Danger Man

Danger Man – Find and Destroy

by Alan Rapp on June 23, 2020

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  • Title: Danger Man – Find and Destroy
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Danger Man - Find and Destroy television review

Throwback Tuesday takes us back into the Cold War spycraft of Danger Man. Trouble finds John Drake (Patrick McGoohan), even on holiday. Narrowly escaping being sent to Korea before setting off on his first vacation in years, Drake makes it to Rio only to be dragged into a local matter involving a top-secret British submarine that has crashed on the coast. Sent in without back-up, Drake’s mission is simple: find and destroy. The situation is complicated when a local family alerts other interested parties to the sub’s location, leading Drake to improvise and buy just enough time to destroy the secret technology using unreliable explosives before it can fall into enemy hands. The episode is bookended in a pair of humorous scenes that show even a patriot like Drake knows how to play the game in order to get a well-deserved vacation (or lengthen his stay in Rio a little longer).

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  • Title: Danger Man – The Deputy Coyannis Story
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Danger Man - The Deputy Coyannis Story television review

Throwback Tuesday takes us back into the Cold War spycraft of Danger Man. John Drake (Patrick McGoohan) is sent to the Balkans to investigate murder and the surrounding rumors of misappropriation of IMF funds. “The Deputy Coyannis Story” offers a complicated tale with several twist and turns as Drake struggles to figure out who he can trust. While the populist leader (John Phillips) suggests proof of the Minister (Charles Gray) misappropriating IMF funds led directly to his son’s (Stuart Hutchison) murder, the Minister paints a far different picture of the country’s peasants being against change and refusing the help offered through them in the forms of modern farming equipment and supplies.

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Danger Man – Hired Assassin

by Alan Rapp on May 21, 2020

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Danger Man - Hired Assassin television review

Throwback Thursday takes us back into the Cold War spycraft of Danger Man. John Drake (Patrick McGoohan) goes undercover in South America an assassin in order to prevent an assassination by revolutionaries in “Hired Assassin.” Opening with Drake already in the role, running from local police (who are helping sell his cover) offers a nice change of pace to start the episode. The target of the deception is a nightclub singer (Judy Carne) who decides to help hide Drake once she learns he is an assassin for hire. A few introductions later, and Drake is working to kill the president. Actually, by coming up with an over-complicated plan that sounds foolproof involving digging a tunnel under the route of the car and using explosives, Drake narrows the revolutionaries chances to kill their target to a single opportunity which he is able to foil. By the time the revolutionaries discover Drake is working against them, their fate is sealed.

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Danger Man – The Actor

by Alan Rapp on March 26, 2020

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  • Title: Danger Man – The Actor
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Danger Man - The Actor television review

Throwback Thursday takes us back into the Cold War spycraft of Danger Man. When officials suspect a radio program in Hong Kong is somehow providing sensitive information to the Chinese, John Drake (Patrick McGoohan) is sent undercover as an out-of-work actor. After staging a skirmish and ingratiating himself to one of the actors (Gary Cockrell) on the radio program, Drake goes to work both looking for a spy and struggling with how the information is being transmitted under everyone’s nose. With limited time, Drake has to both discover who involved in the show is passing the information, and how they are doing it, and then break the code. Given the limited time the episode has to play out the story, Drake making it on to the show and deciphering the code (after a montage suggesting a long struggle) both turn out to be far easier than one would suspect. Eventually the spy finds what he’s looking for and manages to hide his own message in the radio program’s script.

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Danger Man – The Trap

by Alan Rapp on February 25, 2020

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Danger Man - The Trap television review

Throwback Tuesday takes us back into the Cold War spycraft of Danger Man. When Beth Warren (Jeanne Moody), an American cipher working in the London Embassy, leaves the country against protocol and without any notification other than a quickly scribbled not to her roommate, John Drake (Patrick McGoohan) is sent to Venice to investigate whether the woman has been compromised. What he finds is Beth looking after her fiance (Noel Trevarthen) and his mother (Marie Burke) who are mourning a recent tragedy in the family. Although the trap takes some time before it is sprung, far east of Venice where Beth travels with her fiance to recover his brother’s body, Drake’s suspicions prove to be well-founded as he barely manages to save both his life and that of the cipher before she is lost behind the Iron Curtain.

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