I’d always been curious about TARGET FOR TONIGHT(U.S. only) by Richard Telfair. Published by Dell in the early sixties, when I read it, I was surprised to find that John Drake was an American agent. Odd. In researching this post, I learned that the first season was apparently American financed and shown here on CBS in 1961 as a summer replacement for Wanted: Dead Or Alive. Popular everywhere else, when they couldn’t get American financing for the second year, it was canceled.
An aside. Research also says McGoohan turned down the roles of James Bond and Simon Templar for moral reasons. He wanted a more family friendly show. John Drake never romanced the woman, never carried a gun, and did get into a few fist fights.
Over the next two years, a few things happened. The shows popularity in the rest of the world continued to grow. Fans were clamoring for new episodes. The Avengers had started and was popular on British television.
And the film Doctor No was released!
When the decision was made for more episodes, Drake morphed into a British agent and the rest is history. It retained the Danger Man title in the U. K., but became Secret Agent in the U. S., Destination Danger in France, and John Drake in other markets.
UPDATE: I should have included this the first time: