Series 5 - Episode 45½ stars
The See-Through Man
by Philip Levene
Directed by Robert Asher and Roy Rossotti
Steed makes a bomb -
Emma is put to sleep!
|Set Design||2½ stars|
Well, they really did miss the mark on this one, didn't they? Nothing really engaging - I would think not one viewer would buy the invisible man story for more than a minute. Not as funny as it should have been (or they thought it was??) and not villainous enough either.
Mrs Peel is surprised to find a message on one of her
microscope slides, saying she's needed to investigate an
apparently invisible man.
Ambassador Brodny is convinced that Major Vazin, a top agent recently arrived in England, has acquired the secret of invisibility. A front for their government, The Eastern Drug Corporation, recently purchased the formula from Quilby - a mad professor expertly played by Roy Kinnear. It is all a plot to fool the British government into diverting much needed resources into pointless research but the Avengers see through the scheme.
They dispatch the villains, and flummox Brodny, before going out for something to eat, if they can catch up to the old Rolls that has a will of its own!
|Lotus Elan S3||glacier blue||SJH 499D|
|Bentley Speed Six 1926||British racing green||RX 6180|
|Austin Taxi (late 40s/early 50s)||fawn, purple curtains||PXL 748|
|Jaguar Mk II 3.8||bronze/brown||711 TPC|
|DAF 44||dark green||KLW 363D|
|Austin A110 Westminster||grey||-|
|Rolls Royce 40/50 Siver Ghost, 1909
Owned by Lord Montagu and on display at Beaulieu - National Motor Museum. This particular car was originally a limousine supplied to Colonel Fergusson of Dundee. It was found in the mid-1950s as a breakdown truck at Berwick-on-Tweed. The reproduction bodywork was constructed by Leslie Willis in the style of a Barker Roi des Belges.
|Lord Daviot [big]||Alexandre Vazin V*||Shotgun|
|Ackroyd||Alexandre Vazin V*||Strangled?|
|Professor Quilby||Alexandre Vazin V*||?|
Continuity and trivia
- 7:43 et passim. - The robot in Quilby's lab was originally made for the film, "Mother Riley Meets the Vampire" (1952). It's had the glass dome replaced with a more bulbous version and the dials on the stomach panel seem to have changed.
- 12:33 - Brodny's entry into the Vazin's quarters was filmed as slate 25.
- 13:35 - The scene where he accompanies Elena back in and queries the expenses the Vazins are incurring was filmed as slate 28.
- 15:17 - His later tiptoe through the suite was filmed as slate 26, it took two takes.
- Two's a Crowd in more ways than one - even the props department played a hand, putting a bottle of Creme des Violettes on his desk, next to the bottle of Smirnoff. Unfortunately, they weren't so attentive to the characters - Brodny says (23:10) his first names are Vladimir Jaroslav but in Two's a Crowd he claimed his mother called him Sergei.
- 21:52 - Smirnoff product placement.
- 23:43, 26:05 and 27:19 - back projection colour shift of Elena and Emma - there was colour shift earlier in another driving scene but it was much less apparent.
- 25:27 - same reel-to-reel tape player as in From Venus With Love.
- 27:54 - the studio shot of Mrs Peel getting out of her car is in the exact same spot as when she was supposed to be pulled up at the roadside, watching Elena and Ackroyd at 26:10.
- 33:00 - the turnstile in the park is rather obviously a studio set.
- 34:57 - Mrs Peel says, "Yeuch!" looking at the blue chemicals, then promptly drops some of it on her hand!
- 36:50 - Mrs Peel is chloroformed by Vazin.
- 46:55 - Brodny, trying not to get sent back behind the Iron Curtain, declares "I have tickets for the next Beatles concert". However, this was filmed in November 1966 and broadcast in 1967; the Beatles had stopped touring by then - their last English concert (not counting the impromptu gig on top of Apple Corp in 1969) was at Empire Pool, Wembley (now Wembley Arena) on 1st May, 1966. Their last ever commercial concert was at Candlestick Park in San Francisco on 29th August 1966. Of course, the scriptwriter and producers couldn't have known that at the time.
- Running time: 49'10"
- Three actors are uncredited, anyone know who they are? I suspect Daviot was just played by a member of the crew (or the unstoppable Peter J. Elliott), he just lies face down in the duck pond for a couple of seconds. Vazin is played by a costume specialist, he was last seen (if that's the word) as the bloke masquerading as a murderous old woman in The Girl From Auntie. I think he is Art Thomas from A Touch of Brimstone.
Have a look at these pictures:
Major Alexandr Vazin