The Avengers (1961–1969)
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The Danger Makers 

Someone is organizing a group of danger craving psychopaths. Steed and Mrs. Peel must stop them before their next caper - stealing the crown jewels.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Douglas Wilmer ...
Dr. Long
Colonel Adams
Moray Watson ...
Adrian Ropes ...
Richard Coleman ...
R.A.F. Officer


The avengers are called in when a 60-year old general is killed in a 'chicken run' motor-cycle accident and another officer, having fallen whilst trying to scale St Paul's cathedral, is murdered in hospital whilst under the care of Dr Long. They discover that they were part of a group of disgruntled military men, members of a secret society of the Black Rose, giving themselves code-names based on Greek gods. Bored with peace-time they engage in dangerous and illegal activities and Steed and Emma must identify their leader before they carry out their next caper, the theft of the Crown Jewels. Written by don @ minifie-1

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4 July 1966 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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In the scene where Steed is carefully opening Emma's box of chocolates, a crew member's arm is visible. See more »


Emma Peel: I'm Mrs. Emma Peel, from Willis and Ferguson's. Auctioneers, valuers, specialists in probate.
Major Robertson: Oh yes, do come in. I was told to expect you.
[they shake hands]
Major Robertson: Eh, forgive me, frankly, I was expecting a dusty old man leaning heavily on a gnarled stick.
Emma Peel: I hope you're not disappointed?
Major Robertson: On the contrary.
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Douglas Wilmer and Nigel Davenport
5 March 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"The Danger Makers" is a classic episode, depicting an organization of military veterans who couldn't get used to dull lives as civilians, craving danger as a fix instead of drugs. The mastermind behind the secret group is nicknamed 'Apollo,' whose ultimate goal is to conduct the crime of the century, stealing the crown jewels from the Tower of London! (already attempted by George Zucco's Professor Moriarty in 1939's "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes"). Speaking of Holmes, this would be the lone entry for then current Sherlock Douglas Wilmer, who would immediately follow up with the role of Sir Nayland Smith opposite Sir Christopher Lee in 1966's "The Brides of Fu Manchu" and 1967's "The Vengeance of Fu Manchu." One of Patrick Macnee's finest moments has a limping Nigel Davenport understandably shaking while trying to dispatch an unperturbed Steed (he would try again in "Split!"), while Adrian Ropes, unceremoniously gunned down with Steed close by, would return for both "From Venus with Love" and "Whoever Shot Poor George Oblique Stroke XR40?" The climax is indeed the stuff of legend, as the luscious leather-clad Emma Peel walks the plank, one of the defining moments for delectable Diana Rigg (earlier at one point, Macnee does a hilarious double take upon viewing Emma's latest costume, advising her to show the phrenologist her "bumps!") Steed really does care for Emma, and it shows in the stars' wonderful chemistry.

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