Imagine my complete surprise and delight when I came across The Avengers The Complete Emma Peel Megaset DVD collection at my favorite used bookstore: Chamblin Bookmine.
past several years I've searched for the collection at bookstores, DVD stores
and the like with no result. Even
though I knew I could buy it through the internet I still had this urge to see
it 'in the flesh' before I purchased it.
good fortune I had credit at Chamblin Bookmine and coupled with just a few
dollars I purchased the set.
of you unfamiliar with The Avengers (no, I'm not speaking of the Marvel Comics
super hero team) The Avengers was a TV series that premiered on British TV back
in the early 1960s.
the series starred two men who 'avenged' crimes, for the lack of a better explanation.
series floundered and the lead actor left to pursue a movie career. That left the supporting actor: Patrick
MacNee, to headline the show. Something
he wasn't entirely sure he could do.
producers decided to bring in another male lead and at the last moment cast a
woman: Honor Blackman, in the role.
they had a hit on their hands. Quirky, unpredictable
and tongue-in-cheek, the series combined hard-edge detective drama with super
spy antics brought on by the popularity of the new James Bond film series.
few years Honor left the show (coincidentally to star as Pussy Galore in the
James Bond film Goldfinger) and the producers suddenly found themselves scampering
about for a new female lead.
found her in Diana Rigg, a Shakespearean stage actress whom they convinced to
take on the role of super spy: Emma Peel. The rest they say is history.
set: The Avengers The Complete Emma Peel Megaset, is comprised of 16-discs that
include Ms. Rigg's run from 1965-1967-three seasons.
became such a huge hit that it migrated to the United States, transitioned to
color and become an even greater sensation.
Patrick MacNee as debonair, bowler hat-wearing and umbrella-carrying John Steed
and Diana Rigg as fashion goddess and martial arts master Emma Peel, turned the
world of spydom on its collective ear.
inventive and trend-setting the series presented a fantastic world of super-geniuses,
world-threatening madmen and woman, incredible futuristic devices and some of
the most outrageous and clever story plots ever devised for TV.
all that with Steed's wit, Emma's sexiness and you have a surefire hit.
after three brief years Ms. Rigg left the series. A new female lead was introduced,
but she failed to catch on and the series only lasted one more year.
was attempted in the 1970s that lasted a few scant years and a miserable and
dreadful movie was made some years later with a brand new cast.
The magic was gone, much
like the decade the series was placed in.
Still, The Avengers The Complete Emma Peel Megaset, is great classic TV
series compilation from Lionsgate and