Creator Killer: Director Jeremiah Chechik's career was electrocuted by this movie being a massive critical and commercial bomb (not screening the movie for critics and trying to justify the move by saying he wanted the press and audience "to experience the movie together" blew up in his face and added to the problems.) He spent the next fifteen years sticking to television, and he's still wallowing in the C-list of directors.
Deleted Role: Roger Lloyd Pack filmed scenes as a professor working on the Prospero Programme during an opening sequence which was deleted from the final print. He can still be glimpsed in the trailer.
Franchise Killer: Gunned down any ideas of adapting a modern-day successor to the classic British spy show.
Missing Trailer Scene: A huge chunk of the storyline was cut out prior to release, including a major opening sequence setting the plot. The trailer features footage from these deleted scenes, such as the fake Emma Peel uttering the code phrase "How now, brown cow?"
Name's the Same: If anyone tells you that The Avengers is their favorite movie of all time, chances are they don't mean this movie. As noted on the main page, the movie featuring the Marvel superhero team was renamed Avengers Assemble in the UK to ensure it isn't mixed up with this film.
Diana Rigg was asked to play Alice. Upon seeing the script, she refused.
Michael Caine was in the running for the role of Sir August De Wynter.
A lengthy subplot was deleted from the final cut involving Emma Peel's brother in law Valentine. He would apparently die in an explosion with Peter in the opening, only to later get revealed as the Big Bad - faking his death and staging the visions to make Emma think she was going mad.
The original script follows the same plot structure with a few differences . The most important details , which were either altered or trimmed altogether from the finished film, are the following:
In the opening sequence Emma Peel is working at Prospero Weather Base with her husband Peter Peel and his brother Valentine Peel. All the scientists are dealing with climatic changes. Peter gives Emma a ring. Shortly thereafter the base is blown up. Peter and Valentine are killed in the explosion but Emma barely makes it out alive.
The main villain is not named De Winter but Merriweather.
During the course of the plot, Emma has sporadic visions with Peter talking to her. This stresses the question if she is delusional or not and if she has a split personality.
The murder attempt scene does not take place during a snow blizzard but at a desert. This increases the hallucinating atmosphere and makes Steed more confused after waking up, wondering if this incident was a dream or not. Evil Emma was of course riding a camel during the attack.
During the final scenes Emma confronted Father in a massive room full of giant mirrors.
In the finale it was revealed that the evil mastermind was Valentine Peel in disguise. He had staged his death, was the culprit behind the explosion and killed Peter because he wanted the ring which contained important information about the weather. In an attempt to trick Emma, Valentine initially appears as disguised Peter in order to deceive her to hand him the ring. All the visions that Emma had were staged by Valentine.