For Your Eyes Only...

Razer g2s at
Thu May 25 11:16:08 PDT 2017

On 05/25/2017 10:29 AM, Steve Kinney wrote:
> On 05/25/2017 10:30 AM, Razer wrote:
>> On 05/24/2017 07:33 PM, Cecilia Tanaka wrote:
>>> I wanted all the James Bond's weapons, amazing equipments, and fabulous cars,
>> None of them existed in Fleming's books. Thanks for making my point.
> On screen, John Drake, played by Patrick McGoohan, was the guy: 

"Secret Agent" was good. As realistic as TV was ever going to be about
the topic

Then McGoohan turned on them.


>  His
> doings were much more realistic than Bond's, with assignments including
> counter-espionage, political interventions in post-colonial nations, and
> some missions bordering on international law enforcement.  He battled no
> super-villains, seduced no glamorous women, and always preferred
> strategic deception to ultra-violence:  "I never carry a gun.  They're
> noisy and they hurt people.  Besides, I do very well without."
> The fanciest gadgets Drake had were micro-miniature tap recorders and
> cameras, and variously camouflaged dart guns for delivering microphones
> to hard to reach locations.
> Danger Man producer Ralph Smart and the writing staff did their homework
> and kept the stories as realistic as a 1960 action/adventure TV show
> could be.  So did Patrick McGoohan, who turned down the role of James
> Bond when approached by Eon Productions.  That was Sean Connery's big break.
> During the production of Danger Man (released as Secret Agent in the
> U.S.), McGoohan demanded and got significant creative control, insisting
> on the "no gun" thing, the "no sex" thing, and that fight scenes be
> (relatively) realistic and "always different."
> Today the John Drake is better known as Number Six.  For licensing
> reasons, McGoohan & co. insisted that the prisoner in The Prisoner was
> not Drake.  But in the series finale, Number Two calls him John - just
> once, and it's easy to miss.
> There's a moral to the Danger Man / Prisoner story:  Study espionage
> long enough and you will conclude that there is nothing admirable or
> romantic about it:  It's a thoroughly vicious trade that eats its own
> best people alive.  At least that's my take-away from the Danger Man /
> Prisoner story arc.  McGoohan isn't around to ask, and probably wouldn't
> give a straight answer if he was.  He was always very forthcoming about
> technical aspects of the production, fun and games with cast members,
> etc., but pointedly evaded the question of what The Prisoner was all
> about.
> "Questions are a burden to others, answers a prison for oneself."
> :o)

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