The Avengers Dossier [NOOK Book]

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More than any other series THE AVENGERS typified the Swinging Sixties - beginning in 1961 with Patrick Macnee starring with Ian Hendry in a grainy realistic spy thriller and ending in 1969 with Macnee and the glamorous Linda Thorson blasting off into space in a surreal episode appropriately entitled 'Bizarre'. Meanwhile we had seen the memorable Honor Blackman and Diana Rigg in roles unusually progressive for British television.
THE NEW AVENGERS in the mid-seventies reflected ...
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Overview

More than any other series THE AVENGERS typified the Swinging Sixties - beginning in 1961 with Patrick Macnee starring with Ian Hendry in a grainy realistic spy thriller and ending in 1969 with Macnee and the glamorous Linda Thorson blasting off into space in a surreal episode appropriately entitled 'Bizarre'. Meanwhile we had seen the memorable Honor Blackman and Diana Rigg in roles unusually progressive for British television.
THE NEW AVENGERS in the mid-seventies reflected changing times but retained the essence of the show - as Macnee returned to play alongside another strong independent heroine in the form of Joanna Lumley's Purdey. And then there was the film...
THE AVENGERS DOSSIER is a uniquely comprehensive yet humorous survey of all the show's incarnations. As well as a remarkably detailed episode guide to both series - even covering the kinkiness factor and champagne count in both - this volume gives behind the scenes insights and revelations about every aspect of the programme. The film and its production are examined and critical essays look at the history behind the cult.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780575133211
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/31/2013
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 654,980
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Paul Cornell, Martin Day and Keith Topping have written 5 TV guides together, all of which are now being republished under the SFGateway imprint.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2000

    Avengers Dossier sparkles with wit

    Avengers Dossier evaluates the best Avengers episode of each filmed series. They divide each episode review into such areas as: kindiness, wit (how many stars). Occasionally they misfire in evaluating an episode: Positive Negative Man of the color 1967 rigg/MacNee series was much wittier than 50,000 Breakfast or Murdersville. Similarly despite their high praise of MacNee in Two's Company it was a weak script. Girl from A.U.N.T.I.E. was far more hilarious, Superlative Seven (1967) color era much more suspenseful and entertaining. The authors offer intriguing insights into the downfall of the Avengers: creating a weak, 30s stereotyped dependent young girl instead of the two previously exciting independent, brainy female leads: Cathy Gale and Emma Peel. It was informative to learn that writers Roger Marshall and later Philip Levene disagreed with the producer about making the show cartoonish. When the two best writers left, and later the wonderful film directors were no longer doing the episodes, the quality suffered drastically. Altogether a fun read analyzing humor, suspense, clever lines & compelling villains. Worth the money and fun to reread due to the authors keen wit.

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