JOHN DRAKE

 
Full Name: John Drake
Series Name: Danger Man, Secret Agent
Nationality: British
Organization: NATO
Occupation Agent

Creator: Ralph Smart
Time Span: 1960 - 1968
ABOUT THE SERIES

       John Drake is an agent with NATO and later with M9.
       His nationality is a bit confusing, at least the part he reveals, because for a while in his earlier career as a roving agent with NATO, he once refered to himself as Irish-American but later, when he was lured away to work for the branch of British Intelligence known as M9, he was clearly a British subject though he continued to be proud of his Irish roots. It is likely both are true as having one parent from America and another from the UK would have worked, especially if his actual birth took place in the States.
       Regardless of his original nationality or dual-citizenship, John Drake is a man of the world having seen more places in his many years in the clandestine services that most of us have even heard of. No one continent is his territory, even when working for NATO he went far away from the member countries. Once he went to work for M9, the travel got even wider range. He must have enjoyed it, though, because he seldom complained and he certainly kept at it.
       When his first recorded cases happened, Drake was in his very early 30s. That being in 1960, he would have been too young for service in WWII but a very good age for the Korean War. At one point he admitted he had not gone to college so it is not too much of a stretch to assume he did serve in that conflict and it is likely that his exploits therein got him noticed. Whether he was in Intelligence in the military or recruited by NATO after he mustered out, he joined that organization not too long afterwards as he had already been in NATO's employ for some time. This latter is based on his experience and his skill in the first recorded cases which clearly show he was no novice.
       He was still, though, fairly idealistic and liked to look for the good in people. This is not implying any naivete as that word would never fit Drake probably at any time in his adult life. He is far too sophisticated and smooth to be so labeled. But he clearly expected better of many of the people with whom he dealt and those he brought to justice met with considerable dislike from him. After his service with NATO ended and he joined M9 he was not nearly as ready to think well of his fellow man. A certain cynicism had unfortunately entered his life. Considering the double dealing and the evil he witnessed, it is not surprising.
       Drake has always been a loner. In virtually no case recorded did he work closely with anyone for very long. He relied on his own abilities to get him out of any scrapes and considering the many he had and survived, that showed confidence instead of conceit. He had no steady romantic interests. Clearly a pretty woman or two caught his eye during his assignments but his steadfast dedication to duty did not allow him time to indulge when he was on duty and he seemed to be almost always on duty.
       Despite his constant facing of danger and the threats to his life, Drake held firmly to his distinct dislike of guns. He could use them if he had to, which he did on a couple of occasions, but he never wanted to nor did he enjoy it. His attitude towards firearms was simple - they were loud and they hurt people. He preferred to use his own hands to disable opponents and he was very good with the martial arts so his anti-gun bias seldom caused trouble.
       Drake's unofficial codename was Danger Man and over the course of a hundred recorded assignments, he proved his deserving of it many times over.

BOOKS

Number of Books:6
First Appearance:1962
Last Appearance:1966

       The six books that chronicle further adventures of John Drake, Danger Man/Secret Agent, are all original works by several highly experienced espionage writers. Understanding that the writers were limited greatly to what they are could do with the character, nevertheless, they are good stories and worth reading.
       One mark against them, though, is the fact that because they were written by different authors with understandably different takes on the character, the thoughts and responses of Drake to events varies greatly so it is best to gloss over these parts.
       It should be noted that only the first, Target for Tonight, concerns Drake during his NATO days. The others deal with him while he worked for M9.

1 Target For Tonight Target For Tonight
Written by Richard Telfair
Copyright: 1962

In Lisbon, documents pertaining to the Strategic Air Command have been stolen. The first three NATO agents sent to recover them have died. Now it is Drake's turn. Note: this first book was the only one written from the Danger Man series. The rest were from the Secret Agent series.

2 Departure Deferred Departure Deferred
Written by W. Howard Baker
Copyright: 1965

In an endeavor to speed up their nuclear program, the Chinese have kidnapped the daughter of a noted physicist as extortion for his help. Drake has 36 hours to free the girl.

3 Hell For Tomorrow Hell For Tomorrow
Written by Peter Leslie
Copyright: 1965

The deaths of two young people were first put down as murder-suicide but soon Drake finds evidence of a conspiracy to wipe out civilization by destroying the young.

4 Storm Over Rockall Storm Over Rockall
Written by W. Howard Baker
Copyright: 1965

Sabotage was striking a major military research facility, threatening the vital work being done there. Drake must infiltrate the lab and find the culprits from the inside.

5 No Way Out No Way Out
Written by Wilfred McNeilly
Copyright: 1966

The attempt by a burned-out agent to disappear in the teeming streets of Macao is hampered by the Chinese agents who want what he knows. Drake must find him first.

6 The Exterminator The Exterminator
Written by W. A. Ballinger
Copyright: 1966

The man known as the Exterminator is wiping out Drake's fellow agents. Given the task of stopping the assassin, Drake isn't sure that the killer is not one of his own

NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:23
First Appearance:1961
Last Appearance:1966

1 "Danger Man And African Diamonds"
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 06/24/1961

Printed in TV Express No. 347, aka "The Weekly Magazine For Boys" and published by Beaverbrook. This issue was the first published the summer of 1961. John Drake is sent to African on a mission to stop diamond smugglers.

2 "Case Of The Father Christmas Fake"
Written by Henry Lewis
Copyright: 12/23/1961

Printed in TV Express No. 373, aka "The Magazine For Boys" and published by Beaverbrook. This one was meant as a Christmas special issue. Drake goes to buy Christmas presents in a large department store. But a gunman steals money from clerks that are counting it. Drake decides to help find the culprit and heads to the basement where he finds the store's Father Christmas tied up. This means that the crook is posing as the big guy and Drake must stop him.

3 "A Case Of The Assassin In Burma"
Written by Henry Lewis
Copyright: 01/13/1962

Printed in TV Express No. 376, aka "The Magazine For Boys" and published by Beaverbrook. This was the 2nd issue for 1962 because it was published weekly. Drake is on a mission in Burma and must keep an assassin with 14 different names from killing a visiting European statesman. Drake and the Burmese Security Chief named Shaw chase the assassin and another to a small village by car where Drake gets the upper hand and all is well.

4 Trouble In Paradise Trouble In Paradise
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1965

From the pages of Danger Man Television Story Book. [plot unknown]

5 Gold Hat Gold Hat
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1965

From the pages of Danger Man Television Story Book. [plot unknown]

6 Drake Takes A Bow Drake Takes A Bow
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1965

From the pages of Danger Man Television Story Book. [plot unknown]

7 The Nap Hand The Nap Hand
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1965

From the pages of Danger Man Television Story Book. [plot unknown]

8 The Girl From M.6 The Girl From M.6
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1965

From the pages of Danger Man Television Story Book. [plot unknown]

9 The Big Catch The Big Catch
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1965

From the pages of Danger Man Annual 1966 and the 1st short story within. With a four day break John Drake decides to spend it fishing. He leaves London and goes to North Wales. It's there where he has planned to fish, but others seem to have different plans. Yet, Drake ends up saving a scientist and catching a known evil spy and his gang.

10 Night Train To Rome Night Train To Rome
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1965

From the pages of Danger Man Annual 1966 and the 2nd short story within. The Danger Man is given a mission to Italy by X to catch the leader of a new spy ring. This he does on the train.

11 Traitor's Gate Traitor's Gate
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1965

From the pages of Danger Man Annual 1966and the 3rd short story within. Drake after spending a day with friends leaves and finds an injured Bolnik man laying face down at the road side. He calls for an ambulance, but the man is no where to be found. The next day Drake is call by the Bolnik Ambassador for a meeting at his Embassy. Seems a traitor is taking secret information. Drake must find the traitor and his discovery is surprising.

