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  • title card: white all caps text reading 'TRAP BY BRIAN CLEMENS' superimposed on Williams leaping over a barbed wire fence
  • The double agent Murford makes a phone call in the pouring rain, his black hat and overcoat little protection from the elements
  • The New Avnegers struggle to keeps their seats after the pilot opens the door and leaps out
  • Gambit aims his makeshift bow and arrow, the bow and the hand holding it blurring as they near the camera
  • Soo Choy make a show of how he will execute Gambit with his sword
  • Soo Choy's men are led away, tied to the back of the jeep Gambit is driving

The New Avengers, Series 2 - Episode 6
Trap

by Brian Clemens
Directed by Ray Austin

Production details

Produced:March, 1977
First broadcast:
  • London: 16-Nov-76
  • Midlands: 1-Nov-76
  • Sydney (ABN-2): 30-Jan-78
  • Melbourne (ABV-2): 30-Jan-78
  • USA (CBS): 2-Mar-79
  • France (TF1): 23-Jun-79

Minutiæ

Gambit's coded words and counter phrases are:
Where have all the flowers gone? / Underground.
What colour are they? / Shades of red.

Williams passes a sign advertising East Anglia on his way to Soo Choy's house, and was then found by Gambit and Purdey after his escape, so their "flight east" must have only been for 20 miles and can't have been in the far east anyway!

Exact what country is Soo Choy supposed to be from? He has a Chinese name, clothes, sword and henchman, but his assistant is Japanese and so is his house - complete with raked gravel and bonsai. Not only that, but his army are clearly the first ten vaguely Asian looking extras who turned up for casting - especially that stuntman who shot Paul Clay at the beginning of Murdersville.
What sort of army is this anyway? they're armed with American M-16s, British Armalites and German WW2 MP-40s as well as a few rifles with bayonets attached.

Until I saw this episode I had thought The New Avengers had unjustly come in for some bad press when compared to the original series, but I have to say this is a stinker. Woeful script and stupid plot (kind of The Superlative Seven without any wit, style or common sense) teamed with bad casting and hammy acting. My advice - skip this episode and watch the next one.

The Transport

Marque Colour Number Plate
Land Rover egg blue APB 286H
Gambit's Range Rover white LOK 537P
Purdey's Triumph TR7 yellow OGW 562R / DOM 721R ?
Gambit's Jaguar XJS red NRW 875P
Steed's "big cat" Jaguar XJ12 5.3 Litre Coupe Automatic british racing green NWK 60P
Hillman Hunter(?) pale grey SAF 901G
Triumph Dolomite(?) navy NRL 256F
Ford Capri GL orange LAR 201P
Lear Jet white ?
Jeep olive drab -

Who's Killing Whom?

Victim Killer Method
Williams Guard rifle
Marty Brine Courier silenced pistol
Courier Steed knock off roof with umbrella
Guard Gambit bow and arrow
Guard Gambit bow and arrow
Guard Purdey spear
Guard Gambit bow and arrow
Click a name to see the face

The Fashions

Gambit's fashions
  1. grey worsted suit, blue shirt, grey & white diagonal striped tie
  2. light brown 3-piece single-breasted suit, yellow and white shirt, gold tie
  3. tennis outfit: white shorts , shirt & jacket with navy piping
  4. brown leather jacket, grey paisley tie, white shirt, beige/taupe trousers, cream mackintosh & scarf
Purdey's fashions
  1. blue blouse, red scarf and gerbera brooch
  2. blue & white checked coat, beige skirt, blue & orange scarf
  3. tennis outfit: white shorts and long-sleeved shirt with "Purdey" in navy, bright red leggings, white sneakers
  4. black mackintosh, black trousers, white blouse
Steed's fashions
  1. slate grey 3-piece single-breasted suit, pale grey shirt, purple tie with white spot
  2. brown riding coat, jodphurs, green tie
  3. green velvet tuxedo with braid, black bow tie, white shirt, black cumberbund
  4. stolen army fatigues

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