The Butler, does he have a name? He must have had a name once upon a time, that is something he has in common with the Prisoner, a name never once heard spoken. He must surely have a number, yet he does not wear it, which is something else he has in common with the Prisoner, because they are both allowed to get away with it. And yet unlike the Prisoner, the Butler is never referred to by his number, in fact he’s hardly referred to at all, save when Number 2 wants something like some tea, coffee, or breakfast served. Our friend the Butler does have one other thing in common with Number 6, he can pilot a helicopter! It appears that the Butler and Number 6 are not so very much different, only in stature. Originally the Butler was to have been over 6 feet in height, and with a voice, that would have made the two even more like each other. But of course Patrick McGoohan’s ego couldn’t allow the possibility of being over shadowed by a character possibly as good as, if not better than himself. Hence the casting of Angelo Muscat, who made the Butler a more intriguing character. And yet the Butler is one of four constants in ‘the Prisoner,’ along with the Prisoner Patrick McGoohan, the Supervisor played by Peter Swanwick, and Rover-The Village Guardian!
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