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08:00 am - In Passing -- Patrick McGoohan
As many flisters have noted: Patrick McGoohan has died.

Fascinating quote from The Guardian obituary: From 1960, McGoohan played in 86 episodes [of Danger Man]. At around this time, he turned down the chance to play James Bond in the first Bond movie, Dr No, seeing the Bond character as a stock gunman who treated women badly.

Danger Man, aka Secret Agent in the States, is still one of my great loves. I admire The Prisoner, but oh, John Drake is my kind of spy. And does anyone remember Dr Syn, the Scarecrow of Romney Marsh? I see it was released on DVD for about a minute and a half last year... McGoohan was always so wonderful as 'two-sided' men, whose interior didn't quite match his exterior (one of my character kinks).

May he be remembered well.

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From:wildrider
Date:January 15th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
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I absolutely LOVED Dr. Syn. I remember watching it when it was first broadcast (Wonderful World of Disney!) - and I tried to catch it on DVD but didn't have the money. I may have to go looking for it used or something...

To Patrick McGoohan!
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From:laurawise
Date:January 15th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
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To Patrick McGoohan!

Dr Syn is INCREDIBLY expensive right now, even used... I will have to put it on my Amazon list, there to languish until a happier, less expensive day. ;-)

[hugs]
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From:wildrider
Date:January 16th, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
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That does happen with Disney DVDs! However, I found THIS -- and if I have a little extra come payday...

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From:laurawise
Date:January 16th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
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Wow... I'll have to check again in a week or two, when I have a little more in my bank account! Thank you so much for the link. :-)

More joy!
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From:wildrider
Date:January 16th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
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Good luck!!!
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From:anne_d
Date:January 15th, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
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John Drake was one of my first crushes, the other being John Steed (what can I say, I like Brits). McGoohan will be sadly missed.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 15th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
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You have fabulous taste, A. :-)

Hugs!
From:gwynnega
Date:January 15th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
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Wow, I'm boggling at the notion of McGoohan as Bond--and I kinda love that he turned down the role.

I really need a McGoohan icon...

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:January 15th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
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I love that he turned down the role FOR THAT REASON.

It's like the way Patrick Macnee wanted Steed in The Avengers to use a gun as little as possible, because his WWII experiences made him very uninterested in that kind of cinematic guns-as-entertainment-rather-than-weapon.

Anyway, HUGS and more joy, Gwynne!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:January 16th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the link...McGoohan was my first crush and I kept right on adoring him through the years.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 16th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
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He sounds like a wonderfully difficult man in all the best ways. (And we know I have a weakness for smart, difficult men... ;-))

Hugs and joy, ALH! Hugs and joy!
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From:heron_pose
Date:January 18th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
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Oh, "Dr. Syn" was my favourite Sunday night Disney of all time! (I dunno if it got released over here in any other form, until DVD, do you?)

And, yeah, the Prisoner in general is more to be admired than loved, I think.

But most of all thank you, thank you for passing along his reaction to Bond. I always *want* to love it more than I can.

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:January 18th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
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Apparently there are a couple of old videos of Dr Syn floating around, but Disney (in its shortsightedness) did that limited-release thing for both the video and DVD. At the moment, Amazon is selling copies for $50+. [blinks] And although TCM just did a Month of Live-Action Disney, I didn't see Dr Syn on their schedule.

There are elements about Bond I adore, but... much as I love Brosnan's version... there's a great deal that's off-putting, too.

[hugs hugs]

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