Originally, Steed (Patrick Macnee) was a recurring and somewhat minor character in the show. He assisted Doctor David Keel (Ian Hendry), the main star of the show. Hendry left the series. Steed was moved up in importance as Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman) joined the team.
Ms. Blackman, of course left the series to film ‘Goldfinger‘.
“I disapprove of him strongly now. Because I don’t think you should accept a title from a country and then pay absolutely no tax towards it. He wants it both ways. I don’t think his principles are very high.”