Secret Agent (1964–1967)
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To Our Best Friend 

Drake is sent to Bagdad as there appears to be a leak coming from one of his best friends. He sets a trap for his friend, which is sprung. When his friend vehemently denies his involvement, Drake must go looking for somebody else.


Patrick McGoohan


Ralph Smart, Ralph Smart (series devised by)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick McGoohan ... John Drake
Donald Houston ... Bill Vincent
Ann Bell ... Leslie Vincent
T.P. McKenna ... Ivan
Jack Allen ... Colonel
John Gabriel John Gabriel ... Rutledge
Roderick Lovell Roderick Lovell ... Bertrand
Robert Rietty Robert Rietty ... Translator
Gita Denise Gita Denise ... Natalie
Julian Sherrier ... Sayyed
Christopher Sandford ... Phelps
Frederick Farley Frederick Farley ... Solomin
Cyril Cross Cyril Cross ... Poltyev
Simon Brent Simon Brent ... Watcher
Brian Weske ... Simpson


Drake is sent to Bagdad as there appears to be a leak coming from one of his best friends. He sets a trap for his friend, which is sprung. When his friend vehemently denies his involvement, Drake must go looking for somebody else.

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Release Date:

5 February 1966 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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John Drake: Let me tell you the story of your life; you were born - shall we say, um - north of here.
Ivan: You know exactly where I was born.
John Drake: You showed great promise in school - particularly in languages. One day, a stranger came to interview you, and you said 'goodbye' to your parents, and went to Moscow. You took an intensive course in the English language. You didn't know why then, and presently another stranger came to see you and you were sent on a long journey - into the Steppes. You came across a small ...
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Oh Shenandoah
Traditional American folk song
Performed by Donald Houston
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May We See Your Spy Gadgets, Please
31 March 2015 | by CoastalCruiserSee all my reviews

I am befuddled here because the opposition has spy gadgets in this episode, and if you've been following my reviews cataloging the various spyware employed by Secret Agent John Drake, I've only been recording his gadgets. Hmm.. what to do?

Well let's start by covering Drake's spy gear. He shows up in this episode with his first bug sweeper; a spy device that detects the opposition's spy devices... namely, eavesdropping equipment. It's a handy little gadget that looks like a cigarette case. I would guess that its the same prop used in 'Loyalty Always Pays', which in the cigarette case was a radio receiver with an earpiece on a pull out tether. They appear to have simply swapped the earpiece tip for a bug sensor.

Drake also gets to deploy one of his exploding cigars! In past episodes we saw one other exploding cigar (Loyalty Always Pays), and an exploding pipe (English Lady Takes Lodgers). But in fact those two prior devices were more smoke bombs, and didn't really "explode". However the cigar in this episode seems to actually blow up and makes a flash of light and some noise. No real harm done though, and It's enough to allow our hero to once again daze and confuse the enemy long enough to disarm them. ;>

OK. I've decided. We're not going to catalog enemy spyware, BUT, it is worth a mention, especially in this episode. A female member of the opposition has a covert tape recorder like John's. But rather than disguise it as an electric razor (women didn't need to shave in the 60's), the gadget nerds fit the recorder into a makeup compact. Cute! The bad guys also have a big radio set for phoning home all the intelligence they've gathered. Nothing special there.

Finally... once again.. our dear spy master shows that although he avoids bedding the women on the show... he has a soft spot for them.. even if they are one of the 'bad guys'. You'll see when you watch.


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