Episode 25: The New Avengers
Page 191 of 192

 

  A.K.A.

 Bastion pirate

 Abenteuer in Kanada

 In prima linea

 De geheime basis

  Other Viewpoints

• Visitor Reviews
• The GLG Report
• The Young Avenger

FORWARD BASE

Produced in Canada: August 1977
UK Premiere: 24 November 1977
US Premiere: 3 November 1978

It's "The Living Dead" meets Waterworld. A tip-off that an agent is delivering stolen technology to an enemy base leads the Avengers to Canada, only to find the agent has been shot. His dying words—"Forward Base"—prove more significant than the advanced missile guidance system he's carrying. Another enemy agent arrives to collect it, and then promptly chucks it into Lake Ontario! This is only the first of a series of very strange events and people our trio encounters.

 IMHO

By far the best of the Canadian lot, if only by virtue of its sheer absurdity. The episode's chase scene takes place on the water in gurgling, motorized swan boats at a rip-roaring two miles an hour. Steed gets to bonk a bad guy on the head with his bowler (first time in a very long while). Purdey gets to speak with a Canadian accent. And we're treated to some classic strangeness and an old-fashioned eccentric.

 Best Scene

While there are many nice touches, the best of the lot is Steed quizzing Purdey and Gambit about their discovery of a drowned man wearing an evening gown and pajamas.

 Best Line

A bewildered fisherman offers Steed some advice. "Fishin'?" Steed: "Yes." Fisherman: "They're in the trees, ya know."

 Essential Reading

FORWARD BASE - PRODUCED IN CANADA

Written by
Directed by

Dennis Spooner
Don Thompson

Full production credits

CAST

John Steed
Mike Gambit
Purdey
Hosking
Bailey
Ranoff
Malachev
Halfhide
Milroy
Doctor
Glover
Harper
Clive
Czibor
Radio Operator

Patrick Macnee 007
Gareth Hunt
Joanna Lumley 007
Jack Creley
August Schellenberg
Marilyn Lightstone
Nick Nichols
David Calderisi
Maurice Good #
John Bethune
Anthony Parr
Les Rubie
Toivo Pyyko
Ara Hovanessiaan
Richard Moffatt

# DOPPELGANGERS

Maurice Good

Hunt the Man Down
Don't Look Behind You
Split!
 

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