12 Drake's Big Beat Drake's Big Beat
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1965

From the pages of Danger Man Annual 1966and the 4th short story within. John Drake, Danger Man, must foil the plot to flood Britain with forged bank-notes and catch those that wish to do so.

13 The House On 22nd Street The House On 22nd Street
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1965

From the pages of Danger Man Annual 1966 and the 5th short story within. Drake is sent to New York on a case. Upon landing he has just forty-eight hours and seventeen minutes to find the President of newly-created Republic of Marenzi, an island in the Pacific. But, the President has vanished and now Drake must search for him and decides to trick those that have him out in the open. Later information gathered leads him and another to a certain house.

14 The Temple The Temple
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1965

From the pages of Danger Man Annual 1966 and the 6th short story within. Ships of the British Navy are picking-up coded messages from a possible location on the island of Sicily. The Danger Man is sent on a mission to find out why.

15 The Big Splash The Big Splash
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1966

From the pages of Danger Man Annual 1967 and the 1st short story within. In Rome Drake must get back diplomatic documents stolen two day earlier. A woman asks for help and the Danger Man ends up knocked out, trussed up and in a boat floating on the Mediterranean. Being smart, Drake frees himself and venture to a villa near by. There he get the documents back, plus catches a known spy and the thief.

16 No Medals for the General No Medals for the General
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1966

From the pages of Danger Man Annual 1967 and the 2nd short story within. John Drake flies to Rio de Janeiro and is there one night only. Next day he flies to Fiesta City in the new Caribbean Republic of San Miguel. There he must find an important document that has come up missing and get it back.

17 The Silver Ring The Silver Ring
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1966

From the pages of Danger Man Annual 1967 and the 3rd short story within. While on a vacation in Switzerland Drake gets a call from X. The Danger Man must go into action and stop the possible abduction of Abdul Hassan Bey aka The Sheik of Menjpore.

18 Smoked Out Smoked Out
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1966

From the pages of Danger Man Annual 1967 and the 4th short story within. John Drake was to meet with the Prime Minister of Malicia, but an agent for hire has taken him. So the Danger Man must find and free him from this enemy agent.

19 Smugglers' Cove Smugglers' Cove
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1966

From the pages of Danger Man Annual 1967 and the 5th short story within. Sent to Cornwall on a journey of top secret importance John Drake must check out the men at Centre One. He's shot at, yet still makes his destination. A known Assassin is in the area. The Danger Man goes to a bar, learns of Smugglers' Cove and after another brush with death decides to go there. At the cove he spies something and ventures into it. In the end story is of kidnapping and mistaken identities.

20 Countdown Countdown
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1966

From the pages of Danger Man Annual 1967 and the 6th short story within. Drake is being followed and he knows it, but a new mission is at hand. The Danger Man must find "Sir Jason Harlee" who has been kidnapped by a known spy named Borsch. Harlee is the creative brains behind a new rocket formula and is also a knighted Australian.

21 Dead On Nine Dead On Nine
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1966

From the pages of Danger Man Annual 1967 and the 7th short story within. John Drake leave London to attend information talks held at Greystoke Hall. The talks are between six countries that are Great Britain, France, Italy, Netherlands, West Germany and Belgium. The Danger Man was sent by X to watch for trouble. A group that is called Homicide International wants to kill the delegates at the talks at nine o'clock, but the Danger Man stops their plan.

22 Payoff on the Frontier Payoff on the Frontier
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1966

From the pages of Danger Man Annual 1967 and the 8th short story within. John Drake, the Danger Man takes a mission to catch the Head of an international organization called Information Anonymous in Basle, Switzerland. After some close calls the Danger Man and the young woman he met fulfill his mission.

23 Playback Playback
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1966

From the pages of the Danger Man Annual 1967 and the 9th short story within. John Drake (Danger Man) while on leave is sent for by X (The Chief) and goes to find out why. He learns that a counter-intelligence ring has a plot to kidnap an American Army Colonel. Information comes from a "sleeper" that was directed to a "code-breaker." Yet the Americans don't seem to believe it and Drake himself has questions. After following the code-breaker and learning he is brainwashed. The plot might be to kidnap an American General and kill the Danger Man instead. But, Drake is smarter than the enemies think.

YOUNG ADULT BOOKS

Number of Books:3
First Appearance:1965
Last Appearance:1966

1 Danger Man Television Story Book Danger Man Television Story Book
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1965

A compilation of 5 stories complete with illustrations. The stories were:
1. Troubhe In Paradise
2. Gold Hat
3. Drake Takes A Bow
4. The Nap Hand
5. The Girl From M.6
Also in the book was a feature: How Observant Are You?.

2 Danger Man Annual 1966 Danger Man Annual 1966
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1965

A collection of 6 short stories, 3 features, and 2 games as well as many illustrations by Walter Howarth.
The stories are:
1. The Big Catch
2. Night Train To Rome
3. Traitor's Gate
4. Drake's Big Beat
5. The House On 22nd Street
6. The Temple
The features are:
1. The Code Crackers
2. Half A Million In A World Spy Ring
3. The Silver Greyhounds
The games are:
1. Beat this Danger Man Code
2. Espionage

3 Danger Man Annual 1967 Danger Man Annual 1967
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1966

A collection of 9 short stories and 1 feature article.
The stories are:
1. The Big Splash
2. No Medals for the General
3. The Silver Ring
4. Smoked Out
5. Smugglers' Cove
6. Countdown
7. Dead On Nine
8. Payoff on the Frontier
9. Playback
The feature was:
1. Moses Was The First Spy King - a look at espionage through the ages, starting with Moses who sent spies into Canaan.

MOVIES

Number of Movies:1
First Appearance:1968
Last Appearance:1968

       The final two episodes of Danger Man, meant for the aborted fourth season, were put together into a tv movie which was also released around the world as a movie.

1 Koroshi Koroshi
Released: 1968

Combination of the last two episodes of the television series. John Drake heads to Japan where rumors of a murder are just the beginning of a bigger plot.

TELEVISION

Number of Episodes:86
First Appearance:1960
Last Appearance:1967
Network:ITV (UK)

REGULAR CAST
Patrick McGoohanJohn Drake [ All ]

       In 1960 spy stories were coming into their own, although they had yet to hit the big screen as hard as they soon would. Wishing to capitalize on the new-found popularity, indeed being still a bit ahead of the curve, the British television developer, ATV, asked writer/producer/director Ralph Smart to come up with a storyline. He dreamed up John Drake.
       At first, Drake was likely to have worked for the British Secret Service but wanting to appeal to both sides of the ocean and worrying that the American audience would not take to a British spy (boy, were they wrong!). Smart chose to have his hero work for NATO.
       The series actually came out in two sections. The first, titled Danger Man, consisted of 30-minute episodes and ran for just one season (39 episodes from September, 1960 to January, 1962). While the show was popular in Britain, in America it ran as a summer replacement from April to September of 1962 which meant only some of the episodes were shown, depriving the States of a chance to get to know how good the series really was.
       The reception it received in Britain and in much of Europe, however, was strong enough to convince the producers to revive the series, with changes. The new series was still called Danger Man in Britain but was renamed Secret Agent for the States. It ran 2 seasons from October, 1964 to January, 1968. These 47 shows were 60 minutes in length and featured more action and deeper plots than the earlier show allowed. They also had, in America, one heckuva cool title song that reached #3 on the Billboard charts in 1966 for Johnny Rivers.
       The actor chosen to play John Drake was Patrick McGoohan, who had come to the producer's attention previously. The choice was a good one for Mr. McGoohan took ownership of the character immediately and put his own stamp on the style of the show. His insistence that the agent be of high standards and great honor helped keep him popular decades later.
       Still, it was Mr. McGoohan's choice that the series come to an end. Production had just started on a 4th season when he approached the producers with a desire to be released from his contract as he had tired of the character. Reluctantly, they closed things down.

