John Steed and his new accomplices Purdey and Gambit find themselves facing new and deadly dangers in the bizarre world of espionage. Mixing fantasy with a darker edge, the trio face ... See full summary »
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 John Steed (26 episodes, 1976-1977)
Gareth Hunt ...
 Mike Gambit (26 episodes, 1976-1977)
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 Purdey (26 episodes, 1976-1977)
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John Steed and his new accomplices Purdey and Gambit find themselves facing new and deadly dangers in the bizarre world of espionage. Mixing fantasy with a darker edge, the trio face mutated giant rats, flocks of killer birds and fanatical mysterious monks. Later episodes find Steed's loyalty under question and an increasing number of assignments overseas. Written by Gareth Humphreys <jgh94@aber.ac.uk>

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The last four episodes were made in Canada, under a production agreement that kept the second season afloat after the French co-producers failed to come up with all the promised finance. These episodes, dubbed "The New Avengers in Canada", are considered the worst of the series. Brian Clemens said "Canada is the worst place to film anything, it's such an empty sort of nothing. I'd rather have shot them in Los Angeles, which at least has an identity, but Canada always looked like Milton Keynes with snow." See more »

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The final half-dozen episodes begin with a brief title sequence bearing the title "The New Avengers in Canada", prior to the teaser. The episodes otherwise retain their regular opening credits. See more »

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Steed, Purdey and Gambit on top form. the 70's rock.

The New Avengers, seven years after the original series stopped. Three instead of Two, 70's instead of 60's, Flares instead of slacks. Those are the differences in the two brilliant programmes. Steed is now in his 50's and fatter and slower, Gambit is a suave action man played by Gareth Hunt with excellent wit and charm, He is the action man of the series partly because Steed is old. Purdey the new girl played by Joanna Lumley looks stunning as a sexy super spy who combats crime with Gambit. Sexual tension also builds up between them.

26 eposides of pure action, drama, comedy and style. The first eposide is one of the best, with a guest appearance from Peter Cushing, battling against Neo Nazi's in Scotland. Yet the last eposide was one of the worst in the series, filmed in Canada the team has to keep a hand print safe on the top of a car. A sad demise of such an excellent series.

Guest appearances from Peter Cushing, Lewis Collins, Martin Shaw and others. Cool action scenes and car chases. Laurie Johnson provides a superb incidental music score. Brian Clemens makes the most of what he has and makes excellent stories and narrative.This is a very good series that has turned into a cult classic, a classic in any crime and action fans list. 10 out of 10.


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