By Terylene (with the great help from
Now Let's See...
neophyte would be tempted to answer affirmatively this question which
sounds somewhat superfluous: "Sure there was only one Steed,"
they'd say rather firmly.
will think a little more and consider the question deeper. "Well,
not exactly," they'd affirm. That's true, but we have to say that
our question by no means refers to the actors who played Steed either
in the short-lived London stage version of 1971 (Simon Oates) or in the
dreadful Hollywood film version of 1998 (Ralph Fiennes), or in the rather
wonderful radio series starring Donald Monat.
To us, the truest
fans of the series, Steed was and always will be played by Mr. Patrick
Macnee. The matter is definite, and any refutation would be useless. Surely
this would be the opinion of most people, whether they are represented
by the most fervent supporters, or those who watch "The Avengers"
only as a mere entertainment.
Now if the premise
that there was always only one Steed is what really counts, our question
at the top of this page would look completely out of context. But it isn't
like that. On the contrary, this question is more complex than it looks
like, and we'll try to analyze it in detail in the next pages.
* Digital Collage by Natalio (based on M.C.
Escher's "Reflection Sphere").