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Danger Man : AKA Serect Agent

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by DavidEC, Sep 25, 2001.

  1. DavidEC

    DavidEC Stunt Coordinator

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    If you are a fan of the TV show 'The Prisoner' I highly suggest that you check out the A&E release of the show "DANGER MAN", which shows our 'NUMBER 6' as spy John Drake. The set has the first six hour long shows.
    I picked up 'SET 1' from DeepDiscountDVD.com for less than $20. http://www.deepdiscountdvd.com/dvd.cfm?itemID=ANE070317
    The black and white images are very sharp and the audio is clean. When you take into account the 35+ years old age of the source and most likely was not even thought of storing for this long.
    Of the four shows that I have watched on the two DVD's only one time did the image seem not to match the audio and I feel that the original source must of skipped.
    I do hope that A&E releases at least the show from the "Danger Man" series called the 'Prison'(I think that was the name) where John was sent in to British Spy from a city of retired spys... which you could say was an early version of the 'VILLAGE' later used in the 'PRISONER' series.
    --David
     
  2. AdrianJ

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    After being disappointed with the way they handle the Prisoner series, I'll wait until the Danger Man Megaset is available. I was collecting the Prisoner sets at $19.18 a piece and then the Megaset comes along afterwards and it is $85. I know it's only $10, but it's annoying. The SRP difference is almost $50!
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    It'll take 8 sets to collect the 1-hour shows, then 3 or 4 more sets if they decide to go back in time 4 years and collect the half-hour shows.
    I can't wait that long!
    [Edited last by Michael St. Clair on September 25, 2001 at 03:36 PM]
     
  4. Peter M Fitzgerald

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    David,
    That proto-PRISONER episode of DANGER MAN was actually entitled "Colony 3".
    I'm glad that DANGER MAN is becoming available on Region 1 DVD, but I'm also waiting for the inevitable mega-set, after buying THE AVENGERS, MONTY PYTHON, and the first batch of THUNDERBIRDS in the 2-disc set installments, since there's such a difference in pricing. That, and the audio problem in Set 2, was what convinced me to wait for the complete PRISONER set.
     
  5. David Lambert

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  6. DavidEC

    DavidEC Stunt Coordinator

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    ".... If you mean that John Drake *was* the same character as Number 6, you're incorrect. ...."
    Well I was not really meaning that... but even if everybody say that the two were not the same.. it sure does look that way to this American viewer.. [​IMG]
    Also thanks for the corrected episode name.
    Also if everybody waits for the "MEGA SET" then you might not ever see such a set with out the supporting sales of the smaller packages..
    --David
     
  7. Martin Rendall

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    I got mine. I hope they keep going.
    Martin.
     
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    As I'm from the UK, I grew up with this show as Danger Man. Does the A&E release use the Secret Agent titles, which I have never seen?
    I would much prefer the original titles, myself.
    Bleddyn
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  9. Ken Stuart

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    The show should be released in Region 1 with the title that it had when it aired in Region 1.
    If you saw the show in Region 2 (UK) then you should buy the Region 2 DVDs if you must have them just as you saw them.
    But, if you moved to the USA, then changed names for things are just part of the adaptation.
    E.G. I imagine you no longer say that you put on a rubber when it rains. [​IMG]
     
  10. DavidEC

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    ".... Does the A&E release use the Secret Agent titles, which I have never seen? ...."
    The DVD uses the original titles, but has a "MUSIC VIDEO" (for lack of a better way to state it) of the US opening credits, with title song 'Secret Agent Man'
    --David
     
  11. Mark Zimmer

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    You don't really believe Macgoohan when he says that, do you? I mean, Number Six's name is John....not likely to be a coincidence, is it? Seems obvious to me. [​IMG]
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  12. David Lambert

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  13. Mark_TS

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    hmmmm....I thought I read on a site (SIX OF ONE?) that it was to be more or less *inferred* that #6 was simply a continuation of the JOHN DRAKE character.....
    ...as many know, to capitalise on the 007 craze at the time, CBS had the shows title DANGER MAN changed to SECRET AGENT-just so Jonny Rivers could use his song of the same title as an opener! ;-)
    ...Im glad they didnt change THE PRISONER to: 'SECRET AGENT MAN BEING CHASED BY BIG WHITE BALLOONS' or maybe:
    'JOHN DRAKE IN PEPPERLAND' etc...
    quote: "I imagine you no longer say that you put on a rubber when it rains."
    ...youd better, or youre likely to....'catch a death of a...' [​IMG]
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    [Edited last by Mark_TS on September 28, 2001 at 02:10 PM]
     
  14. David Lambert

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    Okay, here we go. I used the handy-dandy digital camera to grab these screenshots from the disc with the episodes A,B,&C and The General.
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    Did you want to make us fear? You just steeled our resolve.
    Did you want to tear us apart? You just brought us together.
    http://www.miami.com/herald/content/...ocs/000565.htm

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  15. RobertR

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    quote: If you mean that John Drake *was* the same character as Number 6, you're incorrect. [/quote]
    "Secret Agent Man....they've given you a number and taken 'way your name...."
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    [Edited last by RobertR on September 28, 2001 at 06:58 PM]
     
  16. David Lambert

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  18. Ben Motley

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    I don't remember anyone referring to No.6 as John, but in "The Chimes of Big Ben", Nadia calls No.6 Big Ben, to which he correctingly replies, "Big Bill".
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  19. Mark Zimmer

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    Of course, part of the job of a secret agent is the dissemination of false information....Deny everything is standard operating procedure at the CIA, you know.
    The reference to 'John' is in Arrival; I'll have to pull out my R2 disc to find the exact spot for you.
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  20. Mark Zimmer

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    OK, in the episode 'ARRIVAL', when Nr. 6 returns to his cottage and speaks to Nr. 2 for the first time on the phone, he is greeted with "Good morning, John." On the R2 disc, it's at 9m:08s. After accounting for 4% speedup that should be in the neighborhood of 9m:29s on the US version, if my math is right (no promises there).
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    Since so much of the content of The Prisoner is about manipulation of information and perception, I can't imagine why you'd expect Macgoohan to be upfront about the John Drake/Nr. 6 issue. Perhaps there are some legal issues relating to the use of the character name that require him to obfuscate the connection. In that case, a "vehement denial" is to be expected. Anyway, the connection seems obvious to me, regardless of the silly trivia questions that A&E puts on their discs, as if that were some sort of authority.
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