1 View from the Villa
Episode 1x01, first aired 09/11/1960
Director: Terry Bishop
Writers: Brian Clemens, Ralph Smart
Guest Stars: John Lee as Mayne, June Rodney as Maid, David Ritch as Taxi Driver, Andreas Malandrinos as Waiter, Court Benson as Finch, Marie Burke as Housekeeper

The robbery netted $5 million and took a banker's life. John Drake is sent to North Wales to get the money back and bring the killer in.

2 Time to Kill
Episode 1x02, first aired 09/18/1960
Director: Ralph Smart
Writers: Ian Stuart Black, Brian Clemens
Guest Stars: Louise Collins as Sally Raymond, Carl Jaffe as Professor Barkoff, Derren Nesbitt as Vogeler, Lionel Murton as Colonel Keller, Sarah Lawson as Lisa Orin

The murder of a Professor bring John Drake to investigate which takes him to Austria in pursuit of the suspect, Vogeler. Complications set in when Drake is suddenly handcuffed to a woman and must bring her along.

3 Josetta
Episode 1x03, first aired 09/25/1960
Director: Michael Truman
Writer: Ralph Smart
Guest Stars: Robert Bernal as Miguel, Glenn Beck as Motril, Claire Gordon as Sandra, Randall Kinkead as Olot, Campbell Singer as Colonel Segur

The woman was determined to bring her brother's killer to justice but needed help from John Drake, not least because she was blind.

4 The Blue Veil
Episode 1x04, first aired 10/02/1960
Director: Charles Frend
Writers: Ralph Smart, Don Ingalls
Guest Stars: Laurense Naismith as Spooner, Lisa Gastoni as Clare, Ferdy Mayne as The Moukta, Joseph Cuby as Hassan

He went to the Sahara to investigate rumors of white slavery and ended up helping a showgirl who was in a bit of danger.

5 The Lovers
Episode 1x05, first aired 10/09/1960
Director: Peter Graham Scott
Writers: Jo Eisinger, Doreen Montgomery
Guest Stars: Michael Ripper as Miguel Torres, Maxine Audley as Maria, Martin Miller as Stavros, Ewen Solon as President Gomez

Miguel Torres was an old enemy of John Drake and always on the side of the bad guys. Now he needs Drake's help to protect the leader of Baravia and his wife.

6 The Girl in Pink Pyjamas
Episode 1x06, first aired 10/16/1960
Director: Peter Graham Scott
Writers: Ian Stuart Black (screenplay), Ralph Smart (screenplay), Brian Clemens (story)
Guest Stars: Angela Browne as Anna Wilson, Alan tilvern as Major Minos, Richard Warner as Anaesthetist, John Crawford (1) as Dr Keller

As the president of a country lies in the hospital in critical condition from an assassination attempt, Drake discovers an amnesiac woman wantering the back roads who knows more about the situation that she should.

7 Position of Trust
Episode 1x07, first aired 10/23/1960
Director: Ralph Smart
Writers: Jo Eisinger (screenplay), Ian Stuart Black (story)
Guest Stars: Donald Pleasence as Aldrich, Lois Maxwell as Sandi Lewis, Jahn Phillips as Paul, Martin Benson as Fawzi

To prove an Arab country is involved in the opium trade, Drake connives a minor goverment official to help obtain the proof.

8 The Lonely Chair
Episode 1x08, first aired 10/30/1960
Director: Charles Frend
Writers: John Roddick, Ralph Smart
Guest Stars: Sam Wanamaker as Patrick Laurence, Hazel Court as Noelle Laurence, Patrick Troughton as Brenner

The wealthy man has more than money in his possession - he has top secret documents. When his daughter is kidnapped, Drake is certain it is not just cash being demanded.

9 The Sanctuary
Episode 1x09, first aired 11/06/1960
Director: Charles Frend
Writers: Ralph Smart, John Roddick
Guest Stars: Kieron Moor as Crawford, Wendy Williams as Kathy, Barry Keegan as Liamond, Shay Gorman as Brannigan

John Drake takes the identity of a just-released revolutionary as he heads to Scotland for a new job. Drake is certain the employer is using such men to help in a major attack.

10 An Affair of State
Episode 1x10, first aired 11/13/1960
Director: Peter Graham Scott
Writer: Oscar Brodney
Guest Stars: Partick Wymark as Ortiz, John Le Mesurier as Alvarado, Dorothy White as Raquel, Warren Mitchell as Jose Santiago

The small nation of San Pablo is the scene of the death of an American Treasury official that might be suicide but might be something more.

11 The Key
Episode 1x11, first aired 11/20/1960
Director: Seth Holt
Writers: Ralph Smart (story), Ralph Smart (screenplay), Jack Whittingham (screenplay)
Guest Stars: Robert Flemyng as Logan, Charles Carson as Ambassador, Charles Gray as Alex, Peter Swanwick as Joe, Monique Ahrens as Maria

The Vienna American embassy has a serious leak and all evidence points to one of two men: the Ambassador or a news correspondent who is also a trusted operative. It is Drake's job to prove which one.

12 The Sisters
Episode 1x12, first aired 11/27/1960
Director: Seth Holt
Writers: Brian Clemens (story), Jo Eisinger (screenplay)
Guest Stars: Sydney Tafler as Radek, Richard Wattis as Hardy, Mai Zetterling as Nadia, Barbara Murray as Gerda

A scientist, Nadia Sandor, wants asylum from the country of Slavosk but she may be a plant. Drake is sent to that country to rescue her sister. When he does, neither says they know the other.

13 The Prisoner
Episode 1x13, first aired 12/04/1960
Director: Terry Bishop
Writers: Robert Stewart, Ralph Smart
Guest Stars: Michael Peake as President, June Thorburn as Sue Carpenter, William Sylvester as James Carpenter, William Lucas as Colonel Vasco

Having been convicted of espionage which he did not do, James Carpenter has been holed up the American embassy in the republic of Cadala for five years. Drake has a plan to get him out that requires the use of a double, this man being a concert pianist.

14 The Traitor
Episode 1x14, first aired 12/11/1960
Director: Terry Bishop
Writer: John Roddick
Guest Stars: Ronald Howard as Noel Goddard, Barbara Shelley as Louise Goddard, Jack Watling as Rollo Waters

A number of agents have been killed due to intelligence leaked to Red China. Drake heads to a remote area in northern India to track down who is traitor.

15 Colonel Rodriguez
Episode 1x15, first aired 12/18/1960
Director: Julian Amyes
Writer: Ralph Smart
Guest Stars: Noel Willman as Colonel Rodriguez, Maxine Audley as Martine, Ronald Allen as Walter Bernard, Cyril Shaps as Pietro, Honor Blackman as Joan Bernard

Needing someone to blame for his small island nation's problems, the Chief of Police arrests an American journalist. John Drake takes on the job of getting the reporter free by proving the corruption of the Chief.

16 The Island
Episode 1x16, first aired 01/01/1961
Director: C.M. Pennington-Richards
Writers: Brian Clemens, Ralph Smart
Guest Stars: Michael Ripper as Kane, Allan Cuthbertson as Mr Wilson, Peter Stephens as Mr Jones, Anne Firbank as Bobb

As Drake was escortint two assassins to trial, the plane they were on crashed near a tiny island. The sole inhabitant of that place now holds them all hostage while both sides tries to win his trust.

17 Find and Return
Episode 1x17, first aired 01/08/1961
Director: Seth Holt
Writer: Jo Eisinger
Guest Stars: Donald Pleasence as Nikolides, Moira Lister as Vanessa, Zena Marshall as Mrs. Ramfi, Warren Mitchell as Stashig, Richard Wattis as Hardy

As John Drake works out the details for infiltrating a villa to capture a woman suspected of spying, he learns that an agent from the other side is also planning to grab her.

