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When Patrick McGoohan first hit UK screens starring as Danger Man in 1960 and as 'No 6' in cult show The Prisoner audiences were struck by his charisma. Industry insiders hailed the arrival of an enigmatic genius and Hollywood beckoned. But who was this man who had worked as a chicken farmer and bank clerk before becoming a hugely successful actor?

In this up-to-date biography, Rupert Booth reveals the true character of a man whose off-screen behaviour was as compelling as his fiery on-screen persona. Why was he so puritanical? Refusing to even kiss a woman for any part he played? Why was he so controlling over his work in The Prisoner and other productions?

A timely exploration of the man whose declaration 'I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, de-briefed or numbered' continues to resonate with audiences decades after it was first uttered with such conviction.


Rupert Booth is an actor and writer living in London. He co-owns the production company Wildeyes TVand is currently working on several books in his spare time. In 2004 he co-wrote with Jon Blum, the first Powys Media's series of Prisoner spin-off novels which was received to critical acclaim and he has been a fan of Patrick McGoohan since he saw the series.

He is now developing a comedy series with Bob Mortimer, is passionate about green issues and has grand plans to build an entirely sustainable house which he has yet to find a name for.


‘He was meant to become the first James Bond … Now a revealing new biography tells of a destructive Jekyll and Hyde persona that governed his life.’ – The Daily Express

‘Many people have tried to reach a conclusion about the sort of person that Patrick McGoohan really was. For the first time, Rupert Booth may well have found the answer.’ – Rick Davy, The Unmutual Prisoner Website

‘Prickly, controlling, fiercely puritanical … this well-researched work offers compelling insights into the man who could have been Bond had he not had problems with gunplay and foreplay and whose idea of gentle encouragement on The Prisoner set was to bark ‘get it done!’ – Total Film