The Avengers (1961–1969)

TV Series   |  TV-14   |    |  Action, Comedy, Crime

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A quirky spy show of the adventures of an eccentrically suave British Agent and his predominately female partners.

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  • Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg in The Avengers (1961)
  • Vivian Pickles in The Avengers (1961)
  • Honor Blackman in The Avengers (1961)
  • Mark Eden and Jon Rollason in The Avengers (1961)
  • Ian Clark and Jan Conrad in The Avengers (1961)
  • Athene Seyler in The Avengers (1961)

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30 September 2004 | gnb
Truly superb!
An absolute masterpiece in British television, The Avengers is a timeless, witty, fantastical series which is as, if not more, popular today than it was more than 40 years ago.

This series has something for everybody - gangsters, diabolical masterminds, glamorous girls, car chases, fights and endless glasses of champagne.

It is interesting to see how the series developed from its humble beginnings in 1961. Playing it straight in the early days it gradually became more and more way-out with wackier and wackier plots and characters. The Cathy Gale and Emma Peel eras are regarded by many to be the high point of the series although there are high spots in virtually every point in the show's history.

Only one episode exists from Series 1 with the mysterious, shadowy Steed being a much more sinister character to Ian Hendry's open Doctor Keel. Then we have much verbal sparring and innuendo between Steed and the delicious Cathy Gale and her kinky boots. Film and eventually colour were introduced with the feline Emma Peel and her high kicks and the show closed the 60s in gaudy, cartoonish style with the naive Tara King and her snazzy Lotus Europa.

This is British television at its best and a true legend in broadcasting. The 1970s version, The New Avengers, has it's own charm in a way but is best regarded as a totally separate entity as this original series was...well...original!

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Did You Know?


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).


John Steed: Mrs. Peel, we're needed.

Crazy Credits

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.

Alternate Versions

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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Action | Comedy | Crime | Mystery | Romance | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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