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Danger Man - The Complete First Season
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- Includes all 39 half-hour episodes of the first season on five DVDs
- Patrick McGoohan biography and filmography
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But what I think may be of most interest for fans of this series is Patrick MacGoohan. There is no question what an exceptional actor he is and that would be reason enough to buy this set. However, the John Drake of this show is slightly different than the one in the hour long programs. To me, he seems almost optimistic. I realize this is an odd word to use when referring to this series, but the impression is given that Drake really believes in his missions and that he is on the side of right. In the hour long show, Drake comes off more world weary, more cynical and a bit disillusioned. By the time he becomes The Prisoner (and we know it is him-who else could it be?) his faith in the morality of the political system has collasped completely.Read more ›
For those of you unfamiliar with The Prisoner, I have to ask you to please ignore the way in which A&E are marketing this series. It's ludicrous. They seem to think putting "the spy who rarely carries a gun and isn't swayed by loose women" on the box is going to sell it. (Insert snore here....) Also, if you're looking at the package thinking "No sex, no guns... it must be good for the kids" you have to remember that everybody smoked and drank on these shows, and Drake is no exception. If that doesn't bother you, then it will be okay for the kids. The formula established here which combines the spy who relies heavily on acting skill with a series of exotic locations is still being used on Alias. Also, being filmed in black and white actually makes it feel less dated than shows like the Saint and the Avengers which overdid the color and "mod" style.
Drake specializes in infiltrating bad guy inner circles and rescuing other spies, not gathering information or stealing blueprints, so you get a mix of gritty spy work with a mystery or P.I. flair. He often ignores the plans of his superiors and redesigns his missions. He also makes fun of unneccessary procedures thought up by other departments. (My coworkers are now using the Drakeism "Coffee and eggs for two." to describe procedures like this.Read more ›
McGoohan's conception of a master spy is admirable. He is completely self-possessed and reveals no weaknesses. Unlike the characters of the eternally adolescent Bond films, John Drake is no sexual predator or sap who can't keep his pants up. He is always a gentleman and immune to feminine seduction or waterworks. He is noble but no patsy. Drake is intelligent, and perceptive. To accomplish his missions, he would rather fool, trick, or deceive his enemies. He does not like violence, and avoids the rough stuff if possible, but when it is the last resort he can mix it up with the best.
When one considers that Danger Man precedes Goldfinger by five years, it is amazing how much style and pacing of the later Bond films seems influenced by Danger Man. The opening line of each episode (credits) "...Oh, and my name's Drake, John Drake."
One of the outstanding things about Patrick McGoohan's career is his choosing consistently high quality projects. Most of his projects are classics from Danger Man, Dr. Syn, the Prisoner, many BBC productions, and his brilliant Edward I in Braveheart. This is a long awaited treat. Don't miss it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent first series. Just as great as the subsequent second, third and fourth series of Danger Man.Published 9 months ago by Felicity Berry
Got this before Christmas for me and my husband as an early Christmas gift to ourselves. We already have the rest of the set Secret Agent Man shows and The Prisoner shows so wanted... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Chanindra
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,... Read morePublished on July 9, 2014 by Everyone's_a_critic
this is a really interesting show and Patrick MacGoohan is excellent in the title role. The stories are very literate, but marred by what for me is a disturbing amount of cigarette... Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by Monte Gilliam
There's a man who leads a life of danger.
To everyone he meets he stays a stranger.
With every move he makes, another chance he takes. Read more
Excellent television. Well made, well written. Pre-dating the Bond films with a hint of all that to come (and many of the cast and crew were to feature there. Read morePublished on August 17, 2011 by Winston's Myth
I used to watch this series weekdays afternoon when at home, skipping classes at high school. Since then, I've seen "Secret Agent," its hour-long successor. Read morePublished on May 10, 2011 by David Mills