Episode 1: The New Avengers
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  A.K.A.

 Le repaire de l'Aigle

 Der Adlerhorst

 Il nido dell'aquila

 Het Adelaarsnest

  Other Viewpoints

• Visitor Reviews
• The Young Avenger

THE EAGLE'S NEST

BEST OF TNA

Produced: April 1976
UK Premiere: 19 October 1976
US Premiere: 5 September 1978

Those nasty Nazis are at it again! While Steed and Purdey follow the trail of a colleague killed by poison-tipped fishing hooks, Gambit attends a lecture on suspended animation given by a Doctor Von Claus—who is promptly abducted right out from under his nose. All trails lead to the island of St. Dorca, where, under threat of his family's death, Von Claus is forced to revive a very special patient: Germany's "greatest treasure"!

 IMHO

It was a promising start for the new series, and exciting to see new faces, new fashion and new fighting—although Gambit is a bit like a Mack truck. The series "pilot" has the benefit of film veteran Peter Cushing as a draw, and it was interesting that he was not cast as a heavy—a nice twist. Fishing lines used as weapons ("set for stun or for kill," no less) is an original device, and there's just enough humor to keep it from slipping into the realm of the generic action TV show, but it does leave one wanting for the wit of the original. Four bowlers for Derek Farr's over-the-top Nazi, and another four for Sydney Bromley's forgetful hermit.

 Trivia

Steed ought to brush up on his driving—as he pulls into a parking space, his left rear tire winds up on the curb.

Frank Gatliff appeared in the Police Surgeon episode, "Man Overboard."

 Best Line

Steed borrows Purdey's lipstick to mark a target on a window and remarks, "What a lovely shade of pink." Purdey: "Pink? It's called, 'Sins of Youth'." Steed: "That's not a color, it's an accusation."

 Essential Reading

THE EAGLE'S NEST

Written by
Directed by

Brian Clemens
Desmond Davis

Full production credits

CAST

John Steed
Mike Gambit
Purdey
Von Claus
Father Trasker
Karl
Hara
Brown-Fitch
Lady with Dog
Main
Stannard
Jud
Barker
Gerda
Nazi Corporal
Ralph

Patrick Macnee 007
Gareth Hunt
Joanna Lumley 007
Peter Cushing #
Derek Farr #
Frank Gatliff #
Sydney Bromley
Trevor Baxter
Joyce Carey #
Neil Phillips
Brian Anthony
Ronald Forfar
Jerold Wells
Trude van Dorne
Peter Porteous # 007
Charles Bolton

UNBILLED

Molly
Dowager
Man with Suitcase

Sammie Winmill
Maggy Maxwell
Raymond Mason

# DOPPELGANGERS

Joyce Carey

Homicide and Old Lace

Peter Cushing

Return of the Cybernauts

Derek Farr

Man-Eater of Surrey Green

Frank Gatliff

One for the Mortuary
Love All
The Sell-Out
A Chorus of Frogs

Peter Porteous

The Charmers
 

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