Avengers '66: Vol. 1
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"Where have all the martlets gone?" That's the not particularly intriguing mystery that gentleman spy John Steed (Patrick Macnee) and his partner, Mrs. Emma Peel (Diana Rigg), root out in "Silent Dust," one of three episodes on this DVD from the 1966 season of The Avengers. It has something to do with a fertilizer that "went wrong" and a plot to defoliate all of England "if necessary." A highlight is a wounded Steed's delirious fantasy in which a mustachioed Mrs. Peel, garbed in Old West duds and clutching a jug of Red Eye, removes a bullet. The climactic chase has horsebacked bad guys tallyhoing after Mrs. Peel, giving new meaning to the phrase "fox hunt." "Room Without a View" is better, as Steed and Mrs. Peel check out a hotel in which seven guests--all physicists--have mysteriously disappeared from room 612. Steed gets the episode's best line. He informs Mrs. Peel that a by-the-book bureaucrat requires everything in triplicate. Regarding his ravishing partner, he smiles, "I wonder what he'll think of you." In "Small Game for Big Hunters," Steed and Mrs. Peel do the voodoo that they do so well. Local farmers are in comas. Is it "the curse that follows one across continents"? Why has the Kalayan jungle been re-created in the English countryside? And what's with those incessant and infernal tribal drums? James Villers makes a diabolical villain as hunter Simon "That's not all I've shot" Trent. All three episodes are in black and white. --Donald Liebenson
- 3 Complete Episodes: Silent Dust, Room Without A View, Small Game For Big Hunters
- BONUS: Gallery of Production Stills Included
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The transfers are gorgeous and bring new meaning to the term 'glorious black and white'. The stories are fun, clever, witty. The dialogue is classic, and the delivery from the co-stars elevates it even further. They, in turn, bring new meaning to the term 'cool'.
I loved every minute of it.
And, speaking of cool, have a look at Danger Man with Patrick McGoohan. You gotta love those Brits!
"The 13th Hole" -- A Mad Scientist/International Intrigue vehicle where a golf course country club is being used as a cover location. Steed and Mrs. Peel tee-off on the bad guys. This is a really great episode! Written by Terry Williamson.
"Quick-Quick-Slow Death" -- A dancing school is the focus, where some mighty underhanded stuff is going on -- but who is the ring-leader of the skullduggery? Written by Robert Banks Stewart.
"Small Game for Big Hunters" -- A Jungle-full of tropical shenanigans, including savage natives with blowguns, and a plot of biological sabotage just a few miles from London? It's so and viewers will love this one -- Lots of cool sets. Written by Philip Levene.
"The Girl from Auntie" -- A fake Mrs. Peel! The real one is being auctioned off to a pack of mean international bidders! Pretty good. Written by Roger Marshall.
"Silent Dust" -- This is one of my big favorites. A group of very bad people plan to hold all England for ransom -- if they don't get paid, they'll release the "Silent Dust" which exterminates all life. It all culminates during a big fox-hunt! Great casting in this entry. Written by Roger Marshall.
"Room Without A View" -- Important scientists go missing and end up in a very nasty Asian prison camp... sort of. It's really all happening inside an exclusive hotel. Steed, who poses as a gourmet hotel critic, and Mrs. Peel have to solve the deadly mystery and get back these top scientists. Written by Roger Marshall.
I don't know if you get the same deal if you purchase the DVD set -- with the VHS set, you'll get 3 tapes, with two episodes per tape (with the other '66 set, there's a "bonus episode," which makes three episodes on one of the tapes), for a total of 6 episodes. The tapes are not copy-protected.
There were Avengers episodes prior to 1965 but they weren't quite as good -- they were more soap opera-ish. Macnee had two or three different lady-partners during those earlier years and those gals simply weren't as dynamic as Rigg. Also, the music, action, and story-writing much improved in '65, which is when "The Avengers" got launched on to American television -- I watched every one of these episodes at the time. These black-and-white Macnee-Rigg entries continued through 1966, (it went color after that and Rigg eventually left the series). In the end, '65 and '66 were the two best years of all.
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