Times, 3 January, page 13, Viewerpoint, Letters Page, England.
Honor Bright. HONOR BLACKMAN'S performance in The Avengers episode,
"Don't Look Behind You," was electrifying and one I will remember
for a long time. Miss Blackman deserves a Television Oscar for it.
(MISS) L. HARRISON, Hanstead, Birmingham, 22A.
Mirror, 4 January, page 13, Hold That Tiger, Unknown, England.
Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman) locked in a tigers cage
(Patrick Macnee) fighting a big-game hunter against a "back-drop"
of wild animals
These are some of the ingredients of tonights "Avengers"
story on ITV. Setting is a private zoo and pet-shop owner Clive Desmond,
33, of Colindale, London, who specialises in providing animals and birds for
films and TV, was given the job of stocking the menagerie. He found a leopard,
a kangaroo, two snakes, a dozen monkeys, a fruit bat and hundreds of birds,
including storks and pelicans, a toucan and a macaw.
Mirror, 6 January, page 3, "At last! Avenger Cathy Gets A Kiss",
Don Short, England.
It's the moment when a real tough girl becomes flesh
and blood... And 14,000,000 viewers get their wish. For the girl getting a kiss
from the man in the clerical collar in the picture above is TV's un-kissed sex
symbol - leather-suited pistol packin' Cathy Gale. And the man is secret agent
John Steed. Viewers will see it happen in this Saturday's episode of "The
Actress Honor Blackman who plays Cathy, and actor Patrick Macnee who interprets
the imperturbable John Steed, spent hours rehearsing the kiss over the weekend
at the ABC studios in Teddington, Middlesex. For this was the kiss that has
take thirty-three episodes to be born. Producer John Bryce had ruled that the
two secret agents should never kiss. He feared it would ruin Cathy's steel-blue
Often Steed flirted with her... But their lips never touched. Why the kiss now?
"Well, Patrick insisted on it," Bryce said yesterday. "You see
Steed is disguised as a clergyman in this episode and in the plot Cathy has
to save him from danger." Then he added: "The kiss may look romantic...
But they aren't going to fall in love. At least I hope not."
In real life, 37-year-old Honor is happily married. She told me in between the
rehearsal kisses: "Viewers will be tickled by this kiss. They'll realise
that it's not serious." Patrick Macnee, who is forty-one, had the last
word: "I never thought I would persuade the producer to agree to it. I've
been just as impatient for this as the viewer."
6 January, page 10, First Kiss, Michael Gowers, England.
At last! A kiss from Steed (Patrick Macnee) for Cathy Gale (Honor
Blackman) leather-jacketed agent extraordinary of ABC-TV's top series The Avengers.
But, of course, only in the line of their extraordinary duty. And, of
course, only while the ever-watchful Cathy is keeping her watch on other things.
The embrace is in next Saturday's episode of the show that draws ten million
fans. Steed has to pose as a vicar... and Cathy as a girl who gets kissed.
Mail, 9 January, page 1, Honor is Bond's new girl, Barry Norman, England.
Mirror, 9 January, page 1, Cathy Signs Up As James Bonds Girl,
Don Short, England.
Honor Blackman has landed a £10,000 film contract
- to become James Bond's new girl friend. Last night, as she pulled on her kinky
boots over her black leather tights in a rehearsal for the television "Avengers"
series, she said, "This is tremendous."
she said that Gale, which she plays on ITV had given her the tough-girl image
vital for her new part. Honor is to star opposite Sean Connery in Ian Fleming's
thriller "Goldfinger". She plays the part of Pussy Galore, lieutenant
to an international gold smuggler, and pilots his plane.
"She's bad, of course, and she's tough," said Honor. "In fact,
I'll be taking a lot of Cathy Gale with me. I expect that was why I was chosen
for the part." Finally, of course, Pussy gets seduced by the flamboyant
In the book Ian Fleming writes about Pussy: "She had the only violet eyes
Bond had ever seen... and they looked candidly out on the world from beneath
straight black brows. Her hair was worn in an untidy urchin cut. The mouth was
a decisive slash of deep vermilion. Bond thought she was superb..." Said
Honor: "Doesn't she sound gorgeous!"
