New Avengers Logo 'The Lion and the Unicorn'
sby John Goldsmith
New Avengers

After an unsuccessful assassination attempt on a government minister, Steed, Purdey and Gambit track the Unicorn - one of the deadliest enemy agents ever - to his home in France. Here they corner him in his penthouse apartment and overpower him. Steed wants to use the Unicorn to lead them to the rest of his organisation, but when one of the Unicorn's snipers attempts to shoot Steed, they instead target his reflection in a mirror - the shot passes straight through and kills the Unicorn instead! Fearing open warfare between both sides, Steed maintains the illusion that the Unicorn is still alive. But the Unicorn’s gang retaliates by hijacking a train and kidnapping a royal prince, forcing Steed to make an exchange. Steed attempts to stall them while he formulates a plan. He suggests the exchange take place in the apartment block, sending the Unicorn down in one lift while the prince ascends in the other. The gang have strapped explosives to the prince, but Steed rigs the exchange; he frees the prince, and the gang are blown up by the explosives when Purdey shows her fancy footwork and Steed inadvertently detonates the bomb.

Patrick Macnee (John Steed), Gareth Hunt (Mike Gambit), Joanna Lumley (Purdey), Jean Claudio (Unicorn), Maurice Marsac (Leparge), Raymond Bussieres (Henri), Jacques Maury (Ritter), Raoul Delfosse (Marco), Gerald Sim (Minister), Henri Czarniak (Grima), Jean-Pierre Bernard (First Bodyguard), Ludwig Gaum (Second Bodyguard)

Directed by Ray Austin
Produced by Albert Fennell and Brian Clemens

LWT - 30th September 1977

*Featuring John Steed, Mike Gambit and Purdey

*Produced in France