The Avengers

Season 2 Episode 4

Bullseye

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Aired Unknown Oct 20, 1962 on ITV
6.1
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Bullseye
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Shareholders in Andersons' Small Arms Ltd are being killed one by one whilst a tycoon plans a take-over. Rifles manufactured by Andersons are being smuggled into Africa. Cathy Gale joins the board in order to investigate.

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  • Who is smuggling armaments into Africa to fuel a tribal war? And how?

    8.0
    An early episode which is more straight thriller than absurd self-parody in the great "Avengers" tradition. With a few changes in leading roles, it could be a segment from one of any number of early 60s thriller series. However, it's none the worse for that, and it's interesting to see Ronald Radd, who would later turn up in a few stories as one of Steed's enigmatic bosses, here playing what seems to be a double-dyed villain. This is, by the way, another early show in which Steed wears an unbecoming soft-felt trilby hat instead of the stylish bowler which became his trademark.moreless
  • Steed gets Cathy to become a significant shareholder in a business that makes armaments that is also the target of a takeover artist to try to trace a pipeline for illegal arms smuggling.moreless

    6.9
    The corpses multiply as one shareholder after anotber gets bumped off. Are they being killed for resisting the takeover offers of an apparently unscrupulous opportunist? That's the way it looks at first. But, the dynamic duo don't let first impressions blind them to the possibilities.



    All in all, this is a more intelligently written episode than the last one, but somehow, in spite of the danger and the mayhem, it's just a bit of a yawner. It could be a rewarding episode for you if you're wide awake, but if you're a tad bit sleepy, I'd recommend another one.moreless

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