- Paperback: 339 pages
- Publisher: Tomahawk Press; 1 edition (Dec 31 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0953192644
- ISBN-13: 978-0953192649
- Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 1.9 x 17.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 771 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,127,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Patrick McGoohan: Danger Man or Prisoner? Paperback – Dec 31 2007
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About the Author
Roger Langley is the organiser of Six of One - The Prisoner Appreciation Society, and author of several books on the populat TV series.
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In this light this book is an unbelievable outcome. 330 pages of fine print, plenty pictures and (too many) footnotes tell you about everything there is to know about Patrick McGoohan and his work.
The title is very well chosen as it becomes clear while reading that Mr. Mcgoohan is not exactly a cuddly person, though very interesting and thought provoking.
The Prisoner is imho the culmination of his work and to read all the ins and outs of McGoohan's personal involvement is a treat beyond excitement.
Roger Langley is THE author, period. And that fact is a mixed blessing. Langley probably has better knowledge of his subject than any other would-be biographer, but it is still incomplete and sketchy knowledge with regard to Patrick McGoohan's personality and motivations. That sketchiness is reflected in the hodgepodge organization of the very disparate material assembled for the book.
Don't get me wrong: there is plenty of good information in this volume. But you'll have to work to make sense of it. And, while I would have preferred to see some of the photographs reproduced a bit larger or more clearly, the fact remains that most of us would never have a chance to run across most of those photos on our own, so I'm glad for them.
It's not a bad book. It's just not as good as it could have been if someone like Peter Falk really HAD been one of the authors and shared his insights with us. If you don't buy it with that expectation in mind, you probably will find it an adequate read.
Langley has written about his subject or idol really, in complete detail or about as much detail as any author will ever get. The fact that forty years later the most controversial TV series to ever come out of Britain is still causing viewers to rage or cheer, well you just have to commend McGoohan for being so different. Back in the mid-1960's when I myself saw the show on Britain's ITV channel, we all thought it was going to be some kind of follow-up to his previous hit spy show DANGER MAN. WRONG!!!
THE PRISONER was at least 25 years ahead of it's time really, although for many it offered a meaning that I don't think even McGoohan intended. Like most things it's all very subjective. A painter can throw a bottle of ketchup against a wall and there are those who will say what an inspired creation whilst you or I will say what a piece of s***! In this case Patrick McGoohan is the artist and although the fame he derived from it was both a blessing and a curse as Langley so well describes, he never made a single penny from it.
Anyway, whether for you McGoohan is DANGER MAN, THE PRISONER, Dr.SYN, the warden from ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ or any of the other numerous roles he has played, here is the ONLY book that will let you visit him!