Wednesday, October 03, 2012

"M. Appeal"

Turning to television for a moment, one of the most popular shows among the super-spy set was certainly the BBC series The Avengers, which still enjoys a healthy cult following.  One of the reasons for its success could certainly be attributed to the feminine wiles and allure of Emma Peel, played wonderfully by Diana Rigg.  Not only would Emma be considered an early feminist heroine who was allowed to rescue her partner, John Steed, as often as he rescued her, she also became a sort of mod fashion icon. Oddly enough, two casting tie-ins The Avengers shared with Bond: Emma Peel was a replacement for Cathy Gale, played by Honor Blackman, who would leave the series to play Pussy Galore in Goldfinger, while Diana Rigg would leave the series to join the cast of the ill-fated George Lazenby Bond vehicle, On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

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