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The Avengers

Season 5 Episode 10

Never, Never Say Die

Aired Unknown Mar 18, 1967 on ITV
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Episode Summary

An unfortunate motorist keeps knocking down and killing the same man: a man who's rampaging through the countryside, bulletproof and intent on destruction. A man who just happens to be identical to the urbane Professor Frank N. Stone.

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  • Dr. Stone's robots are terribly lifelike - in fact, how can you tell who's human?

    The cheerful insanity of this episode is fairly predictable, but still rather enjoyable. Certainly, it's very jolly to find Christopher Lee turning up as "Dr. Frank N. Stone", when he had become famous about a decade earlier playing Frankenstein's Monster for Hammer Films. The good doctor's tendency to severe migraine is, of course, a giveaway, but it's supposed to be. In-jokes are very much in the air, with Emma Peel first found watching an old black-and-white episode of "The Avengers" on her TV, and the chess-playing Mr. Eccles talking to an unseen lady in Carolina with a voice that sounds uncannily like Diana Rigg doing a Deep South accent.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Tag: Steed watches with glee as Mrs. Peel tugs the ribbon from a package he's brought her. When unwrapped, the package reveals another box, then another and another until Emma withdraws a brand new transistor radio. Smiling at her partner, Emma turns on the TV and The Avengers settle down to watch a party political broadcast.

    • The opening teaser for this episode: Mrs. Peel is sitting watching the television. She is actually viewing an old episode of The Avengers entitled 'The Cybernauts.' When the reception goes she rises to adjust the aerial. Steed appears on the television screen to announce, 'Mrs. Peel - we're needed.'

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (about a young man on a stretcher with a banana stuffed in his mouth)
      Doctor James: Casualty, found unconscious about a mile from here. He'd been attacked.
      Steed: By a banana?!

    • (about television programmes)
      Steed: Isn't there anything intellectually stimulating, morally uplifting? Maybe a comment on the rich pageant of life? Something with warmth, humanity, substance, tragedy, maybe even a touch of humour.
      Mrs Peel: Ah, you mean the political broadcast!

    • Mrs Peel: Can you imagine plastic politicians?
      Steed: Who would ever know the difference?

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