Episode 24: The New Avengers
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  A.K.A.

 Les gladiateurs

 Die Kampfmaschine

 I gladiatori

 De gladiatoren

  Other Viewpoints

• Visitor Reviews
• The Young Avenger

THE GLADIATORS

Produced in Canada: July 1977
UK Premiere: 6 September 1978
US Premiere: 19 January 1979

Supermen—not. When a KGB agent turns up in Toronto, it is not long before the security men sent to investigate wind up dead. Following a trail of injured and dead agents and civilians, the Avengers finally track down the KGB agent and learn he is planning to break into the Canadian Security building and smash the computers, thereby setting Canadian intelligence back twenty years!

 IMHO

Everything that could ever be done wrong was done wrong this time. Thoroughly ridiculous plot, embarrassingly bad acting, and dreadful execution. Even Purdey and Gambit couldn't save this one with some of their banter—there wasn't any. Worst of the three New Avengers bombs, the others being "Trap" and "Gnaws," although they're all so bad it's hardly worth keeping score.

 Trivia

This episode was originally banned in some areas of the UK for excessive violence (I'd have thought it was banned just for excessive awfulness). In London it did not premiere until nine months after "Emily," and even then it aired at 11:25 PM.

 Essential Reading

 

THE GLADIATORS - PRODUCED IN CANADA

Written by
Directed by

Brian Clemens
Claude Fournier

Full production credits

CAST

John Steed
Mike Gambit
Purdey
Karl
Peters
O'Hara
Tarnokoff
Barnoff
Cresta
Hartley
Huge Man
Rogers
Ivan
Nada

Patrick Macnee 007
Gareth Hunt
Joanna Lumley 007
Louis Zorich
Neil Vipond
Bill Starr
Peter Boretski
Yanci Burtovek
Jan Muzynski
Michael Donaghue
George Chuvalo
Dwayne McLean
Patrick Sinclair
Doug Lennox
 

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