"Swingin' on the Riviera One Day"
Few know that a native New Yorker was offered the role of Jame Bond before Sean Connery, the definitive British super spy!
Few know that the famed Secret Agent
song was the theme for the native New Yorker's TV show, not for that Bond guy!
"Shaken, Not Stirred"
Patrick McGoohan was a suave "British" actor, born in Queens, NY
and raised in Ireland. He "was the first actor offered the part of Bond, but he turned it down [He was more serious about his "roles" as a Catholic and as a husband.]
He felt that Bond’s womanizing and killing were immoral" (Collin Cleary, 2002
"Be Seeing You"
McGoohan may be best known for his portrayal of "# 6" on British television's The Prisoner
, which was broadcast on American TV as a 1968 summer replacement. I recall watching that strange series as a very confused nine year old with my Irish born dad.
"Here is the premise: A secret agent—whose name is never revealed in the entire series—angrily resigns his job and prepares to leave the U.K. on holiday. Unbeknownst to him, however, he is followed home by a man in a hearse, who knocks him unconscious using some kind of gas. When the secret agent awakens, he is in his own bedroom, but when he looks out the window, he finds that he is in a strange, cosmopolitan little town. He discovers that he is being held prisoner in this place, which is known only as 'the Village.' No one is referred to by name, only by number. The inhabitants wear colorful costumes, and spend a good deal of time parading and having fun, yet they are all curiously soulless. Underneath the Village is a complex of underground control rooms, from which a vast bureaucracy watches the Villagers’ every move using sophisticated electronic surveillance equipment" (Collin Cleary, 2002)
Though "The Prisoner," has a cult following to this day, I am more intrigued by the actor than by his character.
"I am Not a Number; I am a Free Man."
When "The Prisoner" was re-made in 2009
, it is extremely interesting to note that it once again starred a devout Catholic. I suspect that tells us more about these actors than the part they played.