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(US Naval Institute)   TV spies of the Cold War Era. Emma Peel of "The Avengers" proved that women could be action heroes, while "Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp" proved that drugs were stronger in the Sixties   (news.usni.org) divider line 80
    More: Spiffy, Emma Peel, Cold War, Lancelot Link, humans, Vietnam Era, secret societies, spies, Mr. Ed  
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2014-01-06 01:09:32 PM  
Not stronger, just virgin systems.
 
2014-01-06 01:13:16 PM  
Hey!!!  I really enjoyed Lancelot Link.

Of course I didn't masturbate to Lancelot in quite the same way I did Emma Peel.
 
2014-01-06 01:14:53 PM  
bookmark
 
2014-01-06 01:22:37 PM  
Emma Peel's lost husband returned and she immediately retired to go be a good wife.

Yeah, I know it was actually the writers scrambling for a way to write her out when the actress wanted to leave the show, but "Husband came back from the dead so now you can go be wifey" seems the worst possible choice.
 
2014-01-06 01:39:52 PM  
31.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-01-06 01:57:03 PM  
media.screened.com

Somebody say "Emma Peel"?
 
2014-01-06 02:04:01 PM  
I'd peel the hell outta Emma
 
2014-01-06 02:07:07 PM  
Diana Rigg as Emma Peel is the peak of womanhood. Things started to decline after her.
 
2014-01-06 02:08:43 PM  
slackers.

www.blastr.com
 
2014-01-06 02:09:05 PM  
I always thought that song was called Secret Asian Man.
 
2014-01-06 02:11:38 PM  
had such a crush on Diana Rigg, would still hit, even in her 70s
 
2014-01-06 02:13:56 PM  
Emma Peel (and Agent 99) proved that I was going to be hetero ... and somehow made me the dedicated vagitarian I am today.
 
2014-01-06 02:16:53 PM  

dionysusaur: Emma Peel (and Agent 99) proved that I was going to be hetero ... and somehow made me the dedicated vagitarian I am today.


i SEE what YOU did there.  Nice Try.
 
2014-01-06 02:17:26 PM  

dionysusaur: Emma Peel (and Agent 99) proved that I was going to be hetero ... and somehow made me the dedicated vagitarian I am today.


You left out Barbara Eden from I Dream of Jeannie and Ann B. Davis from the Brady Bunch.
 
2014-01-06 02:18:58 PM  

jwa007: Hey!!!  I really enjoyed Lancelot Link.

Of course I didn't masturbate to Lancelot in quite the same way I did Emma Peel.


But you still did nonetheless ?
 
2014-01-06 02:25:11 PM  
I was a very small boy indeed when I first saw Diana Rigg:

1.bp.blogspot.com
hilobrow.com
farm9.staticflickr.com

But it's safe to say the die was cast.

/bare midriff on bear skin on beach? I'm OK with this.
 
2014-01-06 02:26:11 PM  
img001.lazygirls.info
 
2014-01-06 02:26:56 PM  
i really need to see the sandbaggers.
 
2014-01-06 02:31:07 PM  

Soup4Bonnie: dionysusaur: Emma Peel (and Agent 99) proved that I was going to be hetero ... and somehow made me the dedicated vagitarian I am today.

You left out Barbara Eden from I Dream of Jeannie and Ann B. Davis from the Brady Bunch.


Neither of whom were action heroines.  If we went there, Carolyn Jones would be at the top of the list.
 
2014-01-06 02:49:19 PM  

dionysusaur: Soup4Bonnie: dionysusaur: Emma Peel (and Agent 99) proved that I was going to be hetero ... and somehow made me the dedicated vagitarian I am today.

You left out Barbara Eden from I Dream of Jeannie and Ann B. Davis from the Brady Bunch.

Neither of whom were action heroines.  If we went there, Carolyn Jones would be at the top of the list.


This! This! and More This!

Well sorta, torn between wanting to do Morticia and be Mortica.
 
2014-01-06 02:52:04 PM  
List Fails with out the 6 Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman

www.bionicwomanfiles.com
 
2014-01-06 02:55:13 PM  

kevinfra: dionysusaur: Soup4Bonnie: dionysusaur: Emma Peel (and Agent 99) proved that I was going to be hetero ... and somehow made me the dedicated vagitarian I am today.

You left out Barbara Eden from I Dream of Jeannie and Ann B. Davis from the Brady Bunch.

Neither of whom were action heroines.  If we went there, Carolyn Jones would be at the top of the list.

This! This! and More This!

Well sorta, torn between wanting to do Morticia and be Mortica.


NTTAWWT
 
2014-01-06 02:59:01 PM  
That should be: Cathy Gale of "The Avengers" proved that women could be action heroes.  Emma Peel was stepping into a well worn set of kinky boots and leather outfit when she joined the Avengers.
 
2014-01-06 03:11:17 PM  

Loki the Wiser: But you still did nonetheless ?


Nothing gets by you, does it?
 
