• Jan 18, 2009


As you may or may not be aware, this week saw the passing of not one, but two greats from the world of entertainment. Patrick McGoohan died at the age of 80 in Santa Monica last Tuesday. He is of course best known for his work on The Prisoner, which he co-created, starred in, and executive-produced. (McGoohan would also end up writing and/or directing several episodes.) He famously turned down the roles of James Bond and Simon Templar (The Saint), and his career went on to include memorable turns in films such as Escape From Alcatraz, Ice Station Zebra and Braveheart. He'd also go on to win a pair of Emmys for guest-starring on Columbo; the first a 1974 episode, and the second a 1990 telemovie. Still, his signature role was and remains The Prisoner's Number Six, and so we present that show's opening sequence above. After all, McGoohan piloting a Lotus Seven through London is certainly appropriate to this venue, don't you think? Rest in Peace, Patrick.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I always like that opening!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The long opening was only in the pilot episode I believe - subsequent episodes had a shorter version.

      That's how I plan to quit my job after hitting the lotto. Of course, I'll have to buy a Lotus first.


      • 6 Years Ago
      The Prisoner was and remains timeless. Traffic Enforcement Cameras; Mileage Tracking via GPS that is proposed by Oregon and other "green" states; CAFE standards; "discouraging" people out of SUVs, sports cars; and other efforts to control the individual with big government is the future that Patrick McGoohan was warning us all against.

      Patrick not only starred in the show, but he conceived of the show, directed, and wrote many of the episodes. If you want a REAL look at elections, find the episode, "Free For All." "The people want change!" "They want a man of the people!" (Sound familiar???) As you see the coverage of the Obama inauguration, you might want to think about this McGoohan line from Free For All: "all dictators are elected"
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Prisoner was one of the best shows to ever air; never underestimating the intelligence of the audience (The Hills, I'm talking to you.) and complex enough to bring about different interpretations each viewing. Patrick was a genius and will be greatly missed.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Number 6: Where am I?
        Number 2: In the Village.
        Number 6: What do you want?
        Number 2: We want information.
        Number 6: Whose side are you on?
        Number 2: That would be telling. We want information... information... information.
        Number 6: You won't get it.
        Number 2: By hook or by crook, we will.
        Number 6: Who are you?
        Number 2: The new Number 2.
        Number 6: Who is Number 1?
        Number 2: You are Number 6.
        Number 6: I am not a number, I am a free man.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Awesome.
      • 6 Years Ago
      He drove a neat Citroen in an early 1970's episode of "Columbo".
      • 6 Years Ago
      Too bad I never watched "The Prisoner"--don't know why because it looks like it was great. I guess I didn't pay much attention to TV in 1974.

      Great opening sequence, but what really dates it is the typewriter typing the "X"s.
      A typewriter........like a ringing phone, a thing of the distant past.