Episode 145: Tara King Era
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At Tara's apartment, Steed and Tara enjoy faux sun on a faux beach in the middle of her living room.


 Mais qui est Steed?

 Wer ist John Steed

 Vogliono uccidere Steed!

 Siguen Matando A Steed

  On the Radio

• Too Many Olés

  Other Viewpoints

• Guest Essay
• Visitor Reviews
• The GLG Report
• The Young Avenger


Steed is the spy who would not die
Tara has too many of him*

Production completed: 29 August 1968
UK Premiere (London, Season 7): 18 December 1968
US Premiere (New York, Season 4): 11 November 1968

In an attempt to wreck a peace conference, a diabolical mastermind utilizes "instant plastic surgery" to create a duplicate of Steed. His only mistake was not keeping a closer eye on the original while he had him in his clutches, as the real Steed knocks out his jail keeper and prepares a little surprise for the army of enemy agents about to descend on the conference.


What keeps this one from hitting the four-bowler mark for me is Ray McAnally's obnoxious accent—that, and Mother's mega-goofy hideout. It is otherwise quite decent, with a fresh premise and a number of noteworthy aspects, such as a new "partner" for Tara (aren't they the cutest couple?), and a startlingly gross Steed that went wrong.


The original plans to shoot this episode in Spain proved unworkable; as a result, Ray McAnally improvised most of his lines.

It must be noted that there are very strong similarities to certain plot details in The Outer Limits, "The Hundred Days of the Dragon," which aired in the US on 23 September 1963.

Recognize the explosion when Steed throws the gavel? You've also seen it in "Have Guns - Will Haggle," when the ammunition shed blew up! (Mark H. Stevens)

*This unofficial subtitle is by Yours Truly.

 On Location

Tyke's Water Lake is pressed into service yet again; On Location provides a recent view. Car chases filmed at Burnham Beeches. Caldecote Towers, Bushey, and Ye Olde Sun Hotel in Northaw served as the conference center. Tara jumps off of the bridge at Grove Park, Watford.

 Best Line

"Look—the woods are full of them!" (Baron Von Curt to Tara about multiple Steeds headed their way)

 Essential Reading


Written by
Directed by

Brian Clemens
Robert Fuest

Full production credits


John Steed
Tara King
Baron Von Curt
Captain Smythe
And: [Bruno]

Patrick Macnee 007
Linda Thorson
Ian Ogilvy
Ray McAnally #
Norman Jones
Bernard Horsfall # 007
Patrick Newell #
William Ellis
Hal Galili 007
Nicole Shelby
Rosemary Donnelly
Gloria Connell
Michael Corcoran
Ross Hutchinson #
Reg Whitehead
Anthony Sheppard
Angharad Rees
George Ghent



Rhonda Parker
Arthur Howell
Bill Cummings 007
Frank Barringer


Bernard Horsfall

The Cybernauts
The Fear Merchants

Ross Hutchinson

Man-Eater of Surrey Green

Ray McAnally

The Positive Negative Man

Patrick Newell

The Town of No Return
Something Nasty in the Nursery

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