Avengerdan wrote:Angels of Death
holds many great memories for me. It was the first episode I ever recorded on ... audio cassette tape, with the mic pointed right at the TV (when I played it back my dog Emma - yes, I know ... could be heard barking during the exciting bits followed by my mum 'shushing' her). My arm was really aching afterwards.
Apart from that I loved the basic plot - brainwashing, the puzzles, was very classic (Rigg) Avengers. I love the very sexual (to me, I was 17) "Down boy, this is more my scene" that Purdey says to Gambit as she steps over him and has a very realistic fight with three 'Angels' - even Gambit winces. And then this bit ...
Then there was the "Gambit! Get me off or I'll be playing for the Harlem Globetrotters!" line and "I AM standing on a box!" which had me rolling on the floor!
And last but not least ... the delectible Caroline Munro who played Tammy. One time Bond girl and poster girl for Lamb's Navy Rum. A couple of years later I saw her emerging from my local train station, she was hurrying so I didn't want to delay her, but just stood transfixed as she flicked her jet black hair off her face as she hurried to the taxi rank. Other people either recognised her or were just halted by her beauty and she returned their look with a smile (sigh).
But, yes. A favourite episode - absolutely.
Aw, Dandy, that's a great little description--I can just see you with the mic. Everyone seems to have done sound recordings back then, in the days before the VCR. (I got to play around with the timer to make sure it caught TNA while I was gone or at school).
You and Emma the dog (where on earth did you come up with that name?
I think the Rigg feeling caught a lot of people, too. It stands out in my brain as one of season 2’s highlights, though not enough to classify it as a favourite—it would have been one of the first ones I saw, and I rewatched it loads of times when I was first getting into the show. Gambit watching Purdey fight the Angels is my favourite bit, too—half of him’s wincing, the other half is turned on and going “I love my job. I love my job. I love my job.” Though the bit where he takes out that last girl with a high kick is priceless, too. The way he just sort of rolls her away and lets her thunk on the floor is hilarious. No Steed-style “don’t hit the evil women” rules for him. “Gambit, you have such a way with women.”
There’s also the bit where totally confuzzles Lindsay Duncan, who doesn’t know whether to slap him or take him up on his dinner invite. Actually, Gambit has quite a few good scenes in this one. I’m still trying to figure out where he tied that rope to swing through the window like that, though—not a very quiet way of breaking in for someone who just picked a lock without “even bruising it” in the previous scene. He’s also really keen to leave for some reason: “Let’s run away and get help!” No overtime that week, I guess. Maybe he has Lindsay Duncan waiting for him at home…
Good old Caroline Munro. I watched all the Bond films around the same time, and I probably sprained something pointing her out in “The Spy Who Loved Me.” “Look, look, it’s Tammy!” Lucky you, getting to see her in her heyday.