2014-01-06 03:12:51 PM  

karnal: [img001.lazygirls.info image 466x640]


How did they manage to make Uma Thurman in skintight leather look UNsexy?  It should not have been possible.
 
2014-01-06 03:16:42 PM  
Glad to see I Spy and Scarecrow & Mrs. King on the list.  Love Kate Jackson - especially that voice.
 
2014-01-06 03:19:40 PM  

Mister Keeper: That should be: Cathy Gale of "The Avengers" proved that women could be action heroes.  Emma Peel was stepping into a well worn set of kinky boots and leather outfit when she joined the Avengers.


OK, please clarify the timeline for me.  I remember seeing A) black and white episodes with Diana Rigg that covered small-time espionage themes ("Quick-quick-slow Death") but no James Bond save-the-world stuff, B) color episodes with Diana Rigg that got really SFnal (weather control, shrink ray, mind transfer, turning lap cats into assassins), and C) color episodes with another female lead that I did not recognize.  I assume that the latter were post-Diana Rigg, but it sounds like you are saying there was a pre-Diana Rigg era as well.
 
2014-01-06 03:22:29 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
She could make me say uncle, anytime
 
2014-01-06 03:23:00 PM  
Fans of Ms. Emma Peele would also enjoy this movie:
 
2014-01-06 03:23:35 PM  

dionysusaur: Neither of whom were action heroines.


Pffft.  Next you're going to try to tell me Hope Lang from The Ghost and Mrs. Muir doesn't count either.  Not all the action was on the screen, amigo.
 
2014-01-06 03:25:03 PM  
Gah!  Let's try this again, with a non-IMDB link:

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-01-06 03:27:10 PM  

kevinfra: Well sorta, torn between wanting to do Morticia and be Mortica.


How about some Morticia/Marylin Muenster action?
 
2014-01-06 03:31:44 PM  

jwa007: Hey!!!  I really enjoyed Lancelot Link.

Of course I didn't masturbate to Lancelot in quite the same way I did Emma Peel.


Either way involved spanking the monkey.
 
2014-01-06 03:37:15 PM  

flondrix: I assume that the latter were post-Diana Rigg, but it sounds like you are saying there was a pre-Diana Rigg era as well.


That is correct.  Cathy Gale was Emma Peel's predecessor.  After Peel left, there was Tara ("Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay") King.

/Husband owns the complete Emma Peel years
//He is not Al Bundy
 
2014-01-06 03:38:06 PM  
No Danger Mouse? List is incomplete

/Crikey!
 
2014-01-06 03:40:36 PM  
Good news, everyone! Diana Rigg passed her genes along to a new fappable generation:

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-01-06 03:46:04 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 635x800]
She could make me say uncle, anytime


Is that Megatron she's holding?
 
2014-01-06 03:50:09 PM  

flondrix: Mister Keeper: That should be: Cathy Gale of "The Avengers" proved that women could be action heroes.  Emma Peel was stepping into a well worn set of kinky boots and leather outfit when she joined the Avengers.

OK, please clarify the timeline for me.  I remember seeing A) black and white episodes with Diana Rigg that covered small-time espionage themes ("Quick-quick-slow Death") but no James Bond save-the-world stuff, B) color episodes with Diana Rigg that got really SFnal (weather control, shrink ray, mind transfer, turning lap cats into assassins), and C) color episodes with another female lead that I did not recognize.  I assume that the latter were post-Diana Rigg, but it sounds like you are saying there was a pre-Diana Rigg era as well.


OK, it is a bit complicated.  All episodes except the very final season are black and white.  All but the last season typically get forgotten since only the color episodes were popular in the US.

First Era: the Avengers was based around two *male* characters: a doctor whose fiance gets killed by a drug smuggling ring (Dr. Keel) and a stylish government agent (Steed).  Episodes are quirky crime fiction.  The show was actually developed around the actor playing the doctor (Ian Hendry) with Steed not even appearing in some episodes.  The show is quite popular, but Ian Hendry decides to leave after the first season.  Ouch.  Note that only a couple of the episodes of this era survive.

Second Era:  The producers have a hit on their hands, but no lead actor.  They also have a bunch of scripts for the second season already in the bag.  They decide to retool the show around Steed, but give him three rotating partners.  One is a male doctor who is basically Dr. Keel with a different name.  The second is a lounge singer named Venus Smith who gets roped into adventure and gets to sing a song or two.  The third is a widow: an anthropologist who has returned from Kenya.  She is played by actress Honor Blackman and it is soon clear that she is by far the most popular of the three.  One of the most interesting things about the character on screen is that Cathy Gale's scripts were used almost straight from the Doctor Keel scripts (i.e. they were not significantly altered in terms of action for a female character).

