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New Avengers, The

YOU DON’T mess with a hit, runs the old showbiz lore. Apart, that is, from when your lead actor is clearly past it, you think kung fu is the latest “with it” thing, and you run out of money half way through and have to move to Canada. There are redeeming elements to The New Avengers, but few of them have much to do with [cref 510 THE AVENGERS] and none of them are New. JOANNA LUMLEY did a decent Diana Rigg turn. PATRICK MACNEE could at least drop the pretence it was him doing all the fight scenes. There are some nice shots of Britain in the midst of its “prices”-obsessed orange-and-brown-hued hinterland. GARETH HUNT, though, was and is beyond parody. Ditto those dastardly athletes who could deflect bullets with a twitch of their pectorals. Nifty lion-meets-Union-Jack logo, though.

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  1. paulus - Bangkok

    July 16, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Lumley is still ‘thnking mans yummy’… even in her 60’s
    she’s bowl-tastic!

  2. Applemask

    July 20, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Also notable for incorporating both Spider-Man and Wolverine into the lineup for the first time, which was great but still not worth “Disassembled”…wait, what?

  3. Glenn A

    March 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Not bad, but clearly no match for the Diana Rigg Avengers era, and I found Mike Gambit wooden.

  4. The Haj

    February 22, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    And don’t forget, the cars where supplied by British Leyland. Possibly the dear old TR7’s finest moment. (I still have the Dinky version, but can’t seem to find anyone who owned Steed’s souped up XJ6 coupe).

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