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The Avengers is a British espionage television series, created in 1961, that ran for 161 episodes until 1969. It initially focused on David Keel (Ian Hendry), aided by John Steed (Patrick Macnee). Hendry left after the first series; Steed then became the main character, partnered with a succession of assistants. His most famous assistants were intelligent, stylish and assertive women: Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman), Emma Peel (Diana Rigg), and Tara King (Linda Thorson). Dresses and suits for the series were made by Pierre Cardin.

The team reported in to a portly gent called 'Mother' and it got very weird with sub-James Bond bad guys and very improbable plots. But it was fun and extremely stylish.

The cars used in the series became almost as famous as the actors. From the 4th series on, Steed's signature cars were six vintage green 19261928 Bentley racing or town cars, including Blower Bentleys and Bentley Speed Sixes (although, uniquely, in "The Thirteenth Hole" he drives a Vauxhall 30-98). In the final series he drove two yellow Rolls Royces a 1923 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost and a 1927 Rolls Royce New Phantom. Peel drove Lotus Elan convertibles (a white 1964 and a powder blue 1966), which, like her clothes, emphasised her independence and vitality. During the first Peel series (Series 4), each episode ended with a short, humorous scene of the duo leaving the scene of their most recent adventure in some unusual vehicle. Mother occasionally appeared in a silver Rolls-Royce. Tara King drove an AC 428 and a Lotus Europa. Lady Diana Forbes Blakeney, who occasionally stood in for Tara King, drove an MGC Roadster in white.

The New Avengers

The sustained popularity of the Tara King episodes in France led to a 1975 French television advertisement for Laurent-Perrier champagne, in which Thorson and Macnee reprised their roles. The advertisement's success spurred financing interest in France for new episodes of The Avengers.

The result was a new series, The New Avengers. Patrick Macnee reprised the role of Steed, with two new partners, Mike Gambit (Gareth Hunt) and Purdey (Joanna Lumley). It aired on ITV in the UK in 19761977, CTV in Canada, CBS in the United States (in 197879) and TF1 in France (series 1 in 19761977 and series 2 in 1979). The final four episodes were almost completely produced by Canadian interests and were filmed there. In some markets they carried the title The New Avengers in Canada.

Original Series
Corgi Classics 00101; 1927 Bentley 3 Litre; The Avengers Bentley Corgi Toys GS40; The Avengers Set Corgi Toys 318; Lotus Elan; White, Spun Hubs, Tiger Boot Decal Cararama; 1973 Lotus Europa; Red  
Steed's Bentleys by Corgi
Corgi Toys GS40; The Avengers Set Corgi Toys, Emma Peel's Lotus Elan Cararama; Tara King's Lotus Europa  
The New Avengers
Ace Model Cars; Broadspeed Jaguar XJ12C; John Steed Corgi 57604; Range Rover Classic; New Avengers, John Steed Corgi 57405; Jaguar XJS V12; Gambit; The New Avengers Dinky Toys 112; Triumph TR7; Purdey, The New Avengers, Yellow  
Ace Model Cars; John Steed's Jaguar XJ12C; Steed's Range Rover Gambit's Jaguar XJS Purdey's TR7  

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Last Edit: 25/02/2023   Page Added 02/10/2022