R.I.P. Diana Rigg (1938-2020)

More sad news today: the death at the age of 82 of the wonderful actress Diana Rigg. She had a long and distinguished career on TV, film and in the theatre. I had the privilege of seeing her opposite David Suchet in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf on stage in London many years ago and thought she was brilliant. But it is as Emma Peel in The Avengers that people of my age will remember her best. Here, by way of a small tribute, is her very first appearance in that role, way back in 1965.

Rest in peace, Diana Rigg (1938-2020)

2 Responses to “R.I.P. Diana Rigg (1938-2020)”

  1. Phillip Helbig Says:

    She was also a Bond girl, the only one to marry Bond. Many critics, and I as well, agree that On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is the best Bond film. Would it have been even better with Connery? Perhaps, but George Lazenby isn’t that bad. Why did he do only one Bond film? That was the advice of his agent, to avoid becoming typecast.


  2. Phillip Helbig Says:

    It picks up at 00:30:

    I’d heard that the name “Emma Peel” was derived from a term used back then, “Male appeal or man appeal”, sometimes shortened to M. Appeal. Emma Peel.

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