Secret Agents Like No Others Before Them
Extraordinary crimes against the people and the state have to be avenged by agents extraordinary. Two such people are John Steed, top professional, and Emma Peel, talented amateur…otherwise known as the Avengers. Need to know who the original Avengers actually were? Those few lines explain things in a very concise manner.
Television Series Generates Cult Following
The wildly popular Avengers television series ran for five years in England before arriving in the United States in 1966. This was during the time when the big screen was saturated with a superstar named James Bond portrayed by Sean Connery. That secret agent was the creation of the late Ian Fleming and was said to be based on an actual character.
Early Premise Abandoned Early On
In the early shows John Steed (Patrick Macnee) helped a man find the men who murdered his wife. Since this scenario was tremendously limited it was quickly abandoned. Steed was transformed into a government secret agent with a partner. Partner Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman) left the show to become Pussy Galore (best fictional name in history) in the James Bond motion picture Goldfinger.
A Quarter Of A Century Later
America is behind the times in many instances. This was never more apparent that in this particular television series. It would be 25 years before these early episodes would be aired in the United States. This is were the original, as far as American audiences were concerned, spy team of John Steed and Emma Peel was concerned
Emma Peel Was As Sexy As American TV Got
The episodes aired in America were the golden years of the Avengers. Americans got to view Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) up close and personal. The sexy, liberated and supposed bridge playing widow of test pilot Peter Peel was a gifted amateur who assisted Steed. Was that relationship sexual? That was never specifically stated or shown. All viewers certainly had their own opinions.
Chemistry Was Perfect Between Two Super Spies
Mrs. Peel we’re needed. That became a familiar phrase to all viewers who watched the series religiously. Boot and leather wearing Peel was a sharp contrast to Steed who epitomized the upper crust English. He wore a three-piece suit, bowler hat and carried a bumbershoot. He lived at 3 Staple Mews and liked his coffee stirred counter-clockwise.