Danger Man – Time to Kill

by Alan Rapp on August 3, 2017

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Danger Man – Time to Kill
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Danger Man - Time to Kill television review

Our Throwback Thursday post takes us back to the good old days of black-and-white Cold War spycraft. John Drake‘s (Patrick McGoohan) latest assignment sends him from Paris into Austria to bring in international assassin Hans Vogeler (Derren Nesbitt). The carefully-laid plans are destroyed by the unexpected interference of a Swiss schoolteacher on holiday. Cuffed to Lisa Orin (Sarah Lawson), Drake makes the best of his situation (and the woman’s bad timing) to complete his mission and get out of Austria in one piece.

“Time to Kill” has some nice visuals including hiding the pieces of Drake’s makeshift rifle inside various parts of his automobile that has to make it through multiple checkpoints before it can be assembled. More real-world ingenuity than Bond gadgetry, the rifle fails not for the design or any lack of Drake’s proficiency with it but because of Orin’s interference. The episode also features a nice twist at the end by refusing to have one. Orin’s bad timing ultimately saves the spy and it turns out she is exactly who she appears to be – a schoolteacher in the wrong place at the wrong time (and not a competing spy, as I was expecting).

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