John Steed

John Steed

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John Steed

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John Steed is a fictional character, played by Patrick Macnee, on the British series The Avengers and The New Avengers.


Steed was a secret agent working for an unnamed branch of British intelligence. He was teamed with a variety of partners, including Dr. David Keel (1961), Cathy Gale (1962–1964), Emma Peel (1965–1968), Tara King (1968–1969), Purdey, and Mike Gambit (both 1976–1977).

One of Steed's trademarks was his impeccable dress, often consisting of a stroller with Bowler and everpresent umbrella. Steed's umbrella, with its distinctive whangee handle, was known for containing a sword, though there were other versions, including one that featured a sound recorder and one with a camera hidden under the handle for covert photography ("The Cybernauts"). (The swordstick featured in the title sequence was made by venerable English umbrella maker James Smith & Sons.)The bowler was metal plated and very hard, it could stop bullets and knock down opponents.His bowler and umbrella were in fact his favourite weapons. He was highly sagacious, skilled in combat and an excellent Swordsman. He also seemed to be something of an oenophile, having an impeccable palate and a love for Champagne.



Steed was born John Wickham Gascoyne Berresford Steed in the mid-1920s. A distinguished veteran of World War II, Steed served in the Intelligence Corps and received the Military Cross for single-handedly taking a German machine-gun...
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