April 3, 1965 – January 12, 1968
(47) one hour episodes (4 seasons)
in B&W in seasons 1-3 and color for season 4 on CBS
Created by: Ralph Smart
Produced by: Incorporated Television Company and Ralph Smart
- Patrick McGoohan … John Drake
- Peter Madden … Hobbs
- Earl Cameron … Chand
“Secret Agent Man” (originally “Danger Man” composed by Edwin Astley)
composed by Phil Sloan and Steve Barri
performed by Johnny Rivers
There’s a man who leads a life of danger
To everyone he meets he stays a stranger
With every move he makes,
Another chance he takes
Odds are he won’t live to see tomorrow
Secret Agent Man
Secret Agent Man
They’ve given you a number
And taken away your name
This is a little confusing but I’ll try to keep it brief.
Danger Man was a 1/2 hour U.K. production which ran from 1960 through 1962. It starred Patrick McGoohan as agent John Drake who worked for a secret American intelligence agency. The show didn’t fare well and was canceled in Britain.
Fast forward to 1964 a couple of James Bond movies have had great box office success so the producers decide to try their luck with the show in the States. The show still stars McGoohan as John Drake but now that it’s an American series he has switched employeers and works for the fictitious British Government agency MI-9. It’s lengthened to one hour and even the theme song is re-written to “Secret Agent Man”.
The new show manages to catch the wave of spy-fi series that are popping up, including The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and the Avengers. Very much like the John Steed character from the Avengers John Drake didn’t carry a gun and always preferred charm and cunning over violence to undo the bad guys. It was Patrick McGoohan that insisted on keeping the show friendly enough to attract a family audience.
Video Clip of Secret Agent
(actually a Danger man clip)
Patrick McGoohan passed away in 2009 of natural causes, he was 80
Patrick McGoohan went on to produce and co-write a series called “The Prisoner”.
Only seventeen episodes were produced but the show has one of the most devoted cult followings of any show ever made.