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YMMV / The Avengers (1998)

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  • Awesome Music: Say what you will about the actual movie, but the main theme is very cool.
  • Complete Monster: Sir August de Wynter is a depraved, Bond-esque mastermind who heads Wonderland Weather as a front for his immoral activities. De Wynter starts the "Prospero Project" in a bid to control the world's weather, murdering two of his own minions by tricking them into backing out of the project and later killing even the loyal scientists who helped to devise his doomsday device. Wynter, in the steps to his master plan, has an agent in Emma Peel's likeness murder people to frame the Ministry while knocking out and attempting to rape the real Peel in a moment of lust. Wynter ultimately attempts to extort billions out of all the world's nations lest he manipulate the weather into creating natural disasters to ravage the entire planet and kill millions, trying to freeze all of London to death in order to prove that he is serious.
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  • Fanon Discontinuity: Fans of the original series have all but completely disavowed this film and tend to view it as an unfaithful adaptation.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Yes, the bear suits are silly as hell. But then again, they have done a great job at distracting you from whatever de Wynter's conference was about, didn't they?
  • Ham and Cheese: Sean Connery as Sir August de Wynter.
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  • Narm: Loads of it. Particularly the overly polite manner in which Emma and Steed face their adversaries, the intended gender confusion among the agency codenames, de Wynter and his minions wearing teddy bear suits, and that's just to name a few.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: The movie proved very much ill-fitted to follow on the footsteps of the 1960s series, but it makes for an OK proto-Kingsman film in retrospect, with the Stiff Upper Lip gentlemanly neatly-dressed British secret agent being confronted to a global level threat, technology that's closer to the 21st century than it is to the 1960s, and overall increased violence compared to the 1960s series (the only thing lacking is Affectionate Parody). And that's before factoring in Ralph Fiennes would play in a Kingsman film.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: The Ministry has an Invisible Man, and yet they simply hide him away in the filing room, instead of using him as an infiltration officer. For added WTF, the Invisible Man is voiced by Patrick Macnee, the original John Steed.


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