Saturday, November 21, 2020

Diana Rigg and the Germans

Like many in my generation I grew up with The Avengers with Emma Peel in TV (but it must be already a rerun) and it was important part of my socialisation. The concept of the weaker sex never crossed my mind. To be fair it has to be said that her precessor Honor Blackman laid the foundation for that character but I think these episodes of The Avengers were never broadcasted in Germany. The country was in Peel fever and like always, when Germans get obsessive over something, it gets embarrassing. Someone with to much money hired Diana Rigg after she left The Avengers to make the cheesy Minikillers short movies aimed for the Super-8 home cinema market in 1969. The budget went in her salary (I hope), the rest is incredible cheaply filmed in Spain without dialog. Kind of Secret Agent stuff but more like a hollow German fever dream of Emma Peel, on a low budget.

There is another one called The Diadem (b/w) or a shorter color version called Der Goldene Schl√ľssel, which is even filmed in Germany and also painful to watch:

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