The Avengers: Heil Harris!
Panther, London, 1967
The blurb on the back:
Did Hitler die in a bunker or is he celebrating his 78th birthday today and living in exile in Hertfordshire...?
What can I possibly add to the mountains of material already written about The Avengers? Bugger all, to be honest. Though, if you want to read a decent analysis of the series, I can point you in the direction of a very fine book: James Chapman's Saints & Avengers: British Adventure Series of the 1960s (IB Tauris, London, 2002).
The show was, as you'll no doubt already know, a fantastically stylish pop-art self-referential post-modern piss-take of the entire spy genre starring the gorgeous Patrick Macnee alongside a string of equally lovely young ladies. My own favourite was Linda Thorson, but the popular choice was Diana Rigg as Emma Peel, and it's her who stars in this novel.
Obviously the reduction of a Swinging Sixties classic to the typeset page is going to be a thankless task, but John Garforth gives the thing a damn good run for its money, and this is a nice little piece that will give any Avengers fan an entertaining hour-and-a-half. It's preposterous, it's nonsense, it's trash, it's salacious:
Stop drooling, man! Oh, alright then. Here's something to drool over...
Ms Diana Rigg as Emma Peel
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: 3/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT: 3/5
The Eagle's Nest
visit a very fine guide to Avengers novels