Mail, 10 January, page ?, It's her devastating blend of pin-up and ton-up,
Judy Innes, England.
Mirror, 10 January, pages 12 & 13, Cathys Husband Says I
dont like leather, John Edwards, England.
TV Times issue
428, 10 January, page 18, John Gough Column, John Gough, England.
Actress Honor Blackman will have a real wrestler as an opponent in next
Saturday's The Avengers. He is Jackie "Mr. TV" Pallo - but he
doesn't appear as a wrestler, he plays a sexton. And Honor (as Cathy Gale)
tangles with him in a cemetery. The outcome? That I am sworn to
keep secret. But since the result is dictated by the plot I suggested
to Jackie that this was one fight I could say was fixed. "Don't use
that word to me," he said with a shudder. Attraction of the part
to Jackie is that it gives him some straight acting to do as well. It
goes on a bit more but no more Avengers mentions...
Mirror, 11 January, page 2, Cruelty Probe After Avengers Zoo
Chase, Jack Bell, England.
Evening News, 11 January, page 4, Avenger Steed... TV Clothes Make Him Leader
Of The Beau Brummels Of The Beat Age, Anne Batt, England.
Evening News, 11 January, page 5, Max North's Telereview, ?, England. Just
A First Kiss, But What A Fuss!.
Mail, 15 January, page 6, The Honor Blackman Story: Part One, Honor Blackman,
Mail, 16 January, page 1, Ko'd by Honor!, Daily Mail Reporter, England.
Mail, 16 January, page 6, The Honor Blackman Story: Part Two, Honor Blackman,
Mail, 17 January, page 6, The Honor Blackman Story: Part Three, Honor Blackman,
Mirror, 17 January, page 11, The Rex North Column, Rex North, England.
JACKIE PALLO, TV wrestler and stunt man, accidentally knocked out by Honor
Blackman, returns to work today. "Im used to knocks, but this one
hurt my pride a little," said Jackie. "Its not the first time,
mind you. I had my nose broken by a girl cousin when I was twelve. She kicked
me in the face and won the bout.
Times issue 429, 17 January, page 6, Just Off To Judo - Like Honor,
The popularity of Judo, post-Cathy Gale, Alison Frazer, England.
Mail, 20 January, page 8, The Honor Blackman Story: Part Four, Honor Blackman,
Mail, 21 January, page 6, The Honor Blackman Story: Part Five, Honor Blackman,
Mail, 22 January, page 6, The Honor Blackman Story: Part Six, Honor Blackman,
Times issue 430, 24 January , page 22, Viewerpoint, Readers' Letters,
Lip Service: What a fuss there was about the fact that Cathy Gale, of The
Avengers, was going to get her first kiss from John Steed. But, oh dear!
Did that feeble clinch really deserve all that publicity? I expected something
better than this from Steed! (MRS.) B. FORD, Inkpen, Newbury, Berks.
Says John Steed: "I'd like to meet the man who could do better than this
with two gunmen breathing down his neck!"
Mirror, 25 January, page 12, Author Unknown, England, Photo-caption.
If you were playing Whats My Line? with Annette Andre,
21, you might guess that she is an actress. But guessing her role in tonights
"The Avengers" story (ITV) is a bit tougher. She is still an actress
but an out-of-work one who takes a job in a Christmas cracker factory. In real
life, Australian Annette has not had to go to such extremes. Since she arrived
in Britain eighteen months ago, she has been busy appearing in a West End stage
show, five TV series, and next week her first film, "This is my Street",
Times issue 431, 31 January, page 19, John Gough gossip column, John Gough,
Further news of the Grand Finals of the Miss TV Times Contest which will
be screened on Sunday February 9: Adam Faith will sing and compere and the judges
will include Pat Phoenix of Coronation Street and The TV Times and Patrick Macnee
of The Avengers.
Revue issue 5, January, page 8, Ces Femmes Vetues De Cuir Sont Elles Signe
D'Une Baisse De Virilite Chez Les Hommes, author unknown, France.
Honor Blackman piece.
