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The Winged Avenger 

Several businessmen have been killed, the murderer having apparently clawed them to death so that the initial suspect is an author who owns a bird of prey and had a grudge against a victim ... See full summary »

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Several businessmen have been killed, the murderer having apparently clawed them to death so that the initial suspect is an author who owns a bird of prey and had a grudge against a victim who ran a publishing house. However, the discovery of a comic called 'The Winged Avenger' featuring a super-hero is found by the latest victim. And could the invention of Professor Poole, boots that allow the wearer to climb walls and scale ceilings, be involved? Written by don @ minifie-1

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17 February 1967 (USA)  »

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The climactic fight scene concludes with an homage to the Batman (1966) TV series, with music similar to that used in the credits and "sound effects" written in the same style - quite in keeping with the comic book theme of this episode. See more »

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When Mrs. Peel is fighting the Winged Avenger, a chair is dislodged from Professor Poole's ceiling-mounted office. The chair wobbles in mid-air on its way down, indicating that it is, in fact, being pulled upwards by a wire. See more »

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Professor Poole: Why do you persist in bothering me, why can't you leave me alone? Wasn't the dodo warning enough?
John Steed: Dodo?
Professor Poole: Wouldn't leave that alone. Now it's extinct. Gone And so have I.
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Literate Moments Highlight The Avengers' Mastery Of A Dangerous Situation.
23 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

Filmed in December 1966, this enjoyable episode from the initial season shot in colour (number five) of The Avengers is a well directed and adroitly performed affair, in addition to being one of the most favoured from the entire series with Avenger devotees, due in large part to its link with another popular medium, that of comic books, and additionally for being the source of the "EEE-URP" outcry that has become an oral signature distinguishing fans of secret agents John Steed and Mrs. (Emma) Peel. Each session of Season number five is noted for its cleverly inscribed "Mrs. Peel, we're needed", an announcement that directly followed the episode title, in this instance appearing within a corner of a canvas upon which an artistic Emma (Diana Rigg) is daubing. Steed (Patrick Macnee) then describes the mystery to which the two must find a solution: several obviously related killings of prominent business executives under bizarre circumstances. Corpses continue to appear with regularity, and it becomes a matter of great urgency that the pair of Avengers renew their polished means of detection in order to send death upon a holiday. Esteemed British cartoonist Frank Bellamy created panels for the storyline that dramatically segue into live action, while tribute is made to the contemporaneous United States based comic book and television hero, Batman, and included is some purloined Batman themed riffing within the Laurie Johnson score. Since a comic book featuring "The Winged Avenger" is conveniently discarded near one of the homicide victims, the connection is clear. As is generally the case with Avengers films, magnificent estates serve as scenario settings; for this chapter, Stanmore Hall in South Shropshire, as well as High Canons in Well End, near Saint Alban's in Hertfordshire. John Steed's quarters, at "3 Stable Mews", also placed in Hertfordshire, hosts a good deal of the planning for Avenger strategy. A top-flight performance from Rigg gains for her the acting laurels here, as is her custom, she ad libs to good effect, and treats viewers to her fetching Head Upon A Steed Shoulder at one point. Albeit that continuity is inconsistent, the climactic moments, when the Forces of Evil face defeat, are of above Avengers standard quality, and the duo's battle cry is born herein: EEE-URP!


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