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Oh, boo.




Ah. Patrick Macnee has died. He was 93.

And before you ask, no. No one had him in the Dead Pool.

His first acting role was in a school play with fellow pupil Christopher Lee.

My mother let me stay up super late to watch the Avengers when I were a lass. (In a bid for Mom of the Decade, she also let me stay up super late to watch Frankenstein and Psycho). To this day, the harpsichord makes me feel all tingly.

I bought several seasons on DVD a few years ago and made Uncle B watch them with me. They are even sillier than I remembered.

But a lot more realistic than I ever knew back then…




Comment from MikeW
Time: June 25, 2015, 8:39 pm

Indeed, Avengers was a seriously cool show back in the day. (The Prisoner was so-o-o confusing).

I have a recollection of an avengers ep. where rooms in some mansion moved around. So that when you left a room you were not where you were when you went in. Very cool. Trick was a switch in the doorway that triggered the move. No other recollection about the episode. Far too many beers between then and now.

Comment from Mr. Dave
Time: June 25, 2015, 9:35 pm

A properly rolled brelly really completes a gentleman.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: June 25, 2015, 9:38 pm

RIP Mr. Macnee. I am grateful for his entertaining enhancement of my life many years ago.

But I must admit that although I enjoyed his role on The Avengers, I watched that show for the delicious Diana Rigg. I do not mean to criticize the other two Emma Peels, Honor Blackman and Linda Thorson, but merely point out that they were simply not Diana Rigg.

Comment from mojo
Time: June 25, 2015, 10:24 pm

I was busy watching Mrs. Peel

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: June 25, 2015, 10:32 pm

He certainly had an, um, colourful upbringing!


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 25, 2015, 10:47 pm

OH MY SWEET AUNT FANNY! That is the most AWESOME Telegraph Obituary I have ever read! (And I’m a huge fan of the Telegraph’s obits).

Read it.


Comment from Man Mountain Molehill
Time: June 25, 2015, 10:54 pm

I was going to comment on how much Diana Rigg affected me growing up, but got beat to it.

How about the harpsichord music for Danger Man / Secret Agent?

Also, remembering 1960s British import TV, how about anything by Gerry Anderson? Fireball XL-5 was my absolute favorite the year is was on. Awesome special effects, especially the rocket exhaust and explosions. And the tense, energetic music made the shows.

Comment from Man Mountain Molehill
Time: June 25, 2015, 10:55 pm

Forgot to mention:

Lord Dennis Eaton-Hogg

Comment from dissent555
Time: June 26, 2015, 12:13 am

RIP Patrick Macnee. Yeah, watched a lot of The Avengers in my youth; no, there weren’t all reruns.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: June 26, 2015, 2:03 am

Uncle Al: I do not mean to criticize the other two Emma Peels, Honor Blackman and Linda Thorson…

Honor Blackman’s character was “Cathy Gale”; Linda Thorson’s was “Tara King”.

Rigg was the one and only Mrs. Peel. (Uma Thurman doesn’t count.)

Comment from mojo
Time: June 26, 2015, 2:26 am

John Steed, one of the three fathers of Austin Powers – the other two were James Bond and Derek Flint.

Comment from Mitchell
Time: June 26, 2015, 2:27 am

I never watched any of the shows. Whenever I hear Patrick MacNee I think of Kinky Boots: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvjjm8hMdKI

Comment from mojo
Time: June 26, 2015, 2:31 am

Matt Helm was just a “good friend of the family”…

Comment from iamfelix
Time: June 26, 2015, 6:35 am

That *was* quite an obit! Mine, I fear, will be something like, “She was born, she drove around a lot, she croaked. Finis.”

I am the most boring cat EVAH.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: June 26, 2015, 7:19 am

When 1960’s women in TV to be watched, you really can’t outdo Carolyn Jones as Morticia Addams. Golly, she was pretty!

Comment from mojo
Time: June 26, 2015, 5:38 pm

The old man “Shrimp” sounds like he was fun at parties:

“He had a taste for gin and enlivened his dinner parties by levelling a shotgun at those guests he suspected of pacifist tendencies.”

“..he was later expelled for urinating off a balcony on to the heads of the Raj’s elite, gathered below for a race-meeting.”

Comment from Pupster
Time: June 27, 2015, 2:38 am

From the obit, can somebody please translate into slack-jawed mid-western:

“He decided he was too old not to have a proper job, a conclusion reached when he came home to find he had been replaced in the affections of a much younger girlfriend by a French thief and his team of huskies.”

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