18 The Girl Who Liked GI's
Episode 1x18, first aired 01/15/1961
Director: Michael Truman
Writers: Ralph Smart, Marc Brandel
Guest Stars: Anna Gaylor as Vici, Anthony Bushell as Lotsbeye, Nigel Green as Wetzel, Charles Farrell as Krug

The American G.I. was working on a top secret project so when he turns up dead, Drake is sent in. Finding the man had just been with a German girl, he arranges to meet her and is himself attacked.

19 Name, Date and Place
Episode 1x19, first aired 01/22/1961
Director: Charles Frend
Writers: Ralph Smart, John Roddick
Guest Stars: Jean Marsh as Kim Russell, Cyril Raymond as Nash, Kathleen Byron as Deirdre, Richard Wattis as Hardy

Told to check out a series of murders, Drake decides they were all done by a group hiring themselves out. To trap them, he hires them to kill yet another person - himself.

20 Vacation
Episode 1x20, first aired 01/29/1961
Director: Patrick McGoohan
Writer: Ralph Smart
Guest Stars: Hugh McDermott as Andrew Amory, Esmond Knight as Mr. Baron, Jacqueline Ellis as Veronica Baron, Barrie Ingham as Georges, Lawrence Davidson as Gautier

Drake is on a vacation when he recognizes another passenger on the airplane as a hired killer. As he checks into what the man is up to, he himself is suspected of being the killer.

21 The Conspirators
Episode 1x21, first aired 02/05/1961
Director: Michael Truman
Writers: Ralph Smart, John Roddick
Guest Stars: Patricia Driscoll as Lady Lindsay, Terence Longdon as Saunders, Hugh Moxey as Sir Arthur Lindsay, Alfred Burke as Craven

The death of a British diploma shows Drake that the man's wife is also in danger but she refuses to leave her home, a castle attraction, so Drake plays bodyguard to trap the killers.

22 The Honeymooners
Episode 1x22, first aired 04/02/1961
Director: Charles Frend
Writers: Ralph Smart, Lewis Davidson
Guest Stars: Lee Montague as Mr. Chung Sun, Ronald Allen as Ted Baker, Sally Bazely as Joan Baker, Michael Peake as President

Drake learns that a newlywed husband in a hotel in the Far East has been wrongfully arrested for murder but revealing the true culprit will cause an international incident so he decides to break the man out.

23 The Gallows Tree
Episode 1x23, first aired 04/09/1961
Director: Michael Truman
Writers: Ralph Smart, Marc Brandel
Guest Stars: Paul Rogers as Laing, Wendy Craig as Jean, Raymond Huntley as Clements, Ewan Roberts as Craig

A stolen car revealed fingerprints of a man dead for over a decade. Drake is sent to Scotland to find out why.

24 The Relaxed Informer
Episode 1x24, first aired 04/16/1961
Director: Anthony Bushell
Writers: Ralph Smart, Robert Banks Stewart
Guest Stars: Duncan Lamont as Joseph Brenner, Moira Redmond as Ruth, Paul Maxwell as Col. Doyle, Brian Rawlinson as Frederick, Stanley Van Beers as Benedict

The voice on a recording Drake got from an enemy agent is that of a translator Drake knows but when he approaches her on the matter, she claims to know nothing about it.

25 The Brothers
Episode 1x25, first aired 04/23/1961
Director: Charles Frend
Writer: Ralph Smart
Guest Stars: Lisa Gastoni as Lita Rossi, George Coulouris as Police Commissioner, Ronald Fraser as Guiseppe, Derren Nesbitt as Hugo, John Woodvine as Luigi

The Morelli brothers have stolen some important documents. To get them back he must find the brothers and to find them he must break out of jail a woman named Lita.

26 The Journey Ends Halfway
Episode 1x26, first aired 04/30/1961
Director: Clive Donner
Writer: Ian Stuart Black
Guest Stars: Paul Daneman as Dr. Bakalter, Willoughby Goddard as McFadden, Anna May Wong as Miss Lee, Paul Hardtmuth as Senor Paterno, Martin Boddey as Masseur

Several people trying to escape from the East have disappeared. Suspecting someone along the route is killing them, Drake pretends to be such a traveller.

27 Bury the Dead
Episode 1x27, first aired 05/07/1961
Director: Clive Donner
Writers: Ralph Smart (screenplay), Brian Clemens (story)
Guest Stars: Robert Shaw as Tony Costello, Patrick Troughton as Bart, Beverly Garland as Jo Harris, Dermot Walsh as Hugo Delano, Paul Stassino as Police Captain

Seeking information about the death of a fellow NATO agent, Drake learns a great deal about the gun-runners the man had been investigating as well as some other things even more interesting.

28 Sabotage
Episode 1x28, first aired 05/14/1961
Director: Peter Graham Scott
Writers: Michael Pertwee, Ian Stuart Black

Drake is asked to assist a struggling airlines which has had several planes disappear in Southeast Asia. To learn more, he takes a position as a steward aboard a plane.

29 The Contessa
Episode 1x29, first aired 05/21/1961
Director: Tony Bishop
Writers: Ralph Smart, John Roddick
Guest Stars: Dudley Foster as Giorgio, John Wyse as Julio, Hazel Court as Francesca

The drug smuggling ring were using mules wearing padded jackets. Taking one of them, Drake tries to follow the trail to the bosses, a trail that leads to the Contessa.

30 The Leak
Episode 1x30, first aired 05/28/1961
Director: Anthony Bushell
Writers: Ralph Smart, Brian Clemens
Guest Stars: Zena Marshall as Doctor Leclair, Bernard Archard as Doctor Bryant, Marne Maitland as Sheik Ahmed, Anthony Dawson as Martin, Lawrence Davidson as Finch

The locals are complaining about an outbreak of sickness and blaming a nearby nuclear plant in North Africa but Drake suspects something else is the cause though he is getting little cooperation.

31 The Trap
Episode 1x31, first aired 06/04/1961
Director: Pennington Richards
Writers: Ralph Smart, John Roddick
Guest Stars: Jeanne Moody as Beth, Noel Trevarthen as Gino, Marie Burke as Carla, Alan Gifford as Whitmore, Louise Collins as Liz

When Beth took a sudden trip to Venice from her embassy post in another country, she did not report it like she should have and Drake is sent to see what is going on. What looks innocent at first start to have some sinister shadings.

32 The Actor
Episode 1x32, first aired 06/11/1961
Director: Michael Truman
Writer: Marc Brandell
Guest Stars: Rupert Davies as Colonel Graves, Gary Cockrell as Al Jason, Julie Allan as Suzan, Patsy Rowlands as Mrs. Harkness, Burt Kwouk as Chen Tung

Learning how secret messages were being sent in a radio program in Hong Kong, passing data to the Chinese mainland, was not difficult once Drake took a job there but finding out who would be harder.

33 Hired Assassin
Episode 1x33, first aired 06/18/1961
Director: Charles Frend
Writers: Ralph Smart, John Roddick
Guest Stars: Alan Wheatley as Alexis, Cyril Shaps as Luis, Nyall Florenz as Edouardo, Judy Carne as Juanita

Learning that a group is wanting an assassination done, Drake takes the identity of a skilled assassin and is hired by the group for the job. His actions are not totally above suspicion, however.

34 The Coyannis Story
Episode 1x34, first aired 12/16/1961
Director: Peter Graham Scott
Writer: Jo Eisinger
Guest Stars: John Phillips as Coyannis, Charles Gray as Zameda, Heather Chasen as Lorain Zameda, Liam Gaffney as Captain Achard

Drake's job is to find out why the large sums the IMF is sending to a poor country are not reaching the poor.

35 Find and Destroy
Episode 1x35, first aired 12/23/1961
Director: Charles Frend
Writers: Ralph Smart, John Roddick
Guest Stars: Peter Arne as Major Hassler, Nadja Regin as Melina, Peter Sallis as John Gordon, Helen Horton as Hele

With his vacation interrupted by British Intelligence, Drake agrees to look into a submarine supposedly adrift in the area and to destroy it. He soon learns others are looking as well.