Vol. 15, #2., February, pages 6,7,40, and 52, Behind The Scenes With The
Avengers, Peter Wright, Great Britain
Vol. 15, #2., February, pages 8 and 9, Honor Blackman Chooses The Black
Leather Look, Cathy Gale's leather clothing. Frederick Starke, designer,
Evening News, 1 February, page 5, Max North's Telereview, ?, England.
The Two Pats. While Patrick Macnee is being seen on TV as agent Steed in
"The Avengers" next Saturday he will, in fact, be in Blackpool surrounded
by pretty girls. With that other Pat of the top-rating shows - Pat Phoenix of
"Coronation Street" - he will be helping to judge the winner of a
big bathing beauty contest at the Tower Circus. The show, "Glamour All
The Way", will be recorded and transmitted for 40 minutes the following
afternoon. The compere and star is Adam Faith.
Times issue 432, 7 February, page 18, Two-wheel Gale, Honor Blackman
and motorbikes, John Gough, England, One paragraph and a photo in a gossip column.
Times issue 432, 7 February, page 13, Viewerpoint, Readers' Letters,
Match for Mick: NOW we have seen Cathy Gale wrestling with Jackie
Pallo in The Avengers, would it be possible to see her tackling Mick McManus?
Expect you'll be looking for someone to replace Mrs. Gale soon. I have
the right name, but when I try Cathy's tricks on my husband, I am the one who
always finishes up on the deck! (MRS.) P. GALE, Romford, Essex.
Mirror, 12 February, page 5, Ton-Up Avenger, Author Unknown, England.
Times issue 433, 14 February, pages 18 and 19, Avengers' Disc, The
recording of 'Kinky Boots', John Gough, England. One paragraph and a photo
in a gossip column.
Evening News, 15 February, page 3, Max North's Telereview, ?, England.
HONOR TOOK LESSONS ON MOTOR-BIKE. ATHENE SEYLER as a witch and Honor Blackman
as a ton-up kid are two of the choice offerings in to-night's "Avengers"
story. Miss Blackman mounts a 500cc to do her share in an investigation into
the goings-on of two elderly women at an old mill - in a home-made laboratory
they are producing strange scents and explosions and somehow immobilising everything
mechanical that gets near the mill - including the machines of a local motorcycle
gang. Miss Blackman had refresher lessons in motor-cycling - she was once a
courier for a blood donor service - to help in the hunt. Patrick Macnee as agent
Steed does the inside work, posing as an official of the National Distrust.
TV Times issue
434, 21 February, page 22, Viewerpoint, Readers' Letters, England.
A k-night Mum dreams about! If I could have my choice of any male television
personality as an escort for an evening out I would have to decide between my
two favourites. First, there's Len Fairclough (Peter Adamson), of Coronation
Street, who would give me a happy, devil-may-care evening. But I would be
torn between Len and the immaculate John Steed (Patrick Macnee), of The Avengers
- he would take me to the "best places," choose the best food and wine
and, oh! he so suave and well-mannered. Instead of being a middle-aged woman
with four children, I would feel like a "lady" with ten years knocked
off my age! But there, anyone can dream can't they? Mrs. V. E. Turner,
Margate, Kent. Mrs Turner wins two guineas for this letter.
21 February, page 11, The Rex North Column, Rex North, England.
HONOR BLACKMAN, the hard-hitting heroine of ITVs "The Avengers"
turned up at the Butlin reunion at Londons Albert Hall in a blue chiffon
gown. It flattered her a great deal less than all that black leather.
Mail, 22 February, page 9, Cathy Gale To Quit The Avengers Next Month,
Barry Norman, England.
Mirror, 22 February, page 24, Cathy Gale Hangs Up Her Boots, Don Short,
22 February, pages 20 and 21, I Say You Fellows, Fashion spread, or
advertisement, for Nighties, featuring Patrick Macnee in Steed outfit, Great
Mail, 29 February, page 4, The Bowler Hatted Avenger Girl, Charles Greville,
HONOR BLACKMAN can fairly be credited with starting something during her
time with ABC TV's The Avengers. All that leatherwork. But on tonight's
Avengers episode - The Charmers - she has a rival. None other than our
husky-throated friend Fenella Fielding. And I predict that Fenella may
possibly start something too. For she wears a bowler hat. There
are certain types of girls that can wear bowler hats. They look splendid
in them. Fenella is one. And I just quietly suspect that every girl
of ambition and charm will be having a try at the bowler-hat kick this spring.
