Avengers Producer Leonard White Dies

We were saddened to hear of the passing of the original producer of The Avengers, Leonard White, January 2, 2016. Our Father and Leonard knew each other from the early days, at Windsor Rep and later at CBC-TV in Canada. As Leonard reads in a letter he had received from Patrick, the work on The Avengers was a “continuation” of the live television they did together in Toronto and New York in the 1950s.

We join the fans of The Avengers around the world in sending our condolences to his family.

Here is a YouTube video of Leonard reading a letter from Patrick discussing the very early days of The Avengers…Ian Hendry and Honor Blackman. Leonard was responsible for all of those shows.

Chiller 2015 – Accolades to Patrick & The Avengers

Chiller 2015 was a 15,000 attendee Horror Fest that inhabited the Sheraton Hotel in Parsippany, New Jersey for three days of, well…everything that scares the wits out of you, and leaves you ready for more, along with a sincere appreciation of the loners and misfits in life, the things that scare us all and the insistent feeling that perhaps this really COULD happen. Where The Avengers fits in to all this is anybody’s guess! However, over the course of this singular event a steady stream of fans remembered Patrick Macnee fondly and extolled the virtues of The Avengers and the lifelong impact of the series, and all it it meant to a fan-base that continues on.

Radio Show Tributes to Patrick

Please enjoy some links to BBC radio and video program tributes to Patrick over the past weekend:

Linda Thorson

Last word

Simon Lederman

Nick Ahad interviews Linda Thorson

Tributes to Patrick

The following is a collection of tributes to Patrick’s life and achievements.  Please enjoy.

rt.com

LA Times – Entertainment

LA Times – Obituaries

Daily Mail online

Daily Telegraph

New York Times

Monsterpalooza March 27-29 2015, Burbank, California

Fans pay tribute to Patrick Macnee who portrayed the character of John Steed in the cult British television series “The Avengers” (1961-1969). Interviewed by Rupert Macnee – Pat’s son.

MONSTERPALOOZA

Eliot Brodsky’s MONSTERPALOOZA
The Marriott Burbank Hotel and Convention Center
2500 Hollywood Way
Burbank, California
March 27-29 2015

Rupert Macnee once again attended MONSTERPALOOZA the weekend of 27-29th March 2015 at the Marriott Burbank. This festival celebrates the art of the horror film. Hats off to all the volunteers, many of whom are recent graduates from make-up and special effects schools. It was an opportunity to meet fans of Patrick Macnee, and to share their memories of his work on The Avengers; as well as films like The Howling and Lobster Man From Mars … even Spinal Tap.

Brian Horace Clemens (1931 – 2015)

I was saddened to hear about Brian Clemens’ passing on 10 January 2015. A supremely successful writer for film and TV, he became the heart and soul of The Avengers, (and later The New Avengers), as the show moved from multi camera live-to-air and videotape, to single camera film.

Two weeks’ ago, just before Christmas, Brian and I had a delightful chat. Among other things we discussed the idea of colourizing the 1964 black and white Emma Peel season. Brian always looked at the big picture.

He was a pioneer. As a writer and story-editor, Brian’s inspired thinking created a strange world for his characters to inhabit. As a producer he assembled the best of Britain’s creative talent to make The Avengers one of the hottest television shows to ever come out of the UK. His uniquely comic view of the dynamics of British society, and his wry understanding of important cultural and technological trends, fueled the successful export and distribution of our show to America, and to the World. The Avengers were a key ingredient in the British Invasion. He was one of my best friends.

The Avengers Season Five now on BLU-RAY

November 11th 2014 was Veterans Day in the United States.

For those of us on this NTSC-riddled continent of North America, it was the day when The Avengers Season Five was released on Blu-Ray.

These were the 25 shows with Diana Rigg that were shot in colour.

Now available at Amazon.com – The Avengers – Season Five.

Monsterpalooza March 29-30 2014, Burbank, California

Fans pay tribute to Patrick Macnee who portrayed the character of John Steed in the cult British television series “The Avengers” (1961-1969). Interviewed by Rupert Macnee – Pat’s son.

MONSTERPALOOZA

Eliot Brodsky’s MONSTERPALOOZA
The Marriott Burbank Hotel and Convention Center
2500 Hollywood Way
Burbank, California
March 28-30 2014

Patrick Macnee’s son, Rupert Macnee, will be attending Eliot Brodsky’s MONSTERPALOOZA this weekend in Burbank, California, March 28 thru 29.  He is looking forward to visiting the event, particularly Sara Karloff’s booth. Sara’s Father, Boris Karloff, worked with Patrick in the 1950’s in Hollywood.  Patrick always liked Karloff, and noted how well he got along with his fellow actors.

Rupert hopes to share stories with fans of his Father.  We have upgraded the Web site, and plan to offer some exciting new features.  We would value your feedback on what you’d like to see…and hear.