The Avengers: A Celebration

by Marcus Hearn – 2010; foreword by Patrick Macnee

The Avengers: A Celebration is an art book celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Avengers. It is a large format hardback highlighting the best of the images from the archive at Pinewood Film Studios. Under Marcus’ creative guidance, they sorted through 10,000 negatives to find the best pictures for the book. They uncovered quite a lot of material that will be new to fans, and all of it has been meticulously digitally restored. Many of the pictures look as if they could have been taken yesterday.

For Marcus, it was a dream assignment: “Compiling a book to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this classic television series has been a labour of love. This is not a production history or an episode guide, as I feel that’s already been done in previous books and Web sites. Instead we have created what I hope is a suitably stylish celebration of the show in pictures, with exclusive captions, comments and quotes from the people who actually made it. I was thrilled when Patrick agreed to participate. To many people Patrick ISThe Avengers, and the book wouldn’t have felt complete without his contributions”.

It is available from amazon.co.uk (Oct 29, 2010) and amazon.com (Nov 16, 2010).

The Avengers and Me

by Patrick Macnee – 1998

Patrick Macnee tells all! The secrets of the hit TV series The Avengers are laid bare by the man who was John Steed.

Lavishly illustrated, with many unpublished stills, behind-the-scenes photos, and snaps from Macnee’s private collection, this is a very personal portrait of the world’s best-loved cult action-adventure series, and its classic sequel, The New Avengers.

In unflinching detail, Macnee reveals the true story behind the show, including his relationships with all four Avengers girls – Honor Blackman, Diana Rigg, Linda Thorson and Joanna Lumley – on and off the set!

Available at amazon.com and amazon.co.uk.

The Avengers: Deadline

by Patrick Macnee – 1998

John Steed and Emma are called to go undercover at The Courier newspaper in Fleet Street. Their mission: to identify and track down the Brotherhood, a band of neo-fascist ruthless criminals who will stop at nothing–not even murder–to bring down the government and seize power.

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The Complete Avengers

by Dave Rogers – 1998

Since its first airing in 1961, The Avengers has become one of the most enduringly popular series in the history of television-reaching its height in the episodes where Patrick Macnee starred as the impeccable John Steed opposite Diana Rigg’s strong, sensual Mrs. Peel. The Avengers’ world was always full of upper-class derring-do, a place of distinctly elegant high jinks-all portrayed with tongue firmly in cheek.

Now, television historian Dave Rogers has assembled into one volume the complete history of this long-running program, from the early episodes featuring Ian Hendry, through the glory days of Diana Rigg, to The New Avengers and beyond. Drawing on extensive interviews with such Avengers cast members as Linda Thorson (“Tara King”), Patrick Newell (“Mother”), Honor Blackman (“Cathy Gale”), and, of course, Patrick Macnee – plus several of the show’s writers; this volume provides an overview of the series, a complete, show-by-show episode guide, a comprehensive collectors’ guide to Avengers memorabilia, more than 200 photographs of England’s classiest crime fighters and an introduction by Avengers producer Brian Clemens.

So kick back, uncork a bottle of vintage ’28, and relive the dashing adventures of England’s high-class heroes! Available through amazon.com and amazon.co.uk.

The Avengers Companion

by Alain Carraze and Jean-Luc Putheaud with Alex J. Gearins – 1998

A detailed account of the cult TV classic, The Avengers Companion presents hundreds of fabulous photos of the extraordinary agents and the diabolical villains in action, the cars, and the fashions that gave this series its inimitable style.

Covering all six seasons of The Avengers, and the two seasons of The New Avengers, the book follows the adventures of British secret agent John Steed, expertly portrayed in the program by Patrick Macnee, and his various partners including Dr. Keel (Ian Hendry), Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman), the memorable Emma Peel (Diana Rigg), and the young Tara King (Linda Thorson).

In an effort to capture the various facets of the series over the years the book incorporates remembrances from stars Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, and Linda Thorson; episode listings and synopses; essays on the authors’ ten favorite episodes; an interview with the series producer Brian Clemens; biographies on all of the lead actors and actresses; and a tribute to the incredible costumes that were expertly fashioned for the show’s adventurous heroes. Available through amazon.com.