History Series / TheAvengers

18th Oct '17 6:19:01 AM moloch
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The series was originally created as a vehicle for Ian Hendry (who would [[DeletedRole sort of]] appear in [[Film/CasinoRoyale1967 a sort-of Bond film]]), to capitalise on the popularity he had developed during his previous show, ''Police Surgeon''. In the {{pilot}}, his character, Dr David Keel, was recruited by spy John Steed (Macnee) as a part-time expert assistant in return for Steed's help capturing the murderers of Keel's wife; this was pretty much [[ArtifactTitle the last time in the series any actual]] ''[[ArtifactTitle avenging]]'' [[ArtifactTitle took place]]. This first series was generally a grim-and-gritty crime affair, centering around drug smugglers, arms dealers and endless cases involving stolen diamonds.

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The series was originally created as a vehicle for Ian Hendry (who would [[DeletedRole sort of]] not-quite]] appear in [[Film/CasinoRoyale1967 a sort-of not-quite Bond film]]), to capitalise on the popularity he had developed during his previous show, ''Police Surgeon''. In the {{pilot}}, his character, Dr David Keel, was recruited by spy John Steed (Macnee) as a part-time expert assistant in return for Steed's help capturing the murderers of Keel's wife; this was pretty much [[ArtifactTitle the last time in the series any actual]] ''[[ArtifactTitle avenging]]'' [[ArtifactTitle took place]]. This first series was generally a grim-and-gritty crime affair, centering around drug smugglers, arms dealers and endless cases involving stolen diamonds.
18th Oct '17 6:16:20 AM moloch
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Eventually Rigg left Steed for the embrace of [[Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService George Lazenby's doomed James Bond film]], and Steed took on his last partner, Tara King. Tara (played by Linda Thorson, who has ''not'' appeared in a Bond film, but made up for it by being the only one of the bunch to appear on ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Star Trek]]'') was a more feminine character, though still an ActionGirl, but the series never survived the loss of Rigg, massive problems behind the scenes and being put up in America against ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn''. The series finished after just one season with Tara King.

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Eventually Rigg left Steed for the embrace of [[Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService George Lazenby's doomed James Bond film]], and Steed took on his last partner, Tara King. Tara (played by Linda Thorson, who has ''not'' appeared in a Bond film, but made up for it by being the only one of the bunch to appear on ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration ''[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E18TheChase Star Trek]]'') was a more feminine character, though still an ActionGirl, but the series never survived the loss of Rigg, massive problems behind the scenes and being put up in America against ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn''. The series finished after just one season with Tara King.
18th Oct '17 6:13:54 AM moloch
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The series was originally created as a vehicle for Ian Hendry (who would ''not'' later appear in a Bond film), to capitalise on the popularity he had developed during his previous show, ''Police Surgeon''. In the {{pilot}}, his character, Dr David Keel, was recruited by spy John Steed (Macnee) as a part-time expert assistant in return for Steed's help capturing the murderers of Keel's wife; this was pretty much [[ArtifactTitle the last time in the series any actual]] ''[[ArtifactTitle avenging]]'' [[ArtifactTitle took place]]. This first series was generally a grim-and-gritty crime affair, centering around drug smugglers, arms dealers and endless cases involving stolen diamonds.

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The series was originally created as a vehicle for Ian Hendry (who would ''not'' later [[DeletedRole sort of]] appear in [[Film/CasinoRoyale1967 a sort-of Bond film), film]]), to capitalise on the popularity he had developed during his previous show, ''Police Surgeon''. In the {{pilot}}, his character, Dr David Keel, was recruited by spy John Steed (Macnee) as a part-time expert assistant in return for Steed's help capturing the murderers of Keel's wife; this was pretty much [[ArtifactTitle the last time in the series any actual]] ''[[ArtifactTitle avenging]]'' [[ArtifactTitle took place]]. This first series was generally a grim-and-gritty crime affair, centering around drug smugglers, arms dealers and endless cases involving stolen diamonds.
5th Oct '17 11:32:53 PM Saveelich
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For the series' character sheet, see [[Characters/TheAvengersSeries here]].

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For '''For the series' character sheet, see [[Characters/TheAvengersSeries here]].
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5th Oct '17 11:32:38 PM Saveelich
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Not to be confused with [[ComicBook/TheAvengers the American comic]] or [[Film/TheAvengers2012 its film adaptation]], the latter of which was renamed ''Avengers Assemble'' for the British market for precisely this reason.

