The New Avengers '76
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After debonair British agent John Steed was blasted into orbit with his companion Tara King at the end of "Bizarre" in 1969, the classic British TV show The Avengers finally came to an end after eight years of international success. There were certainly no plans to revive the series when Patrick MacNee (Steed) and Linda Thorson (King) got together to make a champagne commercial in 1975, but almost as soon as that short reunion was in the can, the wheels spun, and producers Brian Clemens and Albert Fennell, with French and Canadian backing, soon had The Avengers back in production. Well, almost.
For most hardcore fans of the classic Avengers series, The New Avengers is little more than a poor relation, certainly unwelcome in the show's family history. Maybe because it was my first exposure to the Avengers format, I'm not one of them. I love The New Avengers as much as I do the original 60's series. That's not to say it doesn't have faults - it does; and it certainly is more of a cousin than a sister to the original, but for me it's just as worthy of a place in Avengers folklore as anything else.
The programme had undergone many metamorphisms before. The original series starring Ian Hendry (who incidentally appears here as a guest in "To catch a rat") as David Keel, with Steed as his shadowy sidekick, bore little similarity to the subsequent seasons featuring Mrs. Catherine Gale (Honor Blackman). In turn, those episodes are only vaguely similar to the famous Mrs. Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) and Tara King (Linda Thorson) seasons that followed. But it makes perfect sense.Read more ›
However, the New Avengers was just that, NEW...the series was very fresh, updated and the three leads, Patrick Macnee, Joanna Lumley (AB FAB) and Gareth Hunt (Upstairs Downstairs) work well together. The chemistry between Steed and Purdey, and Purdey and Gambit sparkles. The stores are less the 'fantasy' type of the old Avengers. This is more high energy spy vs spy. THe set is the first year - 13 episodes and are some of the best. I did miss having EMILY in this packet - one of the lighter and funniest they did - but well, next group!!
THREE HANDED GAME is a wonderful race to stop a spy with a 'brain drain' from robbing three curiers of the secrets they carry - watch that shuffle-buck-wing!! GNAWS is great romp with their take off of JAWS in the sewers! TARGET! is a great race as someone at the target range has devised a way to knock off Britain's super spies, and it's Steed to the rescue to save Purdey's life. EAGLES NEST finds the trio off to Scotland to foil neo-Nazi group. My Favourite is The LAST OF THE CYBERNAUTS?...a tribute to the old Cybernaut episodes of the original series.
Just great fun and a delight to finally have them on DVD. Now if they will just put Return of the Saint on DVD....
And I bought the first season of "The New Avengers" thinking that I would suffer through all 13 episodes. WRONG!!!
These are simply wonderful! In fact, I watched all 13 episodes almost non-stop. The New Avengers, as far as I'm concerned, is a proud addition to the Avengers canon.
Now, A & E, when are you going to release the final season of the New Avengers, and the first half of Honor Blackman's first season? And be sure to throw in as an "extra" the one or two surviving episodes of Steed with his male partner.
Long live the Avengers!
THE NEW AVENGERS, on the other hand, manages to maintain the sense of playfulness and fun that made the earlier series such a hit, while incorporating the hard-hitting action and genuine sense of menace that Seventies movies and television honed to perfection.
Patrick MacNee's iconic John Steed has here been graduated to a kind of elder statesman role, which suits him better; Gareth Hunt's rougher-edged Mike Gambit is a roguishly charming replacement; and there are simply no words for Joanna Lumley's Purdey. The actress's indelible portrayal of Patsy Stone in ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS may be the role cited someday in her obituary, but Purdey is every bit as memorable -- coy, smart, seductive, kittenish, deadly; an irresistible paradox.
Buy it, buy it, buy it, buy it!
And yes, definitely -- bring on Season Two.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While not as good as the Emma Peel years, Purdy and Gambit help make the Avengers still enjoyable.Published 7 months ago by Douglas A. Sommer
John Steed has become the uncontested leader. It lives up to the Avengers standards.Published 10 months ago by Paul Kemp
Just finished watching, along with Jeff H., "The New Avengers '76" released by A&E Home Video. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Joseph Baneth Allen
I can't remember the last time I saw Purdy and Gambit with Steed. I loved these shows in their day, and now I can watch them again
and again at my leisure.
Not as good as the original Emma Peel episodes but you'll still be entertained. A fun series that will bring you back to the 70's.Published on April 25, 2014 by S scissors
First things first: the discs showed up on time, and in BETTER shape than described! They all play perfectly. Read morePublished on March 21, 2014 by Todd Wright
Thirteen episodes with no interesting extras is a pretty weak presentation. Lumley is charming and Macnee is devilish, but overall the shows aren't as clever or entertaining as... Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by Colten
John Steed rides again in this new recreation of the adventures of the Avengers. Gambit and Purdy serves as equal partners in solving crimes against UK or humanityPublished on March 24, 2013 by jhoscout
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