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  • title card: white all caps text reading 'THE
					GLADIATORS
					WRITTEN BY
					BRIAN
					CLEMENS' superimposed on a close-up of Nada's red handkerchief falling to the ground
  • George Cuvalo is sent flying into the vegetable stand outside the grocery store
  • Nada instructs his troops in punching through sheets of metal
  • Inside the greenhouse, Nada prepares to deflect submachinegun bullets with his bare hands
  • Purdey and Steed raise their hands in surrender
  • Gambit easily defeats Nada with a chop to the neck

The New Avengers, Series 2 - Episode 11
The Gladiators

by Brian Clemens
Directed by Claude Fournier

Production details

Produced:July, 1977
First broadcast:
  • London: 16-Nov-76
  • Midlands: 1-Nov-76
  • Sydney (ABN-2): 3-Apr-78
  • Melbourne (ABV-2): 3-Apr-78
  • USA (CBS): 19-Jan-79
  • France (TF1): 8-Sep-79

Minutiæ

Hartley radios in that they're following a light Chevy, with the number plate LYD 951 - but it does only at end, for most of the chase, and in subsequent scenes, its plates read MBE 151! There's similar Continuity errors with Rogers' car, the plates of which oscillate between LBH 217 and LZO 053.
Furthermore, when Gambit's speeding into town in pursuit of Sminsky's Chevy (38:18), he forces one of the blue Chevys - LBH 217 - to swerve because he's absent-mindedly driving on the English side of the road - we'd just seen the other, LZO 053, dumped next to the river.

It's ironic that George Chuvalo should be knocked off his feet by Nada when he survived 93 heavyweight bouts without ever being knocked off his feet - possibly the only heavyweight boxer to never be knocked off his feet.

The sound effect used for all "Gladiators'" bare-handed assaults is that used in the various 'Cybernauts' stories.

The Transport

Marque Colour Number Plate
Ford LTD? black CDC 984
Chevrolet light grey MBE 151
Pontiac blue LBH 237
Pontiac blue LZO 053
Chevrolet light grey LYD 951
Ford 4x4 brown LYS 427
Gambit's Triumph TR7 red & white MHF 292
Plymouth police car black and white MKJ 634 / 6418
Police motorbike silver ?
Steed's Jaguar XJS yellow MHF 291

Who's Killing Whom?

Victim Killer Method
Perov Nada bare handed combat
Reet Ivan bare handed combat
Vain mercenary Tom O'Hara bare handed combat
Jed Nada bare handed combat
Click a name to see the face

The Fashions

Gambit's fashions
  1. cream check suit, cream shirt & tie
  2. zippered navy windcheater velvet/velour, navy slacks, blue shirt with brown stripes
  3. brown leather jacket, brown cord flares
Purdey's fashions
  1. frost green dress
  2. red dress peter pan collar, spotted
  3. cream blouse, sleeveless jacket, short tartan tie
Steed's fashions
  1. charcoal blazer, beige trousers, white shirt, maroon tie with diamond pattern
  2. brown sports coat, felt collar, pale khaki chinos, white shirt, brown tie with white spot

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