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The Winged Avenger 

Several businessmen have been killed, the murderer having apparently clawed them to death so that the initial suspect is an author who owns a bird of prey and had a grudge against a victim ... See full summary »

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Richard Harris (teleplay)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Diana Rigg ... Emma Peel
Nigel Green ... Sir Lexius Cray
Jack MacGowran ... Professor Poole
Neil Hallett ... Arnie Packer
Colin Jeavons ... Stanton
Roy Patrick ... Julian
John Garrie ... Tay-Ling
Donald Pickering ... Peter Roberts
William Fox William Fox ... Simon Roberts
A.J. Brown A.J. Brown ... Dawson
Hilary Wontner Hilary Wontner ... Dumayn
John Crocker John Crocker ... Fothers
Ann Sidney Ann Sidney ... Gerda (as Ann Sydney)
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Several businessmen have been killed, the murderer having apparently clawed them to death so that the initial suspect is an author who owns a bird of prey and had a grudge against a victim who ran a publishing house. However, the discovery of a comic called 'The Winged Avenger' featuring a super-hero is found by the latest victim. And could the invention of Professor Poole, boots that allow the wearer to climb walls and scale ceilings, be involved? Written by don @ minifie-1

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1967 (USA) See more »

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ABC Weekend Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The climactic fight scene concludes with an homage to the Batman (1966) TV series, with music similar to that used in the credits and "sound effects" written in the same style - quite in keeping with the comic book theme of this episode. See more »

Goofs

The Winged Avenger climbs various different buildings to get at his victims, but the outside of each building is exactly the same set. See more »

Quotes

John Steed: What's that?
Emma Peel: Items found at the scene of the crime.
John Steed: Your items are not very interesting.
Emma Peel: It's a loud of rubbish.
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Connections

Featured in The Chronic Rift: Time Paradoxes (1991) See more »

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The Avengers hunt the 'avenger'!
13 November 2018 | by canndymanSee all my reviews

I know this episode is popular among some viewers, but I've always found it to be another one of the somewhat tamer stories from the early part of the Rigg color season. It starts off well, with a bizarre attack by a clawed assasin who has scaled a tower-block to murder his chosen victim - with a well-paced climbing scene (where we only really see the attacker's clawed hands) emphasizing the point.

Steed and Emma are called in - but the killings continue, and soon a link to the 'Winged Avenger' comic-book character is established, and they gradually close in on the culprit. This is a suitably daft story - much in the mold of the See-Through Man, and is played more for the comedy factor than any real suspense. It's high on gimmicks - what with the upside-down room, comic-book stills and shoes that defy gravity. But, despite the fun, it seems to run out of steam, and the feels more like an affectionate send-up than a serious story. Definitely an oddity, and maybe low on lovation filming, but a nice way of getting the word 'avenger' into an episode of The Avengers!


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