Patrick Macnee, who played the dapper John Steed in the original television series "The Avengers," won't presume to advise Ralph Fiennes, star of the new movie version, on how to play the film's leading man.

"You don't give the man who has won a Tony for `Hamlet' advice on how to play John Steed," said Macnee.Macnee said he has a cameo role in the movie, which also stars Uma Thurman as Emma Peel and Sean Connery as the villain.