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Not to be confused with [[ComicBook/TheAvengers the American comic]] or [[Film/TheAvengers2012 its film adaptation]], [[MarketBasedTitle the latter of which was renamed renamed]] ''Avengers Assemble'' for the British market for precisely this reason.
27th Aug '17 3:11:14 AM Arivne
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* AuctionOfEvil
** Episode "Have Guns - Will Haggle". Thieves steal 3,000 highly-secret, brand-new rifles and stage an auction for the guns for buyers on the black market.
** Episode "The Man from Auntie". An organization which [[ItMustBeMine steals items for collectors]] kidnaps Mrs. Peel and plans to auction her off to them.
** "The Hour That Never Was". A team of technicians at a Royal Air Force base is brainwashed by a team of criminals using ultrasonics. The BigBad intends to set up an auction of the brainwashed personnel to the highest bidder.
27th Jul '17 11:11:57 PM foxley
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* HooksAndCrooks: In TheTeaser to "The Eagle's Nest", a pair of sentries disguised as anglers kill an intruder on the island by lashing him with poisoned fishing hooks.
15th Jul '17 1:09:57 PM nombretomado
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* NoImmortalInertia: The soldiers in the Russian 'secret army' who have been in 'cold storage' since WorldWarII in the "K is for Kill" two-parter. When they are killed they revert to their chronological age.

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* NoImmortalInertia: The soldiers in the Russian 'secret army' who have been in 'cold storage' since WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII in the "K is for Kill" two-parter. When they are killed they revert to their chronological age.
17th Jun '17 12:50:59 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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The show was later [[TheFilmOfTheSeries made into a movie]] starring Ralph Fiennes ([[Film/{{Skyfall}} who now appears in]] [[Film/{{Spectre}} Bond films]]) and Creator/UmaThurman (who may or may not appear in some future Bond film yet), whose only redeeming quality was Creator/SeanConnery ([[OverlyLongGag who had appeared ]] [[CaptainObvious in many Bond films]]) [[HamAndCheese hamming it up]] as an evil Scotsman. For more on this film, which is pretty much disowned by fans for straying too far from the concept of the series, see ''Film/TheAvengers1998''.

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The show was later [[TheFilmOfTheSeries made into a movie]] starring Ralph Fiennes Creator/RalphFiennes ([[Film/{{Skyfall}} who now appears in]] [[Film/{{Spectre}} Bond films]]) and Creator/UmaThurman (who may or may not appear in some future Bond film yet), whose only redeeming quality was Creator/SeanConnery ([[OverlyLongGag who had appeared ]] [[CaptainObvious in many Bond films]]) [[HamAndCheese hamming it up]] as an evil Scotsman. For more on this film, which is pretty much disowned by fans for straying too far from the concept of the series, see ''Film/TheAvengers1998''.
30th Mar '17 11:46:28 AM skidoo23
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* {{Adorkable}}: John Steed.

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* {{Adorkable}}: John Steed. Also Tara King, and even Mrs. Peel on occasion when she is indulging in her hobbies (or imitating the sound of a machine gun in the "Strange Case of the Missing Corpse" promo short).



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Or rather, an early installment ''lack'' of the weirdness that most people associate with the series.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Or rather, an early installment ''lack'' of the weirdness that most people associate with the series. The first season, with Steed paired with Keel, was a straightforward crime drama. Even the early Cathy episodes were pretty much just straight crime stories as well (along with those featuring short-term partners Venus Smith and Martin King). It wasn't till Cathy became Steed's only partner that the bizarre and occasionally SF-tinged stories began.
** During the first season, Ian Hendry's Dr. Keel was the lead character, so much so that there are a few episodes in which Steed does not even appear.
** The characterization of Steed in the first two seasons was markedly different, with the character being more brusque and rough-and-tumble and less-friendly. His attitude towards Cathy in her early episodes is also more sexually aggressive than it became later.
** Several of Cathy Gale's early episodes were actually written for the David Keel character, with the dialogue left more or less unchanged; this led to some characterization refinement as scripts written specifically for Cathy began to emerge.
** The first two seasons had Steed answering to an on-screen superior; this was abandoned for the better-known Cathy and Emma eras, but it was revived with the introduction of Mother in the Tara era.



* IconicOutfit: The {{Spy Catsuit}}s.

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* IconicOutfit: The {{Spy Catsuit}}s.Catsuit}}s, which came to be known as "Emma peelers".
** Emma's leather outfit from her first season (later replaced by the aforementioned catsuits).
** Although it appeared only once, the S&M-themed outfit worn by Diana Rigg in the episode "A Touch of Brimstone" became instantly iconic (even if it caused the episode to be banned in some places).
** Steed's bowler hat, umbrella and suit was itself a style-setter.



*** Debatable: unlike Gale and Peel, Steed and King were shown in unambiguously romantic scenarios and both actors have indicated their belief that the two were in an off-screen relationship.

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*** Debatable: unlike Gale and Peel, Steed and King were shown in unambiguously romantic scenarios and both actors have indicated their belief that the two were in an off-screen relationship. Macnee has also stated his belief that Steed and Peel were lovers, too, though there is no indication of this on screen.



* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Dr King. Also, in-universe, when the viewer catches a glimpse of Mrs. Peel's returned husband, he looks a ''lot'' like Steed.

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Dr King.Dr. King, an occasional partner of Steed's during the second season who was basically just a stand-in for the now-departed Dr. Keel. Also, in-universe, when the viewer catches a glimpse of Mrs. Peel's returned husband, he looks a ''lot'' like Steed.
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