New Avengers Logo 'The Gladiators'
by Brian Clemens
New Avengers

When Karl Sminsky, a KGB agent, arrives in Canada with his two aides, the two agents following him disappear. Steed, Gambit and Purdey arrive to investigate, and discover that Sminsky has honed his team down from one-hundred-and-thirty men to just two highly-trained ‘gladiators’. On the trail of the Russians, Steed, Gambit and Purdey hear of an attack outside a convenience store, where two Canadians were killed by the attackers’ bare hands. Gambit recognises the men when they drive past, and the hunt is on; while he sets off in pursuit, Steed and Purdey find Sminksy’s training headquarters. Here they are captured, but overcome their captors and find a tape recording detailing Sminksy’s plan: to break into the Canadian Security building and smash the computers, thereby setting Canadian intelligence back twenty years. Steed, Gambit and Purdey locate Sminksy and incapacitate his aides, and in the final showdown, Sminsky proves no match for Gambit’s fists and Steed’s steel-lined bowler hat.

Patrick Macnee (John Steed), Gareth Hunt (Mike Gambit), Joanna Lumley (Purdey), Louis Zorich (Karl), Neil Vipond (Peters), Bill Starr (O’Hara), Peter Boretski (Tarnokoff), Yanci Burtovek (Barnoff), Jan Muzynski (Cresta), Michael Donaghue (Hartley), George Chuvalo (Huge Man), Dwayne McLean (Rogers), Patrick Sinclair (Ivan), Doug Lennox (Nada)

Directed by Claude Fournier
Produced by Albert Fennell and Brian Clemens

LWT - 25th November 1977

*Featuring John Steed, Mike Gambit and Purdey

*Produced in Canada