36 Under the Lake
Episode 1x36, first aired 12/30/1961
Director: Seth Holt
Writer: Jack Whittingham
Guest Stars: Christopher Rhodes as Gunther Klaus, Hermione Baddeley as Mrs. Grahame, Moira Redmond as Mitzi, Lionel Murton as Colonel Keller, Roger Delgado as Von Golling

Heading to Switzerland to find out who is bringing into the country large amounts of conterfeit money, Drake proceeds to woo the daughter of his main suspect.

37 The Nurse
Episode 1x37, first aired 01/06/1962
Director: Peter Graham Scott
Writers: Ralph Smart, Brian Clemens
Guest Stars: Eileen Moore as Mary MacPherson, Jack MacGowran as Prior, Eric Pohlmann as The Innkeeper, Robert Ayres as Hamilton, Heather Chasen as Helen Hamilton

It was widely believed there were no survivors to the mass murder of the royal family of a Middle East country but Drake discovers there is a baby heir and he is determined to keep the rebels from killing him.

38 The Dead Man Walks
Episode 1x38, first aired 01/13/1962
Director: Charles Frend
Writers: Ralph Smart, Brian Clemens
Guest Stars: Richard Wattis as ardy, Marla Landi as Sita Shapadi, Julia Arnall as Natalie Smith, Richard Pearson as Keith Smith, Michael Ripper as Rangit Pal

There was no one remaining of a group who had discovered a particularly nasty bacteria strain, or so everyone thought. Drake heads to India to talk to the daughter of one man who might still be alive.

39 Deadline
Episode 1x39, first aired 01/20/1962
Director: Peter Graham Scott
Writers: Jo Eisinger (screenplay), Ian Stuart Black (story)
Guest Stars: William Marshall as Khano, Edric Connor as Thompson, Barbara Chilcott as Mai, Christopher Carlos as Ajali, Earl Cameron as Professor Moma

To find out who is behind an outbreak of rioting in Victoria, Africa, Drake takes the role of a gun-runner. After getting the man's confidence, he decides to show the man's wife how bad the damage is.

40 Yesterday's Enemies
Episode 2x01, first aired 10/13/1964
Director: Charles Crichton
Writer: Donald Jonson
Guest Stars: Maureen Connell as Jo Dutton, Howard Marion-Crawford as Archer, Anton Rodgers as Attala, Joan Hickson as Mrs. Curtis, Peter Copley as Brett, Patricia Driscoll as Catherine Archer

It did not seem a huge secret that the man was giving away British industrial information in Beirut but Drake learns there is a lot more to the case.

41 The Professionals
Episode 2x02, first aired 10/20/1964
Director: Michael Truman
Writers: Wilfred Greatorex, Louis Marks
Guest Stars: Helen Cherry as Mrs. Pearson, Nadja Regin as Ira, Jerry Stovin as Desmond, Alex Scott as Milos Kaldor, John Welsh as John Rhodes

An M9 agent stationed in Prague has gone missing and Drake assumes the position of a new Embassy staffer to find what happened.

42 Colony Three
Episode 2x03, first aired 10/27/1964
Director: Don Chaffey
Writer: Donald Jonson
Guest Stars: Glyn Owen as Randall, Niall MacGinnis as Donovan, Peter Arne as John Richardson, Katherine Woodville as Janet Wells, George Mikell as Michael Pearce (Student)

Tracking the path of enemy agents into the UK, Drake takes the role of a defector and finds a replica of an English village behind the Iron Curtain.

43 The Galloping Major
Episode 2x04, first aired 11/03/1964
Director: Peter Maxwell
Writer: David Stone
Guest Stars: William Marshall as Kamunga, Errol John as Colonel Nyboto, Earl Cameron as Kassawari, Edric Connor as Dr. Manudu, Arnold Diamond as Lasalle

Drake is sent to an African nation to protect the Prime Minister of that country during an election. He learns the plotting goes in many directions.

44 Fair Exchange
Episode 2x05, first aired 11/10/1964
Director: Charles Crichton
Writers: Wilfred Greatorex, Marc Brandel
Guest Stars: Lelia Goldoni as Lisa Lanzing, James Maxwell as Pieter, George Mikell as Wilhelm Berg, Andre Van Gyseghem as Col. Otto Berg, Barry Linehan as Foster

The British agent, Lisa, had endured horrible treatment at the hands an East German spymaster and now she is out for revenge. Drake is ordered to stop her.

45 Fish on the Hook
Episode 2x06, first aired 11/17/1964
Director: Robert Day
Writers: John Roddick, Michael Pertwee
Guest Stars: Dawn Addams as Gerdi, Zena Marshall as Nadia, Terence Longdon as Rowland, Martin Miller as Dr. Zoren, Peter Bowles as Gamal

The British agent in an Arabic country who is handling a native spy known as the Fish sends a distress signal requesting extraction. Drake heads there to help and to get the Fish out as well.

46 The Colonel's Daughter
Episode 2x07, first aired 11/24/1964
Director: Philip Leacock
Writer: David Weir
Guest Stars: Virginia Maskell as Joanna Blakeley, Michael Trubshawe as Colonel Blakeley, Warren Mitchell as Chopra, Zia Mohyeddin as Khan, John Bennett as Minister

An old friend in India, the police chief of Delhi, asks visiting John Drake to look into the death of an assistant to a retired British colonel who makes a small income selling exotic butterflies.

47 The Battle of the Cameras
Episode 2x08, first aired 12/01/1964
Director: Don Chaffey
Writer: Philip Broadley
Guest Stars: Dawn Addams as Martine, Niall MacGinnis as A.J.A. Kent, Frederick Bartman as Alan Genicot, Peter Madden as Admiral Hobbs, Patrick Newell as Alex

The theft of secret documents takes Drake to the French Riviera where an auction is going for them. He takes the role of a playboy but is soon discovered.

48 No Marks for Servility
Episode 2x09, first aired 12/08/1964
Director: Don Chaffey
Writer: Ralph Smart
Guest Stars: Mervyn Johns as Armstrong, Francesca Annis as Judy, Howard Marion-Crawford as Gregori, Suzan Farmer as Helen, Peter Illing as Avraam

International financier Gregori Benares is likely also an extortionist and a killer. To get proof, Drake goes undercover at the man's villa in Rome as a butler.

49 A Man to be Trusted
Episode 2x10, first aired 12/15/1964
Director: Peter Maxwell
Writer: Raymond Bowers
Guest Stars: Harvey Ashby as Mora, Patricia Donahue as Lorna Corlander, Ralph Michael as Dorset, Eunice Gayson as Louise Bancroft, Wanda Ventham as Stella Dorset

Drake assumes the role of a detective from Scotland Yard as he arrives in the West Indies to look into a murder while also checking up on British Intelligence's local man.

50 Don't Nail Him Yet
Episode 2x11, first aired 12/22/1964
Director: Michael Truman
Writer: Philip Broadley
Guest Stars: John Fraser as Rawson, Sheila Allen as Dian, Anthony Dawson as Lucas, Raymond Adamson as Gorton, Edwin Apps as Mumford

A man named Rawson is suspected of selling state secrets but Drake suspects someone else is using him so he cozies up to the man to win his trust.

51 A Date with Doris
Episode 2x12, first aired 12/29/1964
Director: Quentin Lawrence
Writer: Philip Broadley
Guest Stars: Jane Merrow as Juana Romero, Ronald Radd as Joaquin Paratore, Eric Pohlmann as Eduardo, James Maxwell as Peter Miller, Richard Bebb as Major Casado

The mistress of a Caribbean country's ruling General has been murdered and a friend of Drake framed. Trying to get his friend free, though, puts them both in the General's sites.

