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Secret Agent

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Duration:
49 min (47 episodes)
Genres:
Action | Adventure | Crime | Mystery | Thriller
IMDB rate:
8.4
Details
Country: UK
Release Date: 1965-04-03
Filming Locations: MGM British Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England, UK
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Trivia
Contrary to some reviews of this series that appeared in the 1960s and in fact more recent reviews from the 1990s and 2000s, this was one of the least violent spy series ever created for television. Its hero rarely if ever carried a gun and during the course of the series never shot anyone to death (though in at least one episode Drake pretends to as part of a ruse, and he does so again in a dream sequence in another episode). Villains usually were left alive at the end, with some exceptions, which was also a rarity for the genre. (Drake wrestles with Papa Camille for a handgun. Drake turns the handgun into Papa Camille's chest and fires, killing him.)
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Different opening credits sequences were devised for the original UK broadcasts, with episodes alternating between them. One shows Drake walking towards the camera in negative, then a sharp closeup of his eyes in positive. The second sequence starts with a closeup of Drake's eyes, then pulls back on a photograph of his complete face.
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When at home in London, Drake drives an Austin Mini Cooper S, registration number 731 HOP; although undetectable in monochrome the colour scheme was Smoke Grey/Old English White. The car was deliberately chosen as a more speedy and inconspicuous vehicle than those preferred by contemporary fictional agents like James Bond or John Steed.
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Photos from cast
Judy Geeson Peter Arne Wendy Craig Susan Hampshire Ronald Howard Margaret Nolan Moira Redmond Jeremy Spenser
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