Stateside, this wildly popular series from the '60s was called "Secret Agent Man", which was also the name of its catchy theme song. Whatever his title, John Drake was the guy to go to when governments worldwide sought help in cracking complex cases. His employer was NATO's Secret Service branch, and his modus operandi was strictly solo. "Danger Man" eventually evolved into "The Prisoner", so it's not surprising that the lead character was played by none other than Patrick McGoohan. VHS: 3 episodes at 2 hours 36 min. on 3 cassettes. DVD: 6 episodes at 5 hours 12 min. on 2 DVDs.
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Before he was the title character in The Prisoner, Patrick McGoohan was the suave, smooth British intelligence agent John Drake in Danger Man (Secret Agent in the U.S.), Britain's cool and clever cold war espionage series. The eight episodes on Set 2 dabble in darker themes than the shows in the more playful Set 1: the coercion of a defector to return ("The Professionals"), the destabilization of a Latin American government ("Whatever Happened to George Foster"), and a conspiracy surrounding an attempted coup on the eve of elections in an African nation ("The Galloping Major"). For Prisoner fans, however, the highlight is easily "The Colony." This spy school behind the Iron Curtain has a twist: it's an exact replica of a British town with captive citizens. In this episode you can see the inspiration for "Your Village" (as well as an unusually ambivalent conclusion). The spy game is no longer lighthearted gentleman's sport. Also features the episodes "A Date With Doris," "The Mirror's New," "It's Up to the Lady," and "The Colonel's Daughter."
The uncut episodes feature the complete British versions, with the Danger Man title and bouncy spinet theme song. But if you miss the Johnny Rivers theme song from the American version of the show, just click to the supplements and you can enjoy the U.S. credits as well as a still gallery and a biography and filmography of star Patrick McGoohan. --Sean Axmaker
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