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Have Guns - Will Haggle 

When three thousand army rifles are stolen Steed suspects the visiting Colonel Nsonga, who is planning a revolution in his home country in Africa. Actually a mercenary woman called Adriana ... See full summary »

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When three thousand army rifles are stolen Steed suspects the visiting Colonel Nsonga, who is planning a revolution in his home country in Africa. Actually a mercenary woman called Adriana has the guns, which she auctions off to the highest bidder. This turns out to be Nsonga and the chase leads to the grounds of Adriana's house where the arms are stored and due to be tested on a human target - Miss King! Written by don @ minifie-1

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1 May 1968 (USA)  »

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"Have Guns - Will Haggle" is a reworking of "Invitation To A Killing," the original story intended to introduce Tara King. It was produced by John Bryce who was originally set to take over as main producer on series 7. However, after shooting most of three episodes, Brian Clemens and Albert Fennell were asked to return. It is unclear how much material from "Invitation To A Killing" survived in the rewritten version by Clemens and Fennell. See more »

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Tara King: How's your friend, Colonel Nsonga?
John Steed: He is not my friend. We didn't actually meet. I opened his safe, of course.
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Spoofs Have Gun - Will Travel (1957) See more »

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Indifferent reworking of "Invitation to a Killing"
9 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

"Have Guns-Will Haggle" was one of three rejected Tara King episodes shot prior to "The Forget-Me-Knot," all of which were reworked before eventual broadcast. This one began life under the title "Invitation to a Killing," but the plot doesn't justify the original 90 minute running time, there's very little story for an ordinary one hour show (very much a throwback to the earliest days of the series). Top secret assault rifles are stolen, to later be sold at auction, but Colonel Martin Nsonga (Johnny Sekka) has already made a down payment on the consignment, to be used to stage a military coup in his native African state. Steed poses as another buyer to foil his plans, and must also rescue a captive Tara from a fatal demonstration of rifle power. Timothy Bateson ("The Correct Way to Kill") has a brief but amusing turn as a ballistics expert, but everything else is fairly dull (like "Invasion of the Earthmen," you can tell the old footage from the new by Tara's quickly discarded blonde wig). If this was actually intended to introduce Linda Thorson's Tara King, then it was very poor indeed, for she has almost nothing to do. Real duds were fortunately rare, but it holds together much better than "Homicide and Old Lace," and the climax is genuinely suspenseful.


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