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The Avengers

Season 5 Episode 6

The Winged Avenger

Aired Unknown Feb 18, 1967 on ITV
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Episode Summary

Is a creature that can walk up walls clawing to death ruthless and powerful men? Does it have anything to do with Professor Poole's invention of boots that let you walk on the ceiling, or with cartoon superhero the Winged Avenger?

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  • Where will the Winged Avenger strike next? He's definitely not an Avenger like Steed or Emma...

    Comic strips were getting to be all the rage in Swinging London and elsewhere when this episode first went out. The success in Britain of the "Batman" TV series - briefly caricatured here in the climactic fight scene - made it inevitable that "The Avengers" would try a parody, and would, in so doing, effortlessly assert its superiority over such cheap-looking American rubbish. The segment isn't without its defects - if Professor Poole were really walking upside-down on the ceiling, wouldn't his jacket fall over his shoulders? - and Nigel Green is given far too little to do. The pay-off, also, is not a little arbitrary and obvious. Still, it's lots of fun.moreless
Neil Hallett

Neil Hallett

Arnie Packer

Guest Star

Nigel Green

Nigel Green

Sir Lexius Cray

Guest Star

Jack MacGowan

Jack MacGowan

Professor Poole

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Comic artist Frank Bellamy drew the cartoon storyboards of The Winged Avenger that were used in this episode.

    • Tag: Arriving home Emma pops a champagne cork as Steed, in the background, busies himself by sketching a canvas. When revealed, it is a drawing of the feast Steed has promised her. Leaving the room, Steed returns with a food trolley containing a gourmet's delight. To the PING of cymbals the meal is served.

    • Goof: When Mrs. Peel finally defeats the Winged Avenger, he falls from the ceiling out of a window -- sideways.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Mrs Peel: It just went with a wallop!
      (She giggles, after opening an over-enthusiastic bottle of champagne that spills all over her)

    • Mrs Peel: Do I assume then that before long everybody will be walking on ceilings? (Tutting and shaking her head) It'll ruin the carpet trade.

    • Steed: Boots?
      Mrs. Peel: Does that ruin your theory?
      Steed: I have two possible alternatives: The murderer inflates a small balloon, he rises up the nearest building. He fires a small rocket line across to the penthouse. He drops on a trampoline. He bounces on it, in through the window. Possibility number one.
      Mrs. Peel: And possibility number two?
      Steed: He bribes the doorman.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode marked the acting debut of Ann Sidney, the British girl who had won the title of "Miss World" in 1964. She had been announced for a small role in the James Bond film, Thunderball (1965), but it didn't eventuate. In this episode, she is the only woman in the cast apart from Diana Rigg with any dialogue to utter.