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"Hey, cool! It's the Village People!"
 
"Did you actually expect us to believe he was Chinese?"
 
Purdey: "Now I know how Emma Peel felt."
 

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Steed's old friend who dies of the week: Freddie

Steed's filly of the week: Unidentified passenger in taxi cab

All the rest

 

 A.K.A.

French: "Le baiser de Midas"

German: "Gold"

Italian: "Il tocco di Mida"

Dutch: "Midas"

 

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THE MIDAS TOUCH

Live-action titlesProduced: April 1976
UK Premiere: 9 November 1976
US Premiere: 1 December 1978

"They died of everything!" A young man is bestowed with every known major disease, and as he is immune to them all, he literally carries the touch of death. The Avengers learn of him with the arrival of an old adversary of Steed's, so fat as to be unrecognized—but fat with gold dust, meant as payment for Midas, who is up for auction. During a break-in, Purdey is caught by Midas' keepers and offered to him for a one-night stand—literally—as they practice to receive a royal visitor.
 

 IMHO

A reasonable effort, with a hint or two of quirkiness here and there to keep it interesting; David Swift nearly captures the spirit of the original diabolical mastermind. Sadly, his fellow doppelgangers John Carson and Ronald Lacey are almost wasted, as they fail to imbue the show with any of the off-beat charm of the original series—fast cars and mod seventies music tend to dominate instead. Not to mention that they try to pass off two very Western actors as Chinese—a recurring flaw of the series, original and new. But if you like serious car chases, this one's got your number.
 

 Best Line

Miss Sing bids Steed farewell with, "May you have the blessings of many sons." Steed: "In view of the fact that I'm not married, many sons might prove rather an embarrassment. Of course, if you were prepared to become personally involved in the event..."

 

THE MIDAS TOUCH

Written by
Directed by

Brian Clemens
Robert Fuest

Full production credits

CAST

John Steed
Mike Gambit
Purdey
Freddy
Vann
Hong Kong Harry
Turner
Lieutenant
Curator
Garvin
Midas
Sing
Doctor
Tayman
Simpson
Boz
Morgan
Froggart
Choy

Patrick Macnee The 007 Connection
Gareth Hunt
Joanna Lumley The 007 Connection
John Carson*
Ed Devereaux
Ronald Lacey*
David Swift*
Jeremy Child
Robert Mill*
Ray Edwards
Gilles Millinaire
Pik-Sen Lim
Chris Tranchell
Lionel Guyett
Geoffrey Bateman
Tim Condren
Peter Winter
Bruce Bould
Bruno Elrington*

UNBILLED

Rostock
Sara
Princess

Kenneth Gilbert
Tania Mallett
Pola Churchill

*DOPPELGANGERS

John Carson

A Chorus of Frogs
Second Sight
Dial a Deadly Number

Bruno Elrington

All Done with Mirrors

Ronald Lacey

The Joker
Legacy of Death

Robert Mill

Double Danger
Killer Whale

David Swift

What the Butler Saw
 

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