The Avengers’ Emma Peel Meets The Kinks

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Diana Rigg's Emma Peel exuded British style even when brandishing a weapon

Diana Rigg’s Emma Peel exuded British style even when brandishing a weapon

Spy series have been popular TV fare for decades and in the 1960s there was no lack of spy programs on the small screen. Get Smart spoofed the genre with Don Adams’ Agent 86 haplessly trying to prevent KAOS from infiltrating the U.S. government. Dramas like The Man From U.N.C.L.E. – and its Girl From U.N.C.L.E. spinoff – put its heroes in harm’s way, particularly Robert Vaughn’s brilliantly named Napoleon Solo.

One series that many would argue was the best of the bunch was the smart, British-produced The Avengers, which premiered in 1961 and ran until 1969. One constant was Patrick Macnee who portrayed John Steed, an employee of British Intelligence. Always impeccably dressed, usually in a three-piece suit, with a bowler hat and umbrella, Steed was the epitome of British class, charm and wit.

His female counterparts changed frequently but our favorite was Diana Rigg‘s Emma Peel. Rigg’s tenure was during the series’ middle period, from 1965-68 (for which she earned two Emmy nominations) and it’s said that she had never watched the series before her tryout.

Shortly before Rigg’s ascent, the British Invasion had started. In 1964, The Kinks released their third single – and breakthrough hit – “You Really Got Me.” The song, with its simple, but catchy, lyrics from Ray Davies and guitar riff from Dave Davies, topped the British charts before arriving on U.S. shores where it subsequently reached #7.

So… why not mashup Emma Peel and “You Really Got Me”? Makes sense to us… it’s our Classic Video…

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Rigg, who was born July 20, 1938, went on to star opposite George Lazenby’s James Bond in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, playing 007’s only wife. She earned a Tony Award in 1994 and has a recurring role on Game of Thrones.

Dave Davies has a 2018 U.S. tour. Tickets are available here and here.

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