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It's on my list of DVD sets to buy along with original Avengers TV series.
The big three '60s gentlemen spys are Bond, Steed and Solo.
I quite enjoyed it. MacNee's last fling as Steed.
Steed's old Jag.
It's great to have a separate thread for it. I certainly will post my reviews here.
I guess you can look at that show as a farewell to Steed. Or da capo of sorts.
While I understand that many may find it a bit meh... it's mainly because it obviously gets compared to the 60s show and probably to the Diana Rigg seasons.
My favourite episode remains Trap. Terry Wood is a hoot as Chinese crime lord Soo Choy. Such camp. The Lion and the Unicorn is excellent as well.
The score to this show is killer. A lot of the 70's shows have phenomenal scores, including The Return of the Saint.
Oh I love, that you love it! Totally agree about the scores too!
The Return Of The Saint I cherish. I own the Australian DVD release which is great.
I wish I was home and could watch Trap just now! I just don't know why I love this episode so much.
My favourite though may be Sleeper.
As He was the original choice to play George Cowley in The Professionals, but
Wasn't available when filming was scheduled.
Sleeper is indeed great, and I recall liking Target! as well. So many great episodes.
Regarding the scores: I think a lot of these were done by Laurie Johnson (he did The Professionals as well - another great show). I think The Return of the Saint was composed by Brian Dee & Irving Martin.
They don't make them like these shows any more. Great European location photography as well, perhaps because the UK was so expensive around this time tax wise (even Bond went offshore in terms of co-financing with MR).
looked it up, indeed there's a UK release and I just ordered it :) don't even matter if there's a difference in picture quality I just have to have it :lol:
EDIT: I wish they would remaster and release The New Avengers on blu ray.
I used to have this on Vinyl
Peter Cushing who is playing Von Claus in this episode already has been on The Avengers in Return Of The Cybernauts in 1967.
Steed investigates the death of a colleague while Gambit witnesses the kidnapping of Professor Von Claus. Purdey scuba dives to the remote island of St. Dorca, where a monastery hides a secret and Germany's greatest treasure.
A quite bizarre and grotesque episode that leaves me puzzled.
In all seriousness Nazi Monks are hiding Adolf Hitler's frozen body in a monastery on a remote island.
Nonetheless, Peter Cushing screen presence is great as Professor Von Claus, an authority on suspended animation, who has to revive "Der Führer".
There are some hilarious moments like when Steed realises that he is staring at Adolf lying in that casket. Luckily the viewer never gets to see the Führer's face, a wise decision, the whole set up is disturbing enough.
I have to say that Joanna Lumley as Purdey is quite a sight for sore eyes, especially in that green jumpsuit she is wearing at the monastery where she kicks the asses of several Nazi monks in uniform.
Yes, Mr. Steed, that is Adolf, you better believe it!
When the New Avengers are exiting the monastery after rounding up all the Nazi's they whistle the Colonel Bogey March. Yes really!
I had only seen The New Avengers after it came out on the great A+E DVDs. I remember after seeing that first episode it took me like 10 minutes until I was able to get up from the sofa and bang my head on the coffee table to make sure I was not dreaming :lol:
What a truly bizarre way to start a new series!!!
(small World : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Licensed_to_Love_and_Kill)
There is a section in "Sleeper" where Purdey drives a Mini wearing silk pyjamas. If that doesn't grab your attention, nothing will!!
The New Avengers and The Professionals represent the last in a TV era where Britain still had a swagger and a pride in itself (cars that were actually made in this country by British firms for example). Nothing to match those since. A metaphor for a declining nation?
Bond carries on the tradition on the big screen (thank goodness)
What an episode! I don't think I ever saw that one, as I'm sure I would have remembered!