TV Series | TV-14 | | Action, Comedy, Crime
A quirky spy show of the adventures of an eccentrically suave British Agent and his predominately female partners.
With Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015), Ralph Fiennes became the seventh major actor or actress who appeared in the "James Bond" and "The Avengers" universes, the latter being the English spy one, and not the comic super-heroes one. From this show, one actor and two actresses appeared in Bond movies: Honor Blackman played Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964), Patrick Macnee portrayed Sir Godfrey Tibbett in A View to a Kill (1985), and Diana Rigg played "Tracy" Di Vicenzo in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). The latter movie also featured as "The English Girl", Joanna Lumley, who appeared in The New Avengers (1976), which also starred Macnee. While Nadim Sawalha appeared in The Avengers (1998), as well as two Bond movies, The Living Daylights (1987) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Fiennes appeared in The Avengers (1998) appearing with former James Bond Sir Sean Connery, who played the villain Sir August de Wynter. Of these seven actors, Fiennes and Macnee have portrayed The Avengers' character of John Steed, in the theatrical film and television series, respectively, with the latter also voicing the Invisible Jones character in The Avengers (1998). In that movie, John Steed (Ralph Fiennes) and Emma Peel (Uma Thurman) get across the frozen river by "walking" on the surface inside inflatable plastic bubbles, which is similar to how James Bond gets aboard Ernst Stavro Blofeld's (Charles Gray's) oil rig in Connery's final official series Bond movie, Diamonds Are Forever (1971).
Mrs. Peel, we're needed.
In some parts of the world, the opening credits for the first color season begin with a brief sequence showing Steed preparing to open a bottle of champagne. Mrs. Peel shoots the cap off the bottle, and they pour a toast to each other. Only then do the opening credits actually begin.
Starting in the summer of 2004, the BBC America Channel aired prints of fifth and sixth season episodes with the humorous tag sequences at the end of episodes deleted. During the autumn of 2004, the prints were further altered, with the original closing credits sequence with shadowy images of Steed and Mrs. Peel against a blue background replaced by credits rapidly rolled past a plain black background. In early 2005, the same channel aired seventh season prints with the same changes.
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