In ‘Do Not Forsake Me’ Number 6 went running back to the people he turned his back on when he resigned from the department, because he saw them as being the only ones who could help him in his current predicament! He went back to the office where he handed in his letter of resignation and there behind the desk sat Jonathon Peregrine Danvers whose name ZM73 is quite happy to use. Then again perhaps Danvers isn’t important enough to have a code name! Then another chap, PR12 arrives on the scene and asks the man his name.
“Code or real?”
“In France Duval, in Germany Schmitt, you would know me best as ZM Seventy-three, and your name is PR Twelve.”
So it appears that ZM73 has a code name to coincide with the particular country he’s in at the time. What’s more it appears that even a person’s real name is not used even between friends, and former colleagues. They are very careful types in British Intelligence! And between lovers? Even Janet Portland didn’t use ZM73’s name, not even when she realized who the man was after the man he gave her that special message and she held him in her arms.
“Who else could have given you that message?”
“Wouldn’t you say nobody but you? I need your faith.”
“Nobody but you.”
I would have thought Janet would have used his first name during that scene of intimacy……but no. Whether or not she went on to use his name we shall never know because the camera fades out!
It appears that even with his mind wrongly housed in the Colonel’s body ZM73’s handwriting remains the same. And so it appears that in the tender love scene, ZM73 still kisses as himself!
Footnote: Further to the non use of the Prisoner’s name, in ‘Many Happy Returns,’ he is quite happy to use the Colonel’s first name James, and Thorpe’s surname, Thorpe who doesn’t use his ex-colleague’s name at all. And although the Prisoner considers himself to be on first name terms with the Colonel, the Colonel gets away with not using his ex-colleague’s name by calling him Number Six by way of a black joke!
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