Trivia / The Avengers (1998)

  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Eddie Izzard claimed the only reason he agreed to do this film was because he just wanted to meet Sean Connery.
  • Box Office Bomb: Budget: $60 million. Box Office: $23,384,939.
  • Creator Backlash: The failure of this and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen were what persuaded Sean Connery to retire from acting.
  • 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 wouldn't direct again for 15 years, and he's still wallowing in the C-list of directors.
  • Disowned Adaptation: Patrick Macnee hated the film.
  • 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.
  • Not Screened for Critics: One of the most well-known examples.
  • Playing Against Type: Sean Connery as a supervillain.
  • Star-Derailing Role: This film, along with Batman & Robin the year prior, banished Uma Thurman's career to the B-list until she was able to claw her way back out with Kill Bill, which was ironically another Quentin Tarantino project (He was responsible for her stardom from Pulp Fiction). It was a near-miss for Ralph Fiennes, who was saved by The English Patient coming out after this and turning him into a star.
  • Stillborn Franchise: This film's failure quashed all thoughts of making The Avengers a film series.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Nicole Kidman was the first choice to play Emma Peel, but was too busy with Eyes Wide Shut.
    • Diana Rigg was asked to play Alice. Upon seeing the script, she refused.
    • 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.
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