as Executive Producer. I noticed over the course of the series that at some point Ralph's name appears in fewer and fewer episodes, until finally in the late episodes his name is vanquished entirely. That must have been a factor in why the latter shows were so weak.
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