Well, that’s one way to get away for good – Patrick McGoohan, known to most of us ‘Koggers as Number Six, the eponymous hero of “The Prisoner”, has passed away at the age of 80. Obits in the New York Times and the Globe and Mail describe his long and varied career.
One of the frequently overlooked and more popular series of his career prior to arriving at The Village was “Danger Man” (“Secret Agent” in North America), wherein he portrayed John Drake, originally an agent of NATO, but eventually an operative of Her Majesty’s Secret Service. As was common at the time, the show was filled with cool gadgets (the electric razor/tape recorder was my favorite) and filled with suspense, but unusually, Drake never carried a gun, used violence sparingly, and was very respectful in his relationships with women. McGoohan deplored the James Bond-style sexual escapades that were becoming common at the time, which is one of the key reasons he turned down the role of Bond – Sean Connery ultimately becoming the more famous secret agent worldwide. McGoohan was also an experienced film actor, with his most well-known recent role being as Edward Longshanks in Braveheart.
During his tenure as John Drake, McGoohan filmed a few episodes at a welsh resort called Portmerion, which, for those of us in the know, will be recognized as The Village. Disputes continue to this day as to whether John Drake was the ex-secret agent who was imprisoned as Number Six, although McGoohan was famously evasive on the subject.
Anyway, in honor of a life well and creatively lived, I present the following:
I love that theme. There’s something fun and exciting about it that makes it enjoyable in its own right. And, speaking of themes:
I believe I speak for all of us when I say…
Be Seeing You.