Have Guns — Will Haggle

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"Have Guns — Will Haggle"
The Avengers episode
Episode no. Season 6
Episode 12
Directed by Ray Austin
Written by Donald James (teleplay)
Produced by Albert Fennell, Brian Clemens, John Bryce (uncredited)
Featured music Laurie Johnson
Production code 6-6
Original air date 11 December 1968 (1968-12-11)
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"Have Guns — Will Haggle" is the twelfth episode of the sixth series of the 1960s cult British spy-fi television series The Avengers, starring Patrick Macnee and Linda Thorson. It was first aired by Thames Television on 11 December 1968. The episode was directed by Ray Austin, and written by Donald James.


Three thousand top-secret and super-powerful FF70 rifles are stolen and come up on the black market for auction. In order to thwart the power-hungry Col. Nsonga, Steed decides to try and outbid him. There is an added incentive: the winner also decides the fate of the captured Tara.



Filmed between October 1967 and February 1968, "Have Guns — Will Haggle" started as the pilot episode of the sixth series of The Avengers. In its original conception, entitled "Invitation to a Killing", it ran for 90 minutes and introduced the character of Tara King. As with Steed's previous companions, the intention was to introduce Tara as already working with Steed. However when original producer John Bryce was replaced by Albert Fennell and Brian Clemens, they decided to begin the series with "The Forget-Me-Knot" which explicitly introduced the character, so "Have Guns — Will Haggle" was moved to midway through the run. As such, it was edited down to the usual length of around 50 minutes.[1]


  1. ^ Rogers, Dave (1995) The Ultimate Avengers, Boxtree

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