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Steed: "You seem to have no respect for the star of the show."
 
Steed: "Can't you at least LOOK like you're interested in me?"
 
"We'll be the next Bonnie and Clyde, my dear."
 

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 A.K.A.

French: "L'Homme dans le miroir"

Spanish: "El Hombre En El Espejo"

Italian: "Un uomo nello specchio"

 

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MAN IN THE MIRROR

Steed deciphers a murder
Venus photographs a dead man*

Production completed: 22 February 1963
UK Premiere (London, Season 2): 24 February 1963
US Premiere (A&E cable): ca. 26 February 1991

Spy vs. Spy (click to see category list)A cipher expert inexplicably commits suicide at an amusement park, of all places. Only trouble is, Venus Smith has accidentally taken a photograph of the man, still very much alive, after his reported death.
 

 IMHO

Alas, the plodding pace and transparent plot make work of getting through this episode. There is but one bright spot: Steed locking horns with his superior, which reveals some of his raw edges. Vaguely recalls "The Gravediggers" (hiding a live dead man) and "Too Many Christmas Trees" (messing about in a hall of mirrors).

I am often accused of being too hard on Venus Smith episodes. Well, please explain to me why a young, professional singer allows herself to be so horribly manipulated by Steed—unless she likes having her life threatened for no apparent reason. And unless some details have been left to the imagination, it would appear that her only compensation for her considerable troubles are sugar-daddy-type gifts from a rather lecherous-looking older man!

Besides, they're not all awful—see my review for "A Chorus of Frogs."
 

 Trivia

Stephen King of Ireland notes some similarities between this episode and Goldeneye of James Bond fame. Both of the villains are named Trevelyan, and both of them fake their own deaths to become traitors...

*This unofficial subtitle is by Yours Truly.

 

MAN IN THE MIRROR

Teleplay by
Story Editor
Designed by
Producer
Directed by

Geoffrey Orme & Anthony Terpiloff
Richard Bates
Anne Spavin
John Bryce
Kim Mills

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CAST

John Steed
Venus Smith
Betty
Strong
Brown
Jean
Trevelyan
One-Six
Producer
Iris
And:

Patrick Macnee The 007 Connection
Julie Stevens
Daphne Anderson
Ray Barrett
Julian Somers
Rhoda Lewis
Haydn Jones
Michael Gover
David Graham
Freida Knorr
The Kenny Powell Trio
 

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