Secret Agent (1964–1967)
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The Battle of the Cameras 

A woman disguised as a clumsy tea lady steals some secret papers, which are sold to the highest bidder by a Mr Kent. M9 sends Drake to investigate a number of similar thefts by befriending the woman and infiltrating the organisation.

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Don Chaffey

Writers:

Philip Broadley, Ralph Smart (series created by)
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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick McGoohan ... John Drake
Dawn Addams ... Martine
Niall MacGinnis ... A.J.A. Kent
Frederick Bartman Frederick Bartman ... Alan Genicot
Peter Madden ... Admiral Hobbs
Patrick Newell ... Alex
Jose Berlinka Jose Berlinka ... Barman
Gilbert France Gilbert France ... Croupier
John Serret ... Senior Executive
Henry De Bray Henry De Bray ... Chief Chemist
Hugo De Vernier Hugo De Vernier ... Night Manager
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A woman disguised as a tea lady, steals some secret documents, which are being sold to the highest bidder by her employer - Mr Kent. M9 sends Drake to investigate a number of similar thefts by infiltrating the organisation. By posing as a rich playboy, gambling heavily, and befriending the woman in a casino, Drake's soon invited to meet the reclusive Mr. Kent. Written by U.N. Owen

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English | French

Release Date:

3 April 1965 (USA) See more »

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(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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In this, the first (hour-long) episode, when Patrick Newell is first seen (as he sits down in the chair at 'G's office) on the wall, behind him to his right, is an image of an object which will become very iconic, in Patrick McGoohan's follow-up series; a pennyfarthing. See more »

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Drake Wins the Battle With a New Spy Gadget
24 March 2015 | by CoastalCruiserSee all my reviews

I've been tracking spy gadgets as they appear in both the 1/2 hour and 1 hour version of Danger Man. We saw two bonafide gadgets introduced in the first series; a camera hidden at the bottom of a whiskey flask (allowing Drake to take a picture along with a swig), and a cigarette lighter doing double duty as a radio receiver ('The Blue Veil' and 'The Brothers')

So far in the 1 hour series we've seen an electric razor doubling as a radio transmitter in 'Colony 3'. In this episode we see Drake using an alarm clock with a camera lens in the very center of the hands, which he uses to photograph anyone who enters his room while he's out.

Given the title of this episode, a hidden clock camera seems apropos. And it is arguably that this spy gadget aids Drake in besting the (evil) villain, as it ties the intruder he captures on film to that same (evil) villain he is tracking.

By the way - some other reviews here speculate about why this episode was the 8th Danger Man presented in Britain during the show's first run, yet it is the first episode on the A&E DVDs released in America. I believe reviewer Shadegrenade has it right. The A&E DVDs reflect the order the episodes aired in America.

But why did the American release alter the order? Simple. American taste. Danger Man made it to America on the wave of interest in spy stories forged by the Bond films, so the program was tailored to leverage that interest. The show was renamed 'Secret Agent', and thus the most Bond-like episode was aired first. 'Battle of the Cameras', with John Drake in a white tux, hanging out at a casino, going up against a disfigured super-villain was Secret Agent at its most Bondish.

(For those who may not know, Patrick McGoohan was offered the role of James Bond before Connery. McGoohan turned it down. Perfect, because we the audience were delivered two exciting franchises, with Secret Agent being the thinking person's version of James Bond.


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