52 That's Two of Us Sorry
Episode 2x13, first aired 01/05/1965
Director: Quentin Lawrence
Writer: Jan Read
Guest Stars: Francesca Annis as Sheila, Finlay Currie as Landlord, Nigel Green as Magnus Sutherland, Duncan Lamont as Angus McKinnon, Brian Phelan as Donald McKinnon

The recent fingerprints found in a case in northern Scotland astonishes everyone because they belong to an agent who has been dead for some time.

53 Such Men Are Dangerous
Episode 2x14, first aired 01/12/1965
Director: Don Chaffey
Writer: Ralph Smart
Guest Stars: Lee Montague as Major Latour, Jack MacGowran as Shorty Pratt, Zia Mohyeddin as Mr. Sen, Jack Gwillim as General, John Cairney as Jack Taylor

The group calls itself the Knights Templar and they have banded together to eliminate world leaders they believe are 'dangerous'. To stop them, Drake takes the role of a paid assassin.

54 Whatever Happened to George Foster
Episode 2x15, first aired 01/19/1965
Director: Don Chaffey
Writer: David Stone
Guest Stars: Bernard Lee as Lord Ammanford, Jeremy Ranchev as Ginger, Jack Bligh as Charlie Hewitt, Patsy Smart as Nanny, Adrienne Corri as Pauline, Richard Caldicot as Sir Joseph Manton

Drake learns that a powerful British magnate is controlling the events in a small foreign nation and none for the better. Drake decides to find evidence to force the man to release the reins.

55 A Room in the Basement
Episode 2x16, first aired 02/02/1965
Director: Don Chaffey
Writer: Ralph Smart
Guest Stars: Jane Merrow as Susan Turnbull, William Lucas as Bernhard, Michael Gwynn as Military Attache, Mark Dignam as British Ambassador, Gerard Heinz as Dr. Huber

The wife of a friend of Drake who is being held prisoner in the Romanian embassy in Geneva asks for Drake's help in getting her husband free. This help will involve a daring raid.

56 The Affair at Castelevara
Episode 2x17, first aired 02/09/1965
Director: Quentin Lawrence
Writer: James Foster
Guest Stars: Eric Pohlmann as Carlos Bisbal, Harold Goldblatt as Ramon Torres, Martin Benson as General Ventura, Andr? Morell as Sir Duncan, Alan Gifford as Van Horn

An old famous revolutionary has been sentenced to die in a Latin American nation. Drake decides to lend a hand in freeing the man, using the ploy of filming a documentary.

57 The Ubiquitous Mr Lovegrove
Episode 2x18, first aired 02/16/1965
Director: Don Chaffey
Writer: David Stone
Guest Stars: Adrienne Corri as Elaine Pearson, Eric Barker as Mr. Lovegrove, Francis De Wolff as Paul Alexander, Patsy Rowlands as Mrs. Elsie Farebrother, Peter Butterworth as 'Umbrella'

A car accident puts Drake into a coma wherein he dreams up a mission involving stolen microdots on casino chips and a casino owner up to no good.

58 It's Up to the Lady
Episode 2x19, first aired 02/23/1965
Director: Michael Truman
Writer: Philip Broadley
Guest Stars: Sylvia Syms as Paula Glover, Robert Urquhart as Charles Glover, Maxwell Shaw as Nicos, Peter Madden as Hobbs, Vera Cook as Paula's Mother

A British citizen at odds with his own country has fled to China. Drake trails his wife to a Greek isle from where she is likely to be taken to join him unless Drake can use her to pull him back.

59 Have a Glass of Wine
Episode 2x20, first aired 03/02/1965
Director: Peter Maxwell
Writer: David Stone
Guest Stars: Ann Lynn as Suzanne, Warren Mitchell as Lamaze, George Benson as Police Chief, Kathleen Breck as Kathleen, Victor Brooks as Jules

An amusing adventure where a British woman who has stolen secrets runs to France to avoid capture. She and Drake become involved in a series of mishaps which include a bumbling French inspector.

60 The Mirror's New
Episode 2x21, first aired 03/09/1965
Director: Michael Truman
Writer: Philip Broadley
Guest Stars: Donald Houston as Edmund Bierce, David Hutcheson as Sir Jeremy, Wanda Ventham as Penny, Nicola Pagett as Nicola, Bill Nagy as George Murgia

The British diplomat vanished for one day and claims to remember nothing of what happened. Drake looks into the matter and finds that the diplomat has not really one or two but perhaps three separate lives going.

61 Parallel Lines Sometimes Meet
Episode 2x22, first aired 03/16/1965
Director: Don Chaffey
Writer: Malcolm Hulke
Guest Stars: Moira Redmond as Nicola Tarasova, Errol John as Dessiles, Earl Cameron as Darcy, Clifton Jones as Lieut. Labaste, Paul Danquah as James Owen

Tracking two British missing scientists to the West Indies, Drake gets involved in foreign intrigue mixed with a good deal of voodoo and zombies.

62 You Are Not in Any Trouble, Are You?
Episode 3x01, first aired 09/04/1965
Director: Don Chaffey
Writer: Philip Broadley
Guest Stars: Susan Hampshire as Lena, Andre Van Gyseghem as Enzo Bandone, John Cazabon as Ernesto, Bill Edwards as Dave, Jeremy Burnham as Ellis

In order to infiltrate a murder organisation Drake commissions his own murder.

63 The Black Book
Episode 3x02, first aired 09/30/1965
Director: Michael Truman
Writer: Philip Broadley
Guest Stars: Susan Hampshire as Lena, Andre Van Gyseghem as Enzo Bandone, John Cazabon as Ernesto, Bill Edwards as Dave, Jeremy Burnham as Ellis

A team of blackmailers have gone after a British diplomat who brings in Drake to help him out. Drake discovers the group has a little book that has a list of those being blackmailed and those about to be.

64 A Very Dangerous Game
Episode 3x03, first aired 10/7/1965
Director: Don Chaffey
Writers: Ralph Smart, David Stone
Guest Stars: Yvonne Furneaux as Lisa Lee, Peter Arne as Chi Ling, Francesca Tu as Suzy, Anthony Dawson as Simpson

Pretending to be a defector to the East, Drake travels to Singapore and tries to get into a local Chinese spy ring to learn about their operations.

65 Sting in the Tail
Episode 3x04, first aired 10/14/1965
Director: Peter Yates
Writer: Philip Broadley
Guest Stars: Ronald Radd as Alexandros, Derren Nesbitt as Rachid Noureddine, John Standing as James, Jeanne Roland as Marie Valedon, David Collings as Stephen Miller

An assassin, hiding out in Beirut, is wanted by the French police. Drake is tasked with helping them get him and his plan calls for making the killer come after Drake.

66 Loyalty Always Pays
Episode 3x05, first aired 10/28/1965
Director: Peter Yates
Writer: David Stone
Guest Stars: Johnny Sekka as Beyla, Errol John as Enugu, Earl Cameron as Prime Minister, Nigel Stock as Major Bert Barrington, Ray Brooks as Frank Lucas

The M9 agent in Africa was able to get out a message before his death, indicating that the Chinese were gaining too much influence in a country where British interest were losing.

67 The Mercenaries
Episode 3x06, first aired 11/04/1965
Director: Don Chaffey
Writer: Ralph Smart
Guest Stars: Patricia Donahue as Caroline Winter, John Slater as Prime Minister, Percy Herbert as Sergeant Bates, Peter Arne as General G'Niore, Frederick Peisley as Dr. Winter

A band of mercenaries are set to stage a coup in an African nation unless Drake can find a way to stop them.

68 Judgement Day
Episode 3x07, first aired 11/11/1965
Director: Don Chaffey
Writers: Donald Jonson (screenplay), Michael J. Bird (story)
Guest Stars: Alexandra Stewart as Jessica, John Woodvine as Shimon, Maurice Kaufmann as Pilot, Guy Deghy as Garriga, David Saire as Ygal

A German scientist who has been accused of war crimes is in the Middle East from where Drake must pull him before Israeli agents take their own justice.

