There is a quietness fallen over the village today, an atmosphere which is different to what it was. Last evening the death of Patrick McGoohan was announced.
And last night there was a brief mention on both the 7 oclock news on Channel 4, and less than 30 seconds at the end of "News Night" on
This morning the newspapers all appear to carry either an article on Patrick McGoohan, or an obituary. I've even found Patrick's obituary on-line at the Los Angeles Times, and New York Times.
I have a record of the Prisoner music playing on the gramophone as I type this. Not that I'm feeling sad, because I'm not, I have to say that. And when fans write that they will miss him, well in all probability, the majority of fans, they like me, never met Patrick McGoohan. And to say that the world is not the same place, well that's.... of course it is. And if you put the Prisoner on
DVD or video, there he is Patrick McGoohan, just as he was when you last watched the series.
I suppose I feel so unaffected by Patrick McGoohan's death because I never met the man. I did meet Patrick McGoohan's stunt double Frank Maher, and to be honest I felt more sad about his death because I had met the man. Frank was more approachable than Patrick McGoohan has ever been. That's not talking ill of the dead, just stating plain facts.
The Prisoner will go on just as it has for years when Patrick McGoohan lived in
cut off from the fans of the series he created. Yet having said that, if it had not been for McGoohan and the Prisoner, well perhaps my own life would have been so different. He brought something to people's lives with the Prisoner, but somehow I don't think he expected anyone to take Prisoner appreciation to such extremes. America
I'm Johnny Prisoner
The death of Patrick McGoohan, better known to us here in the Village as Number Six, has hit the news headlines this morning, after the news broke last evening. He died after a short illness, Sharif Ali, McGoohan's agent is reported in the
saying "He really didn't talk much about his illness. We were too busy talking about his future, he was excited to get back to work. He had so much more to give." Los Angeles
Patrick McGoohan will be missed by his family and friends. His fans will mourn his loss, and the Village have lost a prize prisoner who never gave anything away if he could help it.
Death Is An Escape
The news of the death of a prized citizen of the village broke last evening. Number Six, who kept the secret of his resignation to the last. A man who was defiant, at times Unmutual. Who fought, resisted coercion, held fast, maintained his individuality, such was this man of steel so magnificently equipped to lead the village. But who all through his life he resisted the village.
Has Number Six finally escaped? There are those who would say that death is an escape. But I dare say Number Six will always be "with us." He will be remembered by those who knew him, by those who thought they knew him, and by those who tried to break him, to find his breaking point.
Had Number Six merely given Number Two what he wanted to know, then life here in the village could have been so very different for the Prisoner. But it was not in the nature of the man simply to "give in." The words first uttered upon his arrival here in the Village so long ago by the Prisoner "I am not a number. I am a free man," will echo around the Village for many years to come.
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