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I'm even afraid of PRETENDING to fly!
Steed: "What's on my mind? You naked, naturally!"
Laurie: "I like that man Steed. I think I'll marry him."
Steed: "Ah, black. My favorite."

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French: "Combustible 23"

Spanish: "Propelente 23"



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Steed shops for lingerie
Cathy wears a special garter for him*

Production completed: 21 July 1962
UK Premiere (London, Season 2): 6 October 1962
US Premiere (A&E cable): ca. 28 January 1991

Spy vs. Spy (click to see category list)Steed is to greet a courier carrying a sample of top-secret liquid rocket fuel at an airport in France. However, before Steed can reach him, the courier dies, dropping his drinking flask unnoticed somewhere in the airport. Cathy learns of the existence of the drinking flask, as well as a bottle of hair restorer, but at every turn in Steed and Cathy's attempts to retrieve the fuel, they encounter the enemy. Thanks to Cathy's "garter gun" they finally get the goods at a bakery.


In a word, fun. Lots of fantasy-land sleuthing, which is often the best kind. Only loses a bowler for the oddball characters at the French airport, who are just a tad too cute.


Catherine Woodville, who plays Laurie, became Patrick Macnee's second wife.

Geoffrey Palmer appeared in the Police Surgeon episode, "Smash But No Grab."

Some scenes were pre-recorded on 20 July 1962 in advance of the main recording.

*This unofficial subtitle is by Yours Truly.

 Best Scene

As Steed and Cathy discuss the missing fuel sample in a lingerie shop, it becomes apparent that Cathy knows more about Propellant 23 than Steed.

 Best Line

Cathy: "Do you always arrange to take your calls in a lingerie department?" Steed: "If humanly possible."



Teleplay by
Story Editor
Designed by
Directed by

Jon Manchip White
John Bryce
Paul Bernard
Leonard White
Jonathan Alwyn

Full production credits


John Steed
Cathy Gale
Paul Manning
Lieut. 'Curly' Leclerc
Jaques Tissot
Jules Meyer
Captain Legros
Shop Assistant

Patrick Macnee The 007 Connection
Honor Blackman The 007 Connection
Justine Lord
Catherine Woodville*
Geoffrey Palmer* The 007 Connection
Ralph Nossek
Barry Wilsher
John Crocker*
Trader Faulkner
John Dearth
Frederick Shiller
Nicholas Courtney*
Michael Beint
John Gill
Graham Ashley*
Deanne Shendey


Graham Ashley

All Done with Mirrors

Nicholas Courtney

Mission... Highly Improbable

John Crocker

The Medicine Men
The Winged Avenger

Geoffrey Palmer

Dance with Death
Man With Two Shadows
A Surfeit of H2O

Catherine Woodville

Hot Snow

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