Actor Patrick Macnee Dies… “The Avengers” Live On DVD

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Sadly, actor Patrick Macnee is dead at the age of 93.

DVDs and photographs of Pactrick Macnee and Diana Rigg from “The Avengers” series are selling on ebay.

Some items such as the DVD set are available for less on Amazon.

Diana Rigg is still young in her 70s and still performing.

It all brings back so many memories from my childhood.

When I was a little girl, I wanted to grow up to be Diana Rigg’s Emma Peel. She was strong, bright and beautiful. You never saw Emma Peel struggling with depression or whining about inequality.  She was witty, she stood up for herself and she was an inspiration.  She could take on men twice her size.  She seemed to be the woman who had it all… as a fictional character. My oldest sister watched the TV show and she made me fall in love with John Steed and Emma Peel during the late 60s.  We would watch reruns over and over again into the 70s.  Then, the show seemed to disappear as it was replaced with more popular programming.

They should have made “The Avengers” into a film.  Oh, that’s right, they did in 1998 and … it flopped.

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The feature film version starred Uma Thurman and Ralph Fiennes.

The film version had a budget of $60 million but only grossed $23 million.

Ouch.

Maybe it had something to do with the plot about a weather changing machine that could destroy the world.  Or maybe it was marketing or timing.

Diana Rigg has talked about her characters on “The Avengers” and the more recent “Game of Thrones.”

The timing was simply perfect for the original television series.

It was exactly what the audience was looking for… a little mystery, a good story and strong characters.  The pacing was perfect and wrapped up in 60 minute episodes.

Those were the good old days…  I still love the opening and closing credits.

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Tippin’ my hat to John Steed, Mr. Patrick Macnee.

Hopefully, he’ll say hello to my sister for me.

May he rest in peace…

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