Third Era: Cathy is now Steed's only partner in fighting crime/evil.  Stories are a mixture of crime, espionage and comedy.  Some light science fiction elements, but mostly very quirky situations and strange foes.  Cathy is frankly ridiculously competent: she's a crack shot, a martial arts expert and seems to be a world expert in everything the script needs at the moment.  Note that her relationship with Steed is a lot more confrontational than the later Emma Peel, she doesn't like Steed's secretive and callous ways.  As you might guess from that, Steed is also a lot more brutal and manipulative in this era (and a fair bit sleazier).  The show is a bigger and bigger success, but Honor Blackman announces she's leaving to join the cast of Goldfinger as Pussy Galore.  Note that it is all black and white and mostly feels like live TV (retakes were very discouraged) and production is cheap.

Fourth Era:  The show gets a big infusion of money and the production values shoot way up.  The producers find Diana Rigg to replace Cathy Gale's character.   Emma Peel in many episodes from her first season is basically Cathy Gale with a different name.  The show continues to be a big success and the producers move to color for the second Emma Peel season, where Emma Peel really begins to differentiate her character from Cathy Gale.  This show begins to be shown in the US.  The show is a *lot* smoother: production values are much higher.  Much more tongue in cheek and lighter in tone than much of the Cathy Gale era.

Fifth Era: Diana Rigg leaves the show and the producers team Steed up with a new partner: Tara King.  The series begins to lose some steam and is finally cancelled.
 
2014-01-06 03:55:48 PM  

FlashHarry: i really need to see the sandbaggers.


For long stretches of two guys talking to each other while wearing three-piece suits, it was fairly intense.
 
2014-01-06 03:55:52 PM  

OtherLittleGuy: Good news, everyone! Diana Rigg passed her genes along to a new fappable generation:

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 540x720]


Oh, MY!
 
2014-01-06 03:56:44 PM  
comicsworthreading.com

Should count. But not by much. Girl detective, dumb as spackle, screams a lot, keeps a man around to rescue her at all times.

still.. she stars in Forbidden Planet (waaa ahh ahh oohh ohh...)
 
2014-01-06 03:56:46 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: List Fails with out the 6 Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman

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Well, if it makes you happy.
 
2014-01-06 03:57:20 PM  

bearded clamorer: [media.screened.com image 268x330]

Somebody say "Emma Peel"?



"Aw gross, dad...she must be near a hundred!"

"But she's on film son....if your mother was on film I'd still be havin' sex with her."

/posted this exchange here at least 50 times...the truth of this statement is most profound.
 
2014-01-06 03:57:22 PM  
Fifth Era: Diana Rigg leaves the show and the producers team Steed up with a new partner: Tara King. The series begins to lose some steam and is finally cancelled.


Only to return in late 70s with Joanna Lumely as Steed's new partner.
 
2014-01-06 03:58:28 PM  

flondrix: Mister Keeper: That should be: Cathy Gale of "The Avengers" proved that women could be action heroes.  Emma Peel was stepping into a well worn set of kinky boots and leather outfit when she joined the Avengers.

OK, please clarify the timeline for me.  I remember seeing A) black and white episodes with Diana Rigg that covered small-time espionage themes ("Quick-quick-slow Death") but no James Bond save-the-world stuff, B) color episodes with Diana Rigg that got really SFnal (weather control, shrink ray, mind transfer, turning lap cats into assassins), and C) color episodes with another female lead that I did not recognize.  I assume that the latter were post-Diana Rigg, but it sounds like you are saying there was a pre-Diana Rigg era as well.


In order (I think) there were Cathy Gale, Mrs Peel, and Tara King.
I think Cathy Gale was played by Honor "Pussy Galore" Blackmon.
Recently found a 'recent' (c. 1991) Avengers novel that reunited Steed with all his former partners.
 
2014-01-06 04:01:31 PM  

Pirate of Penzance: Fifth Era: Diana Rigg leaves the show and the producers team Steed up with a new partner: Tara King. The series begins to lose some steam and is finally cancelled.


Only to return in late 70s with Joanna Lumely as Steed's new partner.


Not to mention Larry Linville's lipless British counterpart "GAM- Bit."
 
2014-01-06 04:01:44 PM  
Hey subby, didn't Lancelot Link premier in September of 1970?  So why the 60's reference?

/got the DVD set for my daughter
//beyond awesome

"Ve vill meet agane, Lancelot Liiiiiink!"
 
2014-01-06 04:03:12 PM  

Pirate of Penzance: Fifth Era: Diana Rigg leaves the show and the producers team Steed up with a new partner: Tara King. The series begins to lose some steam and is finally cancelled.


Only to return in late 70s with Joanna Lumely as Steed's new partner.


I'm old enough to remember trying very hard to like that show.

Is Alexander Mundy on the list?
 
2014-01-06 04:03:31 PM  
I watched a lot of these shows first-run when I was a kid. I had to explain to a younger friend of mine my laughter in the NCIS episode "The Meat Puzzle" when Gibbs is asked what Ducky was like when he was younger and Gibbs replies, " Illya Kuryakin"

I will also admit that Emma Peel and Agent 99, um, affected me, in ways I didn't comprehend.
 
2014-01-06 04:03:58 PM  
He looked like this:
www.dissolute.com.au
HAHAHAHAHA! I broke all your boners!!!
"British Handsome," anyone...?
 
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