The Avengers: Season 5, Episode 9

The Correct Way to Kill (17 Mar. 1967)

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Somebody is systematically killing off foreign agents and Steed, who is initially implicated, declares a truce and calls on his Russian opposite number, Nutski. Along with Soviet agents ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Philip Madoc ...
Terence Alexander ...
Mr. 'Percy' Percival
Graham Armitage ...
Algernon 'Algy' Wynche
Timothy Bateson ...
Dr. Hubert Merryweather
Joanna Marie Jones ...
Hilda (as Joanna Jones)
J. Nathan Winters
John G. Heller ...
Boris Groski


Somebody is systematically killing off foreign agents and Steed, who is initially implicated, declares a truce and calls on his Russian opposite number, Nutski. Along with Soviet agents Anna and Ivan the Avengers discover SNOB, an exceedingly English gentlemen's club with murderously patriotic members. Written by don @ minifie-1

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John Steed: How I envy you working cheek by jowl with Ivan.
Emma Peel: I can assure you my cheek will be nowhere near his jowl.
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Michael Gough in color remake of "The Charmers"
19 March 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"The Correct Way to Kill" was the first remake of a Cathy Gale episode ("The Charmers"), and would be followed by two more, "The Joker" (remake of "Don't Look Behind You") and "The 50,000 Breakfast" (remake of "Death of a Great Dane"). This one lacks the 'charm' (pun intended) of the original, substituting an actual, no-nonsense Soviet agent (Anna Quayle) for the sexy actress (Fenella Fielding) posing as an agent, who thought that Steed was just an author of adventure stories, rather than the real thing. Series veteran Philip Madoc ("The Decapod," "Six Hands Across a Table," "Death of a Batman," "My Wildest Dream") gets shortchanged as well, as the Russian Ivan, sent to kill Steed in the mistaken belief that he is the one who has been bumping off enemy agents (Steed: "I haven't killed anyone all week!"). Michael Gough, unforgettable in "The Cybernauts," replaces Warren Mitchell as Nutski, Ivan's superior, who suggests a swap of agents, Ivan with Mrs. Peel, and Steed coupled with Olga Vilovski (Quayle, unfortunately dour and humorless). Things go pretty much the same way as before, with a few surprises, the best when Mrs. Peel breaks into Nutski's safe and finds photos of Steed, marked "Dangerous-Handle with Care," and herself, marked "Very Dangerous-Do Not Handle at All!" which brings a VERY pleased smile to her face! Emma also shows a rare jealous side as Steed discusses his evening with Olga (it was nearly always Steed who showed his jealousy-can't says I blame him!). The exciting swordfighting climax again takes place at the charm school, which here is called SNOB! (Sociability, Nobility, Omnipotence, Breeding). Also on hand are Terence Alexander ("The Town of No Return" and "Love All"), Peter Barkworth ("Kill the King," "The Medicine Men," "The Morning After"), Graham Armitage ("Quick-Quick Slow Death), Timothy Bateson ("Have Guns-Will Haggle"), Joanna Jones ("All Done with Mirrors"), and John G. Heller ("Man-Eater of Surrey Green" and "Split!").

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