Elite guard

Toulouse Elite guards - Tura Satana nearest camera.

The Toulouse Elite Guards.

Appear in - The secret agent TV series The Girl from UNCLE (USA NBC net.1966 - 67).

Episode - The Moulin Ruse Affair

First broadcast - January 17 1967.

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The Elite Guards are criminal henchwomen supposedly working for the dwarfish renegade scientist Dr Vladimir Toulouse (Shelley Berman).

Dr Toulouse is threatening to sell the formula for a pill - "vitamin Q" -  he's developed, which confers superhuman strength, to the criminal syndicate Thrush - unless UNCLE pays him $5 million. UNCLE sends agents April Dancer (Stefanie Powers) and Mark Slate (Noel Harrison) to a Caribbean island where Dr Toulouse has a kind of sanitarium, under orders to destroy the scientist's formula and pills - however, if they fail to do this, they are to pay the doctor the money he's demanding. The money is in the keeping of UNCLE's man on the island. Unfortunately, Mark and April find he's been killed, and now have no idea where the $5 million is.

The UNCLE duo infiltrate the Toulouse sanitarium, where the doctor is providing a group of very old people with his pills to "rejuvenate" them (for a large fee!).

The premises are crawling with guards - a group of extremely tall women Dr Toulouse gives his pills to in order to increase their strength. They are led by Rabbit (Tura Satana). Mark and April are captured and Dr Toulouse puts them in a death trap. With only their necks and heads exposed, the doctor sends mini robots in their direction which are primed with explosives - he will only stop them if they reveal the location of the $5 million (they can't - they don't know it). But before they can be killed, Nadia Marcolescu (Yvonne De Carlo), supposedly the doctor's lover, interrupts things. The robots are halted, and Nadia reveals herself as a Thrush agent who intends taking the pill formula for the crime syndicate and awarding herself the $5 million.

The henchwomen guards are with her, turning out to be working for Nadia, not Dr Toulouse, who is taken prisoner.

Nadia now puts Dr Toulouse himself into his own mini robot death trap (which proves fatal for him) and she and the female guards take Mark and April away to use their own methods to try to get them to reveal where the money is. However, the villainesses are ambushed by the old people - hyped up on the Toulouse tablets - and with Mark and April battle Nadia and her girls, easily defeating them. The villainesses end up knocked out and lying on the floor. The pills and the formula are destroyed and April and Mark eventually uncover the hiding place of the missing UNCLE cheque for $5 million.

Appearance - Very tall women in their twenties dressed in grey leotard type uniforms.

Weapons - In some scenes they carry the special Thrush rifles - one is seen with a pistol (luger).

Fate - Knocked out and presumably arrested.

Notes - Unfortunately, in some instances during the final fight the female guards are clearly being doubled by stunt men in wigs (maybe tall stunt women were impossible to find?).

Trivia Edit

  • Tura Satana appeared as Varla, the main antagonist in the 1965 exploitation film "Faster Pussycat! Kill Kill".
  • Tura Satana appeared as Satana, the evil wicked Chinese spy in the 1968, film, "The Astro-Zombies".
  • Young Stefanie Powers appears very fetching in the black all leather outfit she wears in part of the episode.
  • Linda Albertano was only 14 years old when this was filmed. She was 6 ft 3 in.

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