Danger Man

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  • TV-PG
  • 1960
  • 4 Seasons
  • 7.9  (1,359)

Danger Man is a British television series that was first broadcast on ITV from 1960 to 1962, and starring Patrick McGoohan in the lead role. The show's original name was Secret Agent, but it was later changed to Danger Man for the second season. The series revolves around the character of John Drake, a secret agent employed by the British Government to undertake a variety of dangerous missions. Drake is suave, sophisticated and possesses remarkable skills in combat, espionage, and problem-solving. He's a man of few words, and often operates alone or with a small, handpicked team.

Set during the height of the Cold War, the series depicts a world where espionage and intrigue reign supreme. Drake travels the world and interacts with a diverse array of people from different cultures and backgrounds, and his skills as a spy and his art of deduction come in handy as he navigates through various deceptions, lies, and plots.

Each episode features Drake being tasked with a specific mission that generally involves espionage, sabotage, or uncovering criminal activities. He must navigate through a labyrinth of danger, deception, and intrigue to achieve his objectives, all while staying one step ahead of the enemy.

Danger Man stands out as one of the early examples of a spy thriller on television. The series broke new ground in terms of its production values, writing, and pacing. The show used minimal dialogue, preferring instead to rely on tension, suspense, and action to draw in audiences.

Patrick McGoohan's portrayal of John Drake is iconic. He's unflappable, skilled, and always in control, making him the quintessential British spy. McGoohan's performance is typically understated, but it's his physicality and on-screen presence that make Drake an incredibly engaging and memorable character.

The series also features a memorable theme tune written by Edwin Astley, which has become synonymous with the show's high-stakes action and drama. Astley's music is an essential part of the show's appeal, accentuating the intensity of the action and drama.

The first season of Danger Man consists entirely of half-hour episodes and is characterized by its low budget and limited scope. However, the second season saw the show expanded to an hour-long format and had a correspondingly increased budget. This allowed the show's producers to create a series of larger-than-life adventures, taking Drake to even more exotic locations and pitting him against deadlier foes.

While Danger Man was a popular show during its initial run, it's perhaps best-known for its influence on other spy thrillers that would follow, most notably James Bond. The show's sophisticated and suave protagonist, exotic locations, and exciting action scenes were a massive influence on the early Bond films and set the template for the spy genre for decades to come.

In conclusion, Danger Man is a must-see for anyone interested in spy thrillers or classic television. The show's influence is still felt today, and Patrick McGoohan's portrayal of John Drake remains a classic performance. Even over 50 years after its initial release, the series remains entertaining and thrilling, and well worth checking out for fans of the genre.

Danger Man is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (82 episodes). The series first aired on September 11, 1960.

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2. Shinda Shima
January 12, 1968
Shinda Shima - the murdered island. This is the beautiful but menacing isle on which John Drake (PATRICK McGOOHAN) finds himself when netting out to discover who is behind a murder-brotherhood which has been revived in Japan. He takes over the identity of a defecting British Security electronics expert, a man from the Most Secret Communications Operations department who has suddenly resigned and has been detained when flying to Tokyo with the vital components of the newest telecrypton decoder. By following this man's contacts, Drake arrives at Shinda Shima. People are scared to go near it these days. Once, it was a thriving pearl-diving community, but a community which had never felt secure because of a legend that the marine gods are jealous of the riches in the sea. One day, the heads of three families would die mysteriously; and die they did. Everyone else moved to the mainland.
1. Koroshi
January 5, 1968
A Japanese girl, Ako Nakaruina (YOKO TANI), meets sudden death as she is transmitting a message from Tokyo warning that a United Nations' leading mediator will be assassinated within hours of his arrival in New York. It will be the first of a series of killings planned by an organisation centred in Tokyo. John Drake (PATRICK McGOOHAN) is the M,9 agent assigned to the case. He arrives in Tokyo, ostensibly as a radio reporter, and discovers how the girl died, He also discovers the meaning of a medallion which she had with her: the emblem of an ancient murder-brotherhood which believed in the poetry of death. They were artists in assassination, and now the brotherhood has been revived. Ako Nakamura, an agent working for the British, was on to them.
Where to Watch Danger Man
Danger Man is available for streaming on the ITV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Danger Man on demand at Amazon and The Roku Channel Free.
  • Premiere Date
    September 11, 1960
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (1,359)