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Secret Agent AKA Danger Man: The Complete Collection (2010)

Patrick McGoohan , Richard Wattis , Don Chaffey  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patrick McGoohan, Richard Wattis, Lionel Murton, Peter Madden
  • Directors: Don Chaffey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 18
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2010
  • Run Time: 3420 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003JQZY8A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,908 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Patrick McGoohan Biography/Filmography
Complete Full-Length Original U.S. Opening Featuring Secret Agent Man Sung by Johnny Rivers
Photo Gallery

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Product Description

It was 1965 when American audiences first welcomed handsome secret agent John Drake (Patrick McGoohan of The Prisoner) into their homes as CBS ran the unique spy series known as Secret Agent. Wielding brains and a moral outlook instead of weapons, Drake traveled to the corners of the globe on the trail of international criminals, corrupt politicians, and stolen secrets.

Now, all 86 episodes from John Drake s entire crime-solving career are available together on DVD. Each episode of this exciting spy thriller is presented in the original broadcast order, from the original season that aired only in the U.K. as Danger Man to the 47 episodes of Secret Agent that were seen internationally, including the two color episodes that provided a vivid finale to the long-running suspense thriller.

Special Features

  • Patrick McGoohan Biography/Filmography
  • Complete Full-Length Original U.S. Opening Featuring Secret Agent Man Sung by Johnny Rivers
  • Photo Galleries

Customer Reviews

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150 of 156 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ubiquitous Mr Drake. June 19, 2010
One year before The Avengers started avenging, and two years before Bond started claiming his extravagant living expenses, there was Danger Man.
All the usual ITC hallmarks are here, good actors, beautiful actresses and fast paced storylines.
This is the most real interpretation of spying on TV before Callan, Drake has some fancy gadgets, but nothing in the unbelievable Bond league.
Plus, the added bonus of McGoohan's smouldering personality.

Series one introduction:- "Every government has its secret service branch. America, CIA; France, Deuxième Bureau; England, MI5. NATO also has its own. A messy job? Well that's when they usually call on me or someone like me.
Oh yes, my name is Drake, John Drake".

Watch "View From the Villa" and see Portmeirion being used for the first time.
(The 30 minute series.)

Watch "Colony 3" and see where McGoohan started to formulate the idea of The Prisoner.
(The 50 minute series.)

The last two episodes made "Koroshi" and "Shinda Shima" were filmed in colour.
Drakes contact in,"Koroshi" called Potter reappears in The Prisoners,"The Girl who was Death" episode.
The actor who plays the bowler in the cricket match in the same episode was called John Drake I wonder if this was an example of Mr McGoohan's humour?

I can't help noticing the US theme music "Secret Agent Man" has aged worse then Edwin Astley's UK instrumental theme.

My favourite episode is the atypical episode "The Ubiquitous Mr Lovegrove", most bizarre, and refreshingly different. I think it must have influenced the writers of the Prisoner episodes "A, B & C" and "Living in Harmony".
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Parallel Lines Sometimes Meet - Best TV Spy Show Ever September 9, 2007
Danger Man is a compelling, interesting and complex spy show that consciously strives for realism at every possible level. Varied locals, dangerous opposition and a dynamic lead all combine to create a show where, as one of the episode titles claims, "Parallel Lines Sometimes Meet."

This comprehensive set contains all four seasons of the show Danger Man; the first season of half-hour shows and the second, third and fourth seasons of the hour-long shows. (The fourth season consists of only two episodes, both filmed in color)

The main character in the show is a man named Drake, John Drake. In the first season (half-hour episodes) he is an Irish American agent employed by NATO to tackle their `messy jobs.' In the later seasons (hour-long episodes) he has lost his slightly American accent and now works for the British Government in Special Branch, M9 specifically. Though John Drake's character remains intact through changes between the first and later seasons, there is obvious character development that takes place over the first to second season hiatus.

John Drake, as he appears in the first season of half-hour episodes, is a young, cool, efficient agent. He is bold, quick thinking and moves fast--he has to. The time constraints of the show limit any excess time or trouble. The shows are fairly uncomplicated, but for the most part quite interesting. Drake is very involved in the repercussions of his work and regularly confronts his superiors with the possible consequences of his orders. Drake has a much more personal voice in these episodes, as occasional voice-overs allow us to get inside his head and understand what he is seeing.
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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Secret Agent (Man) They're Giving You a Number! October 2, 2010
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Growing up I always liked to watch Secret Agent (Man). We always added the word "Man" to the title because of the song "Secret Agent Man" (they're giving you a number and taking away your name).
What I like about the program, after years of reflecting on it, but didn't realize as a child, was the moral outlook of John Drake. He differed from James Bond. He was bold, brave, and acted on the situation, but he had morals. You could see that he was not the amoral, uncaring secret agent. He struggled to do the right thing. Many times he uses brain over the gun. He was a good role model to follow. Many times when his superiors said the person was not the primary concern of the mission but national security was, John Drake differed and made the person involved the primary concern. Nor was he seduced by a beautiful woman. He was romantic, but always kept clear of sexual liasons. He proved you could be a dynamic, caring, and loyal person without ending up in bed with the enemy.
I never saw "Danger Man" as a child, that I can remember, so this collection with the "Danger Man" part of John Drakes life is great. It is like getting new episodes.

Patrick McGoohan probably was the only one who could portray John Drake, given his moral upbringing and his strict contract signing conditions for this series. In McGoohan eyes, John Drake had to be a very moral man. He turned down the role of James Bond and similar characters because of the moral issues. Here he shows the morality of John Drake. McGoohan shows this aspect in the opening of the sequel to "Secret Agent", "The Prisoner." The opening of "The Prisoner" shows a secret agent quiting because of the moral ramifications of the job. His bosses don't understand this aspect and try to find out why he defected.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 9 days ago by Dean Meyers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another very unique British TV series I am watching it know.
Published 16 days ago by jimwashburn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Top spy series of the 60s, and great intro to The Prisoner.
Published 1 month ago by Omniversica
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful series, great seller, product exactly as described.
Published 1 month ago by Kurt Shoemaker
5.0 out of 5 stars Danger Man vs I Spy
If you've never watched the "Spy TV" of the 60s you are in for a treat. Two of the more serious endeavors in the television realm was the American based 'I Spy' series, starring... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Everyone's_a_critic
5.0 out of 5 stars Including the first season really places this series in context
Including the rarely-shown first season, in which Drake is an American NATO intelligence operative with a mid-Atlantic accent, really places the later retroing of the character as... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Retired
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection!
Most people compare this to the James Bond series, and that's unfair. John Drake didn't need contraptions and an entourage...he had his wits. Stylish Cold War era spy show.
Published 4 months ago by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars the British Peter Gunn
Patrick is one of the best actors to do British detective shows in my opinion and he just shines in this series, he reminds me of Peter Gunn in a few ways, mostly his personality... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the wrong word slip....
I was hooked on Secret Agent Man as a kid...and delighted to find this complete set. Now I can enjoy watching the action.. Read more
Published 6 months ago by marshakar
5.0 out of 5 stars Burn notice prequel
If you like Smiley's people, this goes as a side view along with La Scorta and Z and Ronin and more.
Published 6 months ago by george costa
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