Bowler hat and leather boots ( The Avengers ) is a Televised series British in 161 52 minutes episodes, including 104 in Noir and white, created by Sydney Newman and Leonard White and diffused January 7th 1961 with the May 21st 1969 on the network ITV1. In France, the series was diffused starting from the April 4th 1967 on the second channel of ORTF, as from the 4th season.
One second series (entitled in English The New Avengers ), in 26 52 minutes episodes, was diffused between the October 22nd 1976 and the November 18th 1977. In France, this series was diffused starting from 1977 on TF1, under the title Bowler hat and leather boots .
SynopsisThis series puts in scene the adventures of John Steed, secret agent with the service of Its Gracious Majesty.
- Patrick Macnee (VF: Jean Shepherd) : John Wickham Gascone Berresford Steed
- Ingrid Hafner: Carol Wilson (1961-1962)
- Ian Hendry: Dr. David Keel (1961-1962)
- Douglas Muir: One-Ten (1961-1962)
- Jon Rollason: Dr. Martin King (1962)
- Julie Stevens: Come Smith (1962-1963)
- Honor Blackman: Dr. Catherine “Cathy” Scale (1962-1964)
- Diana Rigg (VF: Michele Montel then Woolly Francine) : Emma Peel (1965-1967)
- Rhonda Parker: Rhonda (1968-1969)
- Linda Thorson (VF: Lily Baron) : King (1968-1969) tared
- Patrick Newell: Grandmamma (VO: Mother) (1968-1969)
Second series (The New Avengers)
- Patrick Macnee: John Wickham Gascoyne Berreford Steed
- Gareth Hunt (VF: Michel Derain) : Michael Gambit
- Joanna Lumley (VF: Nadine Delanoë) : Purdey
See also: List of the episodes of Bowler hat and leather boots
Summary historyPatrick Macnee, Bowler hat on the head and Umbrella with the arm, plays the Secret agent John Steed throughout the series. In the first season of the series, new in France (with share an episode), Steed is only one supporting character, the hero being Doctor David Keel (played by Ian Hendry). This last is a doctor of which been engaged is killed by drug traffickers. Steed, a kind of nonofficial police officer, assistance the doctor to avenge the death for its promised in marriage (while making stop the culprit), from where the English title of the series, which means the Avengers . Then Steed trains the doctor in other missions where it will fight together against the crime.
In the second season, Ian Hendry left, and Doctor Martin King (Jon Rollason) will assist Steed during three episodes. Steed became the hero. It will have then a female partner, Cathy Gale (played by Honor Blackman) or Come Smith (Julie Stevens), in six episodes.
In the third season, Cathy Gale will be the only partner of Steed. They form a duet of shock, it beautiful and effective, is often equipped with leather (from where the French title of the series). It elegant and is shown of an inalterable phlegm and a very British Humor. The series is from now on a very great success. The scenarios progress in quality, probably thanks to the arrival of Brian Clemens. The name of this scenario writer-producer remains attached for always to this series to which it gave his noble letters.
The fourth season sees appearing Emma Peel (played by Diana Rigg) to replace Cathy Gale. It is brown-russet-red, champion of the brawl and is not afraid of nothing. One feels a true complicity between the actors, their dialogs being besides often with double direction.
The fifth season, always with Mrs. Peel (“One needs us… ”), mark the passage to the color. Known actors will come to make a turn (Christopher Lee, Donald Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling). It will be the last season of Diana Rigg who, after some films with the cinema, turns over to the theater.
It thus will be necessary to find a new partner for Steed in the sixth season. It will be Tara King (played by Linda Thorson), an young girl not very luke-warm, at least at the beginning of the season (moreover, the talents of actress of Linda Thorson are disputed). Other recurring characters appear: the chief, Grandmamma (Patrick Newell) and her bodyguard female and dumb, Rhonda (Rhonda Parker).
The series finishes at the end of this season in 1969, indeed, this one becomes increasingly expensive to produce and the American producer withdrawing project, the British cannot be solved to only produce it. The series stops in every success world.
In 1976, the series reappears under the title The New Avengers in Great Britain, with two partners this time for Steed: the beautiful one and intrepid Purdey Without-name-of-family (Joanna Lumley, future Patsy of Absolutely Fabulous ) and fringant it Mike Gambit (Gareth Hunt). The character of Gambit is created for the scenes of action, Patrick Macnee starting to take age. Two seasons ago of thirteen episodes. The last seven occur out of Great Britain, three to France and four in Canada. The series is more realistic, less delirious than the first version, even if one finds the British humor of Steed and the verbal tournaments of Gambit and Purdey.
Relations with other films and seriesHonor Blackman will turn in a James Bond, Goldfinger . Diana Rigg also in At the secret service of Its Majesty , where Joanna Lumley has a role besides. And Patrick Macnee, will be to him in Dangereusement yours .
In 1998 left the film " Bowler hat and boots of cuir" , based on the series, with Ralph Fiennes in the role of Steed, Uma Thurman in that of Emma Peel and Sean Connery, the former interpreter of James Bond, in the Role of malicious the.
Diana Rigg, in a role close to that of Emma Peel, will appear in two short films, Diadem and The minikillers.
In the episode Clowneries (season 6), a curiosity: Sir Jeremy, surprised that a visitor comes to sound with his door, rises and says: “Somebody at this hour? ” in the vf whereas he does not say anything in the original version.
At July 24th, 2007, every season published in France is available at Studio Canal. The first season is always new in France and due: all the episodes, except for three (whose pilot of which there remain only 20 minutes, are lost (http://theavengers.tv/forever/)!
Official site of the series
- French Site fans
- French Site fans
- French Forum fans
- In connection with '' The New Avengers '' on '' Culture Series ''
- File of the radio broadcast devoted to '' Bowler hat and Leather boot '' on '' At the borders of the Series ''
- Gate in English
- Avengers Site in English
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