Mike Gambit

Real Name: Michael Gambit

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Intelligence officer, former soldier (paratrooper), racing driver

Affiliations: member of the "New Avengers" (John Steed, Mike Gambit and Purdey)

Enemies: Father Trasker, Perov, Felix Kane, Cybernauts, Professor Turner, Zarcardi, Draker, Kloekoe, Harmer, Mark Crawford, Coldstream, Unicorn, Soo Choy, Scapina, the Fox

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: U.K., but active worldwide

First Appearance: The New Avengers #1 "The Eagle's Nest" (London Weekend Television, 22nd October 1976)

Powers/Abilities: Gambit is highly skilled in both armed and unarmed combat. A trained paratrooper, what he lacks in finesse he tends to make up in brute force.

History: Mike Gambit had been a Major in the Paras, then briefly turned his hand to racing car driving, before settling in to the life of a secret agent. He was partnered with veteran agent John Steed and the beautiful but deadly Purdey, and together the trio of "Avengers" took on some of the most bizarre threats to the U.K. and the world ever faced by any operative, from killer cyborgs to giant rats, from mind controlled birds to villainous doppelgangers.

Comments: Played by Gareth Hunt.

Gambit appeared in all 26 episodes of the New Avengers:

  1. The Eagle's Nest

  2. House of Cards

  3. The Last of the Cybernauts...??

  4. The Midas Touch

  5. Cat Amongst the Pigeons

  6. Target!

  7. To Catch a Rat

  8. The Tale of the Big Why

  9. Faces

  10. Gnaws

  11. Dirtier By the Dozen

  12. Sleeper

  13. The Three-Handed Game

  14. Dead Men are Dangerous

  15. Angels of Death

  16. Medium Rare

  17. The Lion and the Unicorn

  18. Obsession

  19. Trap

  20. Hostage

  21. K Is For Kill - Part 1: The Tiger Awakes

  22. K Is For Kill - Part 2: Tiger By the Tail

  23. Complex

  24. Forward Base

  25. The Gladiators

  26. Emily

Several of the early episodes were novelised and released in 1976/1977 by Futura Publications:

  1. House of Cards by Peter Cave

  2. The Eagle's Nest by John Carter

  3. To Catch a Rat by Walter Harris

  4. Fighting Men by Justin Cartwright (appears to be a brand new story, rather than a novelisation of an episode)

  5. The Cybernauts by Peter Cave

  6. Hostage by Peter Cave

He also appeared in two New Avengers Annuals, published in 1978 and 1979, enjoying four new comic strip adventures alongside Purdey and Steed.

  1. Fangs for the Memory (1978 Annual)

  2. Hypno-Twist (1978 Annual)

  3. Midas Secret (1979 Annual, apparently based on "The Midas Touch" TV episode)

  4. The Cybernauts (1979 Annual, apparently based on "The Last of the Cybernauts...?" TV episode)

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