69 The Outcast
Episode 3x08, first aired 11/18/1965
Director: Michael Truman
Writer: Donald Jonson
Guest Stars: Bernard Bresslaw as Leo Perrins, Patricia Haines as Nora Cazalet, Brian Worth as Xavier, Judy Geeson as Helen Cazalet, Richard Caldicot as Commander Marsden

A Wren is murdered and her boyfriend, now on the lam, is the chief suspect. Since she had been carrying secret documents, Drake is sent on his trail to get them back and to see about justice.

70 English Lady Takes Lodgers
Episode 3x09, first aired 11/25/1965
Director: Michael Truman
Writer: David Stone
Guest Stars: Gabriella Licudi as Emma, Robert Urquhart as Pilkington, Howard Marion-Crawford as Cmdr. Collinson, Frederick Bartman as Philippe Granville

Sent to Lisbon to investigates a group selling stolen secrets, Drake comes across a woman who deals in stolen passports.

71 Are You Going to be More Permanent?
Episode 3x10, first aired 12/02/1965
Director: Don Chaffey
Writer: Philip Broadley
Guest Stars: Susan Hampshire as Lesley Arden, Maxwell Shaw as Wolf Kronenberger, Howard Goorney as Joseph Laclos, John Miller as Colonel Salmson, George Cormack as Man in Museum

More than one M9 controller has gone missing in Geneva. To find out who and why, Drake takes the position of the latest at that position.

72 To Our Best Friend
Episode 3x11, first aired 12/09/1965
Director: Patrick McGoohan
Writer: Ralph Smart
Guest Stars: Donald Houston as Bill Vincent, Ann Bell as Leslie Vincent, T.P. McKenna as Ivan, Jack Allen as Colonel, John Gabriel as Rutledge

Drake's best friend is suspected of being a double agent and Drake is given the unpleasant task of proving it true.

73 The Man on the Beach
Episode 3x12, first aired 12/16/1965
Director: Peter Yates
Writer: Philip Broadley
Guest Stars: Barbara Steele as Cleo, Glyn Houston as Wykes, David Hutcheson as Sir Alan Grose, Peter Hughes as Howes, Clifton Jones as Lyle

The M9 double agent in Jamaica has quite a good life, lying on the beach drinking and cavorting. Drake's bosses are not amused and want him to have a talk.

74 Say It with Flowers
Episode 3x13, first aired 12/23/1965
Director: Peter Yates
Writer: Jacques Gillies
Guest Stars: Ian Hendry as Wallace / Hagen, John Phillips as Dr. Brajanska, Jemma Hyde as Caroline, Harold Kasket as Krummenacher, Martin Wyldeck as Kasser

A freelance agent, dead for at least three months, is still pulling money out of the Swiss account set up for him by M9. They are understandably curious.

75 The Man Who Wouldn't Talk
Episode 3x14, first aired 12/30/1965
Director: Michael Truman
Writers: Donald Jonson, Ralph Smart
Guest Stars: Jane Merrow as Lydia Greshnova, Norman Rodway as Meredith, Ralph Michael as Interrogator, Brian Worth as Forbes, Simon Brent as Peter

The regional agent for M9 in Bulgaria has been pulled in for questioning. Drake must find a way to get him out before he talks.

76 Someone is Liable to Get Hurt
Episode 3x15, first aired 01/06/1966
Director: Michael Truman
Writer: Philip Broadley
Guest Stars: Maurice Denham as Volos, Zia Mohyeddin as Dr. Sawari, Geraldine Moffat as Magda Kallai, Earl Cameron as Chand, John G. Heller as Manuel

As a Caribbean country nears a major election with worries about rigging, the local M9 agent has disappeared so Drake is sent in to find him.

77 Dangerous Secret
Episode 3x16, first aired 01/13/1966
Director: Stuart Burge
Writers: Ralph Smart, Donald Jonson
Guest Stars: Elizabeth Shepherd as Louise Carron, Lyndon Brook as Colin Ashby, Derek Francis as Fenton, John Brooking as Mather, Gordon Whiting as Dark Glasses

The scientist working with deadly viruses has major pacifist leanings and decides his government should not have his work so he flees to France with Drake close behind.

78 I Can Only Offer You Sherry
Episode 3x17, first aired 01/20/1966
Director: George Pollock
Writer: Ralph Smart
Guest Stars: Wendy Craig as Jean Smith, Anthony Newlands as Ma'suud, Bernard Archard as Nubar, Henry Gilbert as Seghir, Tony Jason as Police Sergeant

The most likely source of a leak in a British embassy in the Middle East is a low-level secretary. Drake is sent there to befriend her to find the truth.

79 The Hunting Party
Episode 3x18, first aired 01/27/1966
Director: Pat Jackson
Writer: Philip Broadley
Guest Stars: Moira Lister as Claudia Jordan, Denholm Elliott as Basil Jordan, Edward Underdown as Max Dell, John Welsh as Ross, Alan White as Edwards

Drake once again takes the role of a butler to find out if the man, or more likely his wife, is leaking classified info to the newspapers.

80 Two Birds with One Bullet
Episode 3x19, first aired 03/10/1966
Director: Peter Yates
Writers: Jesse Lasky, Pat Silver
Guest Stars: Geoffrey Keen as Commissioner Winlow, Lelia Goldoni as Pilar Lin, Paul Curran as Dr. Shargis, John Woodvine as Singri Rhamin, Richard O'Sullivan as Aldo Shargis

One of the candidates at an upcoming election on a British Caribbean island colony is set up for assassination by another candidate with the blame being lain at the British feet unless Drake can keep the intended victim alive.

81 I am Afraid You Have the Wrong Number
Episode 3x20, first aired 03/17/1966
Director: George Pollock
Writer: Ralph Smart
Guest Stars: Paul Eddington as Captain Schulman, Jeanne Moody as Leanka, Guy Deghy as Leontine, John Cazabon as Aurel, Fredric Abbott as Stoian

An agent in Geneva may have faked his own death. Drake must go there and find him, all without letting the local officials know either are agents.

82 The Man With the Foot
Episode 3x21, first aired 03/24/1966
Director: Jeremy Summers
Writer: Raymond Bowers
Guest Stars: Bernard Lee as Derringham, Robert Urquhart as Monckton, Paul Curran as Miguel Gomez, Isobel Black as Maruja, Hugh McDermott as Solby

When his cover is revealed on an assignment, Drake is sent on vacation in Spain until everything blows over but someone is following him.

83 The Paper Chase
Episode 3x22, first aired 03/31/1966
Director: Patrick McGoohan
Writers: Philip Broadley, Ralph Smart
Guest Stars: Joan Greenwood as Nandina, Kenneth J. Warren as Eddie Gelb, Aubrey Morris as Tamasio, Ferdy Mayne as Laprade, Simon Lack as Gordon Symonds

When classified documents are stolen from a diplomat's car in Rome, that man, a friend of Drake, calls on him for help in getting them back.

84 Not So Jolly Roger
Episode 3x23, first aired 04/07/1966
Director: Don Chaffey
Writer: Tony Williamson
Guest Stars: Edwin Richfield as Marco Janson, Wilfrid Lawson as Corrigan, Lisa Daniely as Linda Janson, Trisha Noble as Susan Wade, Andrew Faulds as Mullins

A pirate radio station DJ has stated on the air that the station is being used to send info to an enemy submarine. Then he is murdered. Drake must investigate.

85 Koroshi
Episode 4x01, first aired 02/19/1967
Director: Michael Truman
Writer: Norman Hudis
Guest Stars: Yoko Tani as Ako Nakamura, Amanda Barrie as Rosemary, Ronald Howard as Sanders, Burt Kwouk as Tanaka, Jeremy Longhurst as Fortune

The M9 agent had been able to pass along the fact a UN negotiator was set for assassination but the agent is killed before she can provide details. Drake heads to Tokyo where she was stationed.

