Julian Amyes – Danger Man [Season 1] (1960)

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Before The Avengers and the James Bond films, the pioneering 1960 British series Danger Man helped to usher in spy-mania in Great Britain. Patrick McGoohan stars as Drake, John Drake, an agent of NATOs secret service branch. A messy job, he informs us, Thats when they usually call on me. Most Americans only know Drake as the Secret Agent Man, the title of the hour-long series that debuted on these shores in 1964. This half-hour series never aired in the United States, making this five-disc set, containing all 39 first season episodes, essential for Brit-TV aficionados, not to mention that branch of Prisoner devotees who insist that the kidnapped No. 6 is actually Drake himself. Like 007, the dapper and unflappable Drake possesses a keen wit and animal sense of danger, and his assignments take him all over the world, from Rome and Paris to the Arabian desert. But Drake is old school. He very rarely uses a gun. He is not a womanizer. He does not possess an arsenal of cool gadgets. His missions are more gritty and realistic classic cloak and dagger stuff. He foils not megalomaniacs trying to take over the world, but a rogues gallery of embezzlers, assassins, slave traders, traitors, and the like. Also fun for Anglophiles are early glimpses of favorite British character actors, including Miss Moneypenny herself, Lois Maxwell Positions of Trust a pre-Avengers Galore Honor Blackman Colonel Rodriguez, Judy Carne, Laugh-Ins Sock-It-to-Me girl Hired Assassin Charles Gray from the Bond films You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever The Key and Jean Marsh of Upstairs, Downstairs fame Name, Date and Place. The jazzy score is also killer. Continue reading Julian Amyes – Danger Man [Season 1] (1960)