|Patrick Macnee as the beguiling Count Iblis in War of the Gods.|
Beloved the world over for his portrayal as the cool English super spy with the witty repartee and the glamorous action heroine at his side, Patrick Macnee is immortalised forever as THE AVENGERS John Steed during the 1960's and 70's. But, away from his iconic inhabiting of the bowler hat wearing hero, he had so many other theatre, film and TV credits to his name, including a Roger Moore James Bond film, and, of course, his excellent contributions to the world of American cult science fiction with BATTLESTAR GALACTICA during its singular season, providing the key opening narration to the series that set the tone of mystery and adventure for the series ahead, and giving his strong and distinctive voice to the calculating evil of the Cylon's reptilian/cyborg Imperious Leader. Creator Glen A. Larson, recognising such fine acting talent now firmly ensconced in Hollywood, would give Macnee a meatier and more distinctive series role to enjoy the following year, a brilliant casting choice as a fresh threat to the Galactican heroes, literally the Devil himself, in the corrupting form of Count Iblis, excellently and memorably played by the actor almost as if it were the darker, flip-side of the Steed character, for what would prove to be one of the series finest two-part tales, War of the Gods.
▶ Battlestar Galactica Opening Theme from 1978 - YouTube
▶ Battlestar Galactica 1978 Episode 13 "War of the Gods Part 1" Preview - YouTube
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA - SAGA OF A STAR WORLD: CHARMING BUT DEADLY. PATRICK MACNEE TALKS IBLIS.
Stylish, gentlemanly and world travelled to the end, Patrick Macnee will be much missed...
▶ Farewell Patrick Macnee - YouTube
Avengers star Patrick Macnee dies - BBC News