I like them, anyway. And I suppose I am fairly representative.
Evening News, 29 February, page 3, Max North's Telereview, ?, England.
NEW PARTNER. What will happen to "The Avengers" when it
goes off the air on March 23 and Honor Blackman abandons the role of Cathy Gale
for a lush film contract. The show is not disappearing for ever, says ABC programme
controller Brian Tesler. It will be back early next year with a new partner
for agent Steed, played as before by the smooth Mr. Patrick Macnee. Said Tesler:
"During the past three years the artists and production team have been
recording a show a fortnight and sometimes a show a week. now we want to give
them a good rest. We shall begin work in the autumn on a new series for transmission
Times, 3 March, page 6, Eton Boys Admire 'The Avengers', unknown, England,
regarding a questionnaire given to Eton pupils... "...the favourite television
programme was The Avengers, starring an old Etonian, Mr. Patrick Macnee (25
Times issue 436, 6 March, pages 4,5, The Gallant Steeds, David Nathan,
England. The history of the Steed family with pictures of Patrick
Macnee in period costumes.
Evening News, 14 March, page 3, Max North's Telereview, ?, England.
FANTASTIC. With one more week to go of the present "Avengers"
season, writers and production staff have let themselves go in even wilder flights
of fantasy than usual. Steed faces a firing squad and Cathy is discovered to
be the Stuart pretender to the throne, with the strong support from a major-general
who is a fanatical Scottish-Nationalist. He uses his position as honorary colonel
of the Highland Guards to attempt a coup d'etat when the troops take part in
an army exercise whose object is to capture London. Patrick Macnee, as Steed,
set out to stop the plan, and is captured by a rotund private looking very much
like Roy Kinnear of "TW3". INTRIGUING. Not long ago, ABC was making
rash remarks about "The Avengers" having shot down "TW3".
Says Mr. Kinnear: "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em". Fenella Fielding
made an intriguing and exotic sidekick for Steed in the episode that was screened
on Leap Year Day and - if she was willing and ABC could afford her fee - should
fill the role admirably again. Clearly the part calls for someone with a distinct
personality, a taste for the offbeat and a style very different from Honor Blackman's.
Who could deny that Miss Fielding fits all these conditions. She is also a lot
Mail, 16 March, page 9, It's the end for Cathy on Saturday, Daily Mail
Evening News, 21 March, page 3, Max North's Telereview: Exit Honor with
honour, ?, England.
Mail, 21 March, page 8, On the day he becomes the LONE AVENGER, Barry
Sketch, 26 March, page 11, Close range... 007 and Pussy Galore &
Meanwhile, The Avengers' Mr. Steed is active!, Kenneth Passingham,
May, pages 1 and unknown, title unknown, author unknown, England.
Times issue 444, 1 May, page 19, Change For Patrick Macnee, Patrick
Macnee receives Silver medal for outstanding contribution to TV, England,
One paragraph in a gossip column
Times issue 452, 26 June, pages 26 and 40, Honor Bright It's Cathy Again,
Overview of the Cathy Gale years for The 'Best Of The Avengers'
repeat season, W.O. Court, England.
and TV Guide, 31 July, pages 1 & 4, The Adventurer Turns Avenger - Patrick
Macnee, author unknown, Malta.
Note: This piece is reprinted from TV Times April 21, 1961, although that version
of it is entitled 'The Restless Avenger'.
Mail, 16 September, page ?, OO7: James Bond Film Is Larger Than Life...
And Death, Review of Goldfinger that mentions The Avengers - but not
much, Cecil Wilson, England.
...This time, however, he has no less a leading lady than Honor Blackman,
the radiant leather-bound judo girl of The Avengers
Times, 24 September 1964, page 1, title unknown, author unknown, England.
Emergency edition without any listings.
