The Avengers (1961): UK Series

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Postby ericthehalfabee » Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:01 pm

That’s better. Cheers KM :)
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Postby The Ginger Cat » Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:08 pm

The Movie Waffler DVD review for The Avengers: Tunnel of Fear.

http://www.themoviewaffler.com/2018/03/ ... r.html?m=1

Funnily enough, I only just fished out, blew the dust off and unwrapped me Series 4 boxset for the first time and started to watch that the other day.
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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby The Ginger Cat » Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:24 pm

Express Online piece on the Tunnel of Fear DVD and all that.

The Avengers HUGE revelation: ’LOST EPISODE’ rediscovered after 55 years

I see folks are saying the script PDFs are missing on the DVD despite being clearly advertised on the case...
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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby The Ginger Cat » Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:19 am

Not really that fussed over those missing script PDF thingys, more interested in seeing the episode, so I've ordered this Tunnel of Fear DVD.
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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby The Ginger Cat » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:02 pm

BTW, if any of you folks have bought the DVD and want those missing script PDFs, then apparently you'll have to contact StudioCanal at info@studiocanal.co.uk and they will send you a download link to the scripts.
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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby The Ginger Cat » Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:49 am

From A Touch of Brimstone. Diana Rigg as Emma Peel there. Phwoar...

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Postby The Ginger Cat » Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:02 pm

Many happy returns of the day (what's left of it, lol) to the best Avengers girl.

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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby paulhickling » Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:36 pm

She is without doubt THE classic Avengers girl.
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Postby The Ginger Cat » Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:41 pm

The sound's a bit muffled and picture quality's ropey in places but still watchable.

Patrick Macnee's THIS IS YOUR LIFE (1984)
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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby LizR » Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:07 am

paulhickling wrote:She is without doubt THE classic Avengers girl.

"Girl" ? :evil:
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Postby Child of Auron » Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:13 pm

Nearing the end of my re-watch of The Avengers, I have just seen the Tara King adventure "Stay Tuned"

It was the prequel that never was to "The Mark Of The Rani". Two of the villains were Roger Delgado and Kate O'Mara proving the Master and Rani had teamed up before :lol:
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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby paulhickling » Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:45 pm

LizR wrote:
paulhickling wrote:She is without doubt THE classic Avengers girl.

"Girl" ? :evil:


Of course I take your point Liz. But they do often get referred to as 'Avengers girls' in the same way as 'Bond girls', of which she was also one. Also, is it really that bad? I mean, I LOVE being referred to as one of the boys, especially at fifty filippin' seven! :)

I can actually feel the heat from the water I appear to be strolling into here...
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Postby LizR » Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:59 am

paulhickling wrote:
LizR wrote:
paulhickling wrote:She is without doubt THE classic Avengers girl.

"Girl" ? :evil:


Of course I take your point Liz. But they do often get referred to as 'Avengers girls' in the same way as 'Bond girls', of which she was also one. Also, is it really that bad? I mean, I LOVE being referred to as one of the boys, especially at fifty filippin' seven! :)

I can actually feel the heat from the water I appear to be strolling into here...

S'alright. Just keeping you on your toes. 8-)
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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby paulhickling » Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:06 pm

LizR wrote:
paulhickling wrote:
LizR wrote:
paulhickling wrote:She is without doubt THE classic Avengers girl.

"Girl" ? :evil:


Of course I take your point Liz. But they do often get referred to as 'Avengers girls' in the same way as 'Bond girls', of which she was also one. Also, is it really that bad? I mean, I LOVE being referred to as one of the boys, especially at fifty filippin' seven! :)

I can actually feel the heat from the water I appear to be strolling into here...

S'alright. Just keeping you on your toes. 8-)


Phew! :)
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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby LizR » Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:44 am

paulhickling wrote:Phew! :)

Got to put you young whippersnappers in your place occasionally.
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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby bobmcpherson » Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:16 am

i have been watching the early ones. All the surviving Ian Hendrys, Dr Kings and Venus Smiths and now firmly in Cathy Gale territory. Fascinating viewing. They cannot do action sequences at this point so the endings are always a bit weakish with a lot of scrambling for guns but before that they are usually top notch. Honor Blackman is REALLY very good and does not get the praise she deserves. If anything, the show is more risque than later on with Macnee getting away with some amazing double entendres usually involving Blavkman's chest. On the flip side, Blackman seemed to specialize in sensuous Hither come yon looks at odd moments.

The eps were/are not shown in their proper sequence so the viewer has difficulty following the development of the Gale./Steed relationship. For example the Mafia story CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE is the one where the romance actually starts. Before then Steed is just using Gale as her expertise is needed. At the end of this ep, Steed suddenly realizes Gale has feelings for him and rushes after to reciprocate.

The show is weird viewing too as the plots are all over the place. Mostly Cold War but then there is the one about perfume smugglers and yes the Mafia or crooked lawyers and then out of nowhere we get the Warlock story or the biological warfare story.

Philip Madoc pops up a great deal..........but there is John Laurie or Patrick Magee.

All in all once you get past that it is NOT yet the later program, it can easily be enjoyed on its own terms.

And before Emma Peel, there WAS Cathy Gale.
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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby paulhickling » Sun Dec 02, 2018 3:48 pm

Should try and do the pre-Rigg episodes again one day. Channel 4 did show some in the eighties and I think I recorded them, but I had a job sitting through them to be honest, so I never watched them again.

It's interesting the look Rigg sports in the b&w episodes. There's the leather outfits carried over from the Blackman episodes. It's the colour ones where she get her own look and those zip suits. That photo above is one of the most attractive ones I've seen..
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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby bobmcpherson » Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:53 pm

paulhickling wrote:Should try and do the pre-Rigg episodes again one day. Channel 4 did show some in the eighties and I think I recorded them, but I had a job sitting through them to be honest, so I never watched them again.

It's interesting the look Rigg sports in the b&w episodes. There's the leather outfits carried over from the Blackman episodes. It's the colour ones where she get her own look and those zip suits. That photo above is one of the most attractive ones I've seen..



Well think of it this way. The Gales are the equivalent of the Hartnells. Hell there are even flubs. Try WARLOCK which is both VERY atypical and the story where Gale is introduced.

BRIEF FOR MURDER is good as is any story with Philip Madoc.

Malcolm Hulke wrote a few eps too. So there ARE WHO connections!!

Oh and it is not as if Honor Blackman is hard on the eyes.........
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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby bobmcpherson » Sun Dec 02, 2018 7:46 pm

Try THE GOLDEN EGGS too which has a sci fic element.
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Re: "The Avengers": Sixties UK Series

Postby Child of Auron » Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:54 pm

I am fast approaching the end of my re-watch of The Avengers, this is only my second viewing of the non-Peel colour episodes and I found myself appreciating the Cathy Gale seasons far more than before. Honor Blackman was a fantastic foil for McNee, with an icy wit and self-assuredness which I wasn't aware of on initial viewing.

I certainly felt a pang of loss when she decided to go "pussy footing in the Bahamas" at the end of season three.
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