He turned down being James Bond because he thought the role contained little more than sex and violence and instead gave us a look at a real flesh-and-blood secret agent, John Drake, who ultimately resigned for moral reasons and became Number Six. Too bad for legal reasons he couldn't keep using the name John Drake.
He would have been great as Aldous Dumbledor (sp?) in the Harry Potter movies, too, but had to decline for health reasons.
He was married to the same woman for some 60 years (that's more than two hundred in Hollywood-marriage years!).
With thumb and index finger circled and flicking away from his forehead, one last time he says, "I'll be seeing you."
Wow really Secret Agent/Danger Man was and is one of my all time favorite tv shows of all time , Patrick Mcgoohan was the king of cool in my book James Bond would have been a step down from John Drake. Secret Agent and the Prisoner were first two series I collected on DVD. Pat was great actor and a professional and could play good/bad guy or comedy with easy. For the young If you havent figure out the quote in my sig is from the prisoner. He will truely be missed.
Like John, I thought Patrick McGoohan was something more than an actor. There was a quiet intelligence about every role he had - even the broader ones - that captured one's interest, drawing you into the part. I'm reminded of when he was making Danger Man he opposed suggestions by writers who wanted more fights, guns, and gadgets pushing instead to portray a true professional who didn't easily rely on such things. From what I know of him, he was a man of convictions, which I've always admired about him. Even in the 60s and early 70s, his characters almost seemed to come from a different era. I'll certainly miss him but very glad we had him for the time that we did.
Honestly one of reasons and a kid and as adult I was drawn to secret agent because the show unlike james bond Secret Agent struck a nice balance between , gadgets, action and story telling. 95% of the time drake all he had to rely on his wits, daring and humanity, yes for a spy drake was extremely loyal to his friends (a room in a basement , fair exchange) protected weak (you get no marks for severvilty) it was a truely amazing show that make most modern tv dramas look like the crap that they are , But what made the Secret Agent true great was Patrick Mcgoohan.