86 Shinda Shima
Episode 4x02, first aired 02/26/1967
Director: Peter Yates
Writer: Norman Hudis
Guest Stars: Yoko Tani as Miho, Kenneth Griffith as Richards, George Coulouris as Controller, Maxine Audley as Pauline, David Toguri as Commander Yamada

The Japanese island with the spooky name of Shinda Shima ('the Murdered Island') is somehow connected with the sudden retirement of a British electronics expert and a few unexplained deaths. Drake's job is to find the truth.

COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Issues:6
First Appearance:1961
Last Appearance:1966

       The first to produce a comic about John Drake, aka Danger Man or later Secret Agent, was Dell Comics, a leader at that time in producing original works based on other people's intellectual property, licensed of course. This issue was part of its Four Color series which contained hundreds of different titles.
       Next came a comic from the UK, another solo issue containing an impressive 68 pages and from yet another comic company, a two-issue set having a still impressive 48 pages.
       Finally, Gold Key released two comics in 1966 under the tag line of Secret Agent.

1 Danger Man Danger Man
Published by Dell
Contributors: Tony Tallarico (artist)
Copyright: 11/01/1961

'A killer stalks the midway. The assignment of 'danger man' is to stop him.' Several top-level officials of various European countries have been assassinated and the clues point to a traveling circus.

2 Death From A Stranger Death From A Stranger
Published by TV Publications Ltd.

Copyright: 1962

Printed in the book TV Crimbusters. Three crooks were involved in a robbery that netted them $30k. Normally John Drake would not have been brought in but they also got their hands on some top secret documents and that made it his business. The mission takes him to Germany, Spain, and France.

3 Kingdom of Fear Kingdom of Fear
Published by Young World Pub.

Copyright: 1965

'46 pages of 2 black and white cartoon-strip stories'

4 War Against The Mafia War Against The Mafia
Published by Young World Publ.

Copyright: 1965

'46 pages of 2 black and white cartoon-strip stories. With hardback cover.'

5 Danger Man No. 1 Danger Man No. 1
Published by Thorpe & Porter
Contributors: Mick Anglo (artist)
Copyright: 1966

This publication had 4 John Drake adventures:
1. Trouble In Turkey - Dr. Katire is manufacturing synthetic opium and John Drake is sent to stop him.
2. The Spymaster - Basil Dasu is a stamp collector who interest Drake because he was once an arms dealer.
3. Coffins In Spain - In the northwest of Spain along the French border, 6 burials in a month interest Drake.
4. The Collector - A painting by Goya has been traced to Germany where Drake goes to return the stolen art piece.

6 The Panic Package The Panic Package
Published by Gold Key
Contributors: Dick Wood (writer), Bill Lignante (artist)
Copyright: 1966

A military bomber carrying a deadly device crashs in the African jungle and John Drake must find it and the cargo.

7 World-Wide Woman Hunt World-Wide Woman Hunt
Published by Gold Key
Contributors: Dick Wood (writer), Bob Jenney (artist)
Copyright: 1966

A beautiful woman who has information vital to the safety of the West has gone missing somewhere in Europe and Drake is sent to find her.

GAMES

Number of Games:9
First Appearance:1965
Last Appearance:1967

1 Danger Man Danger Man
Boardgame
Bells
Copyright: 1960

"Enemy agents set out to sabotage important installations in different countries. Danger Man, working under cover, has been instructed to frustrate their efforts and, if possible, capture them."
Object of the game: Agents attempt to carry out certain acts of sabotage and avoid capture by placing correct Sabotage and Getaway cards. Danger Man (whose identity is not known to the other players) tries to prevent the crimes and capture the agents.

2 The River Chase The River Chase
Jigsaw Puzzle
Tower Press
Copyright: 1965

1st in a series of 4. 320 pieces with artwork by famous artist Walter Howarth. Depicts a chase scene on a river from the Danger Man series. It was about 17 1/2 x 11 3/8 inches in size.

3 Trouble At The Hotel Trouble At The Hotel
Jigsaw Puzzle
Tower Press
Copyright: 1965

2nd in a series of 4. Depicts a fight scene between John Drake (Patrick McGoohan) and some other men. Is about 17 1/2 X 11 3/8 inches with 320 pieces and artwork by Walter Howarth.

4 A Dangerous Moment A Dangerous Moment
Jigsaw Puzzle
Tower Press
Copyright: 1965

3rd in a series of 4. Depicts Patrick McGoohan as John Drake in a car being chased by an airplane with his gun ready to fire. Artwork is again by British Artist Walter Howarth. About 17 1/2 x 11 3/8 inches with 320 pieces.

5 The Rooftop Adventure The Rooftop Adventure
Jigsaw Puzzle
Tower Press
Copyright: 1965

4th in a series of 4. Measures about 17 1/2 x 11 3/8 inches with 320 pieces. Walter Howarth is the artist who created the artwork. Depicts a scene on a rooftop where John Drake (Patrick McGoohan) and a woman are hiding from the bad guys.

6 Beat This Danger Man Code Beat This Danger Man Code
Code Breaking
World Distributors Limited
Copyright: 1965

From the pages of Danger Man Annual 1966. Break the cipher to reveal the hidden message.

7 Espionage Espionage
Boardgame
World Distributors Limited
Copyright: 1965

From the pages of Danger Man Annual 1966. A game for two or more players. Roll a single die to move along the track. Must throw a 6 to start and must roll an exact number to finish. First to finish wins.

8 John Drake Secret Agent Game John Drake Secret Agent Game
Boardgame
Milton Bradley
Copyright: 1966

For ages 10 to adult. 2-4 players compete in the game where agents must retrieve a briefcase and get it back to HQ.

9 The Secret Agent Game The Secret Agent Game
Boardgame
D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd.
Copyright: 1967

Subtitled "- or catch yourself a villain". From the pages of Diana For Girl 1968 Annual. Six can play this game of spies, other items needed are dice and discs of cardboard with images of the Agents. Select your favorite Agent from John Steed & Emma Peel (The Avengers), James Bond, John Drake (Danger Man) or Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.). Then each player is ready to set out after the villains. The villains are Odd Job (worth 3 Points), Rosa Klebb (worth 6 Points) and Emilio Largo (worth 10 Points). Games is played in 5 rounds and the agent with the highest score is the winner.
The Secret Agent used are pictures as follows;
David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) Agent 1 & 1st Row
Diana Riggs as Emma Peel (The Avengers) Agent 2 & 1st Row
Sean Connery as James Bond (Agent 007) Agent 3 & 1st Row
Patrick McGoohan as John Drake (Danger Man) Agent 4 & 2nd Row
Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo (The Man From U.N.L.E.) Agent 5 & 2nd Row
Patrick Macnee as John Steed (The Avengers) Agent 6 & 2nd Row.
The 3 Villains used are picture as follows;
Harold Sakata as Odd Job (Goldfinger's Henchman) Villain 1
Lotta Lenya as Rosa Klebb (From Russia With Love) Villain 2
Adolfo Celi as Emilio Largo (From the film Thunderball) Villain 3

COLLECTIBLES

Number of Collectibles:1
First Appearance:1960
Last Appearance:1962

1 Danger Man Bubble Gum Cards Danger Man Bubble Gum Cards
Trading Cards
Somportex
Copyright: 1960

According to Danger-Man.co.uk, this series consisted of 72 collectible cards, each card having a black and white scene from the television shows and a description on the back forming a story. At their site, you can see all the individual images as well as read the texts for each.

MY COMMENTS

       The six books that chronicle further adventures of John Drake, Danger Man/Secret Agent, are all original works by several highly experienced espionage writers. Understanding that the writers were limited greatly to what they are could do with the character, nevertheless, they are good stories and worth reading.
       One mark against them, though, is the fact that because they were written by different authors with understandably different takes on the character, the thoughts and responses of Drake to events varies greatly so it is best to gloss over these parts.

GRADE

My Grade: A-

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