Mail, 8 October, page 3, T. V. By Julian Holland, Honor Blackman's
election broadcast for the Liberal Party on October 9th 1964, Julian Holland,
Relevant section of text reads:
'I love co-ownership in industry', began Honor Blackman - and we all fell about
on the floor, hooting and roaring at such an ingenuous statement from the original
of those crypto-Fascist dolls, Cathy Gale and Pussy Galore
Mail, 8 October, page 15, Like It Or Not Wrestling Is Here To Stay,
Honor Blackman's penchant for wrestling (small aside in larger piece), England,
Piece does not mention Avengers, but is accompanied by a photo: "On the
set of The Avengers - wrestler Jackie Pallo, Judo enthusiast Honor Blackman"
Viewer, 17 October, page ?, Honor's Not So Tough, Who wears the
trousers in the Blackman/Kaufmann household, England.
HONOR BLACKMAN, who becomes James Bond's latest conquest, as Pussy Galore, in
Goldfinger, was talking to me about her TV role as Cathy Gale in The Avengers.
"It was tremendous fun while it lasted," she said, "but I didn't
want to get into a rut, and I think there was the danger of this, had I continued."...
"Actually," says Maurice (Kaufmann), "being married to Honor
has not proved anything like as difficult as people may imagine. We both have
our careers. And in spite of all this Cathy Gale and Pussy Galore stuff, Honor
has always taken care to remember that I wear the pants in our house - and we
both want to keep it that way."
Mail, 20 October, page 3, Steed's New Girl, Introduction of Elizabeth
Shepherd, with photo, Douglas Marlborough, England
A MISSIONARY'S daughter has been chosen to replace Cathy Gale, the leather-clad
judo expert with kinky boots in A.B.C. TV's popular series, The Avengers. She
is Elizabeth Shepherd, 28. Like Honor Blackman, who created the part, she has
honey-blonde hair. Unlike Miss Blackman, she will not wear leather suits or
be a judo expert. And she will not be called Cathy. What she will be like we
will find out later. Producer Julian Wintle said: "She has terrific personality
and good looks - all the ingredients for the series."
Miss Shepherd, who has a BA, appeared as a secret agent on ABC in July in Time
Out of Mind. She studied classical Shakespearean and modern drama at Bristol
University. She has met her Avengers co-star, Patrick Macnee, who plays
John Steed, special agent extraodinary. The Avengers deal, worth thousands
of pounds to her, was clinched a few days ago - before Miss Shepherd started
a holiday in Naples. She returns to London next week and next month starts work
on the series. It is expected to be screened early in 1965. Mr. Macnee said
last night: "Elizabeth is very beautiful. She has a cleft chin and I love
cleft chins." Miss Blackman, 38, left the series in the spring to play
Pussy Galore in the James Bond film Goldfinger.
Stage and Television Today, 22 October, page unknown, SUCCESSOR TO CATHY GALE,
author unknown, England.
Patrick Macnee's new partner in ABC's THE AVENGERS has at last been chosen.
She is London-born Elizabeth Shepherd. Elizabeth Shepherd will
play Mrs. Emma Peel, widow of a test pilot, and instead of tossing villains
over her shoulder with a judo show she will knock them cold with a karate blow.
Mail, 23 October, page 10, T. V. By Barry Norman, Comparison of
Honor Blackman and Lucille Ball, Barry Norman, England, He is writing
about the previous nights repeat of the episode '?'
And yet I am not being entirely fair. The evening provided an additional bonus,
the chance to take a nostalgic look at Honor Blackman, alas to be seen no more
in The Avengers, and to compare her with Lucille Ball. For they can be compared.
What they have in common is the ability to do totally unfeminine things while
remaining unmistakedly feminine. Miss Blackman can be as "Butch" as
she likes: Miss Ball can, as she did last night, go to a dance on roller skates,
knock waiters over and fall into the fishpond. But while doing these things
they never let you forget for a moment that they are attractive and desirable
women. I cannot think of any other girls on TV, with the exception of Millicent
Martin, of whom one could say the same.
November, pages 24,25,50, How Honor Blackman Became TV's Most Sadistic Blonde,
Percival Archbold, USA.
Times issue 471, 5 November, page 20, No title, Item on Elizabeth Shepherd,
John Gough, England, One paragraph in a gossip column.
Mail, 20 November, page 3, T. V.: Lament For S. W. A. L. K. By Monica Furlong,
Repeat of 'Bullