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The Grandeur That Was Rome 

"The Grandeur That Was Rome" is an episode of The Avengers starring Patrick Macnee, Honor Blackman, and Hugh Burden. When a spate of strange diseases breaks out on a global scale, the Avengers find out that grain being distributed by the United Food and Dressing Limited, has been deliberately tampered ... See full summary »

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Episode complete credited cast:
... John Steed
... Catherine Gale
... Bruno
Colette Wilde ... Octavia
... Marcus
Ian Shand ... Eastow
... Lucius
Kenneth Keeling ... Appleton
Colin Rix ... Barnes
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When a spate of strange diseases breaks out on a global scale, the Avengers find out that grain being distributed by the United Food and Dressing Limited, has been deliberately tampered with and infected with ergot.Whilst investigating the firm's headquarters Mrs. Gale is caught and whisked off to a reconstruction of Ancient Rome, ruled by a mad, would-be Caesar called Bruno. His aim is to unleash bubonic plague upon the world and intends to test its effects on Mrs. Gale. Written by don @ minifie-1

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18 March 1991 (USA)  »

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Around 41 minutes, as the camera follows Bruno walking amongst several guests at his Roman gathering, the cameraman bumps into someone, causing the scene to wobble. See more »

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Bruno: [Marcus offers Bruno a cigarette] Thank you, Marcus, no. You know my feelings on that subject. Did the Romans defile themselves with tobacco?
Marcus: I am sorry, Excellency, the, eh, chains of habit.
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References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

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Fall of the Roman Empire
24 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

"The Grandeur That Was Rome" was an early indication of the change in direction from ordinary espionage tales to larger-than-life villainy, or "diabolical masterminds." Sir Bruno Lucer (Hugh Burden) is an admirer of ancient Rome, who thinks himself capable of being a modern day Caesar, and heads up a small band of radicals hoping to rule the world using a new form of bubonic plague. The Avengers discover that Sir Bruno's manufacturers of pesticides and insecticides are responsible for food grains infecting livestock around the world, marking the meddlesome Cathy Gale as the perfect guinea pig to test their plague antidote. Lovely Colette Wilde is best remembered as the first beauty victimized by Anton Diffring's obsessive plastic surgeon in 1960's "Circus of Horrors," also appearing in "House of Mystery" (1960) and "The Day of the Triffids" (1962). Previously seen in "A Chorus of Frogs," she easily stands out as the bewitching Octavia, supported by Ian Shand (previously seen in "Traitor in Zebra"), Raymond Adamson (previously seen in "The Decapod"), and Kenneth Keeling (previously seen in Mr Teddy Bear).


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