Two undercover agents are shot at Q.Q.F. Incorporated but one survives long enough to clue in Steed and Peel. So, Steed visits the Quite Quite Fantastic office (where fantasies are made to ... See full summary »

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Two undercover agents are shot at Q.Q.F. Incorporated but one survives long enough to clue in Steed and Peel. So, Steed visits the Quite Quite Fantastic office (where fantasies are made to come true) while Emma looks into B. Bumble's honey shop. They soon surmise that someone is aiming for Prince Ali of Barabia, who is visiting London with his harem of 320 wives. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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26 March 1966 (UK)  »

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Some sources claim that an uncredited Yaphet Kotto appears as one of the harem guards. But as Kotto was building a career in Hollywood at the time, it is unlikely that he would work as an extra in a British production simultaneously. See more »

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Obvious stunt double for Steed when fighting Vincent. See more »

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Ponsonby-Hopkirk: [trying to surmise Steed's favourite fantasy] Got it! You're a secret agent. Yes indeed, ideal for you. License to kill. Pitting your wits against a diabolical master mind. Make a change from your every day humdrum existence, wouldn't it?
John Steed: [laughs] Yes, it certainly'd make a change.
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Murder when fantasy becomes reality
7 February 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As this, the final black and white episode, opens we see two men entering strangely decorated room; one rubs an 'Aladdin's Lamp' and a man appears in a puff of smoke; he is no genie though; he is a killer with a sub-machinegun! One of the men survives long enough to get to Steed's home; he mentions genie, or possibly Jeanie, and honey before dying. These clues ultimately lead Mrs Peel and Steed to honey maker B. Bumble and the QQF (Quite, Quite Fantastic) company. The latter, Steed learns, is a company that will make ones fantasy a reality; whether you want to climb Everest, be the heavy weight champion of the world or assassinate somebody; it is of course all an act but somebody is intending to use the fantasy created by QQF as a blueprint for assassinating the visiting Prince of Barabia. Steed goes to warn him but can't get into the harem, where the attack is due to take place, so Mrs Peel must become his 321nd wife!

'The Avengers' is nearly always a bit silly but this episode is utterly ridiculous; and that is why it is so much fun. The idea that a fantasy assassination could be used in reality is laughable but that doesn't matter; we have entertaining villains; one who, for most of the episode, is being massaged by an unspeaking beauty and the other who is off killing people. The revelation that the Prince is really a cricket obsessive was fun but nothing compared to his reaction to seeing Mrs Peel perform the dance of the seven veils… so good he immediately offered Steed several goats for her! This also proved an excuse to put Mrs Peel in her skimpiest costume yet; any smaller and it would have been indecent! The cast do a fine job; managing to play it fairly straight despite the silliness of the story. Overall I really enjoyed this episode's delightful silliness although I'm sure some will feel it is too silly even for 'The Avengers'.


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