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Who should have been on The Avengers?

 
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Allard
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2020 3:01 am    Post subject: Who should have been on The Avengers? Reply with quote

Sad to read that the lovely Nicholas Parsons had died. Not only those who were part of The Avengers are leaving us, also their contemporaries. Parsons didn't do a lot of TV acting guest appearances, but he could have been on the Avengers. This reminded me of something I have wanted to discuss here.

Who do you think The Avengers missed out on? Who should have been on The Avengers who could have been but wasn't.

Big names in TV from the time such as Patrick McGoohan, Roger Moore don't make a lot of sense, they would have been to noticeable to have a guest part. But there must be talented and interesting actors and actresses from the era who could have been. Do you have anyone you're missing from The Avengers?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2020 3:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Persuaders' Laurence Naismith comes to mind, not that I can imagine him in The Avengers, but being on The Persuaders does make him an ITC spy-fi icon.

Bernard Lee and Desmond Llewelyn from the 007 franchise, I wonder if The Avengers creators consciously passed on becoming to connected to the James Bond films.

Jean Marsh, gave good performances in the Saint, was she ever considered for the role of Emma Peel?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2020 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The obvious answer to that is Elizabeth Shepherd. It's too bad she wasn't cast as a villain instead of Mrs. Peel. Judging from her performances in The Corridor People, she would have made a great baddie.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2020 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More tragic than Nicholas Parsons is the brilliant Tim Brooke-Taylor who died from COVID-19 complications; there's not a dry eye in Australia where an entire generations loved The Goodies which was broadcast every week night for nearly two decades.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2020 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Allard wrote:
Jean Marsh, gave good performances in the Saint, was she ever considered for the role of Emma Peel?

I don't know, but It seems she might have appeared in an episode -> other thread
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2020 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes it does look like her!

In November 1965, the (then) producers of Doctor Who certainly thought She would make a good Emma Peel as she was cast as short-lived character Sara Kingdom. She was virtually an Emma Peel clone, dressed in tight black leather and with long brunette hair. The Producers had obviously noted Diana Rigg's immediate impact just a short time earlier!

There were often comparisons between the "Doctor Who Girls" and "The Avengers Girls" (not my term but the medias a la "Bond Girls"). Some Doctor Who Actresses have stated , such as Louise Jameson (Leela), that there were deliberate attempts to model the female WHO companions on The Avengers . Incidentally Louise Jameson auditioned for Purdey and was short-listed !!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2020 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've since been told it's not Jean, as a profile shot looks less like her.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the input.
And no, I don't think its Marsh in the picture.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2020 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jean was an established actress by this stage in her career, it wouldn't be her as a background artist.

It's a shame that Kenneth Williams turned down the part in Room Without A View.

Another Carry On Star, Sid James would have been good fun.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most of the Carry on actors would have fitted in well. I can only think of a couple though who did appear. Fenella Fielding, who only did 2 Carry on's, and Patsy Rowlands. Charles Hawtrey would have been great in The Avengers.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rhonda wrote:
Allard wrote:
Jean Marsh, gave good performances in the Saint, was she ever considered for the role of Emma Peel?

I don't know, but It seems she might have appeared in an episode -> other thread


interesting....first time I've heard that....I dunno, so many great actresses..but then again, Look at Elizabeth Shepard...who did not work out as Mrs. Peel.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2020 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of actors within the time frame of the original show, ('61 - ' 69 ) I would think Rod Taylor, would have been great in the show..either as a supporting part, or as a guest star....in 1965, Taylor played Boysie Oakes, in the UK-MGM film the Liquidnator...
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mrspeel01 wrote:

There were often comparisons between the "Doctor Who Girls" and "The Avengers Girls" (not my term but the medias a la "Bond Girls"). Some Doctor Who Actresses have stated , such as Louise Jameson (Leela), that there were deliberate attempts to model the female WHO companions on The Avengers . Incidentally Louise Jameson auditioned for Purdey and was short-listed !!
The very first "Dr Who girl", Carole-Ann Ford playing the alien granddaughter of the first Doctor, was told the character would be similar to Cathy Gale, independent of spirit and at home with action scenes... didn't turn out that way, she was written as a bit of a screamer and rather useless! She wasn't sorry to leave that aspect behind when she quit the show... glad they finally got it right with Jean Marsh!
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