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Man v. Machine: Badguy Cybernauts

Peel and Steed encounter a Cybernaut Today, we’ll be looking at the trenchcoat- and trilby-wearing metal automatons known as the Cybernauts! The bots made their first appearance in the October 1965 episode of The Avengers that was later the first one to be broadcast in the United States (in March 1966). The episode has proved [...]

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The Dead Ringer

The Dead Ringer, Doppelganger, Impostor, Look-a-like, call it what you will is a commonly used device in espionage movies. The most famous stories about dead ringers in popular culture would be The Man In The Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas and The Prisoner Of Zenda by Anthony Hope. While both stories are hardly spy stories, [...]

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The Rainbow Affair

Most of the books published in Australia are the English editions — although some American stuff slips in. Generally though, because we use the same spelling as the English, it will be the English version that is either imported into (or even printed in) Australia. For the series of The Man From UNCLE books, that [...]

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The Avengers: Epic (1967)

Country: United KingdomDirector: James HillStarring: Diana Rigg, Patrick Macnee, Peter Wyngarde, Isa Miranda, Kenneth J. Warren, David Lodge, Anthony DawesMusic: Laurie Johnson Epic is a bizarre little episode in The Avengers. Although there is a simple plot, the way it unfolds is not very linear and confusing. It’s meant to be that way. We are [...]

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The Avengers: A Touch Of Brimstone (1966)

Country: United KingdomDirector: Sidney Hayers (although my print suggests it was James Hill)Starring: Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Peter Wyngarde, Colin Jeavons, Michael Latimer, Jeremy Young, Bill Wallis, Carol Cleveland, Steve PlytasMusic: Laurie Johnson A Touch of Brimstone is an Avengers fan favourite, primarily due to the outlandish ‘Queen of Sin’ costume, that Emma Peel (Diana [...]

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The Avengers (1998)

Director: Jeremiah ChechikStarring: Ralph Feinnes, Sean Connery, Uma Thurman, Jim Broadbent, Eddie IzzardMusic: Joel McNeely‘Avengers Theme’ by Laurie JohnsonSong ‘Hurricane’ performed by Grace Jones You know I loved the original Avengers TV series – c’mon, we all do!. It is with a heavy heart that I report that The Avengers movie is a major disappointment. [...]

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The Avengers: Lobster Quadrille (1964)

Directed by Kim MillsPatrick Macnee, Honor Blackman, Burt Kwouk, Jennie Linden, Leslie Sands, Gary Watson, Corin Redgrave, Norman ScaceMusic by Johnny Danworth Lobster Quadrille is one of the most popular episodes of The Avengers for a couple of reasons. The first is that is the episode where we bid a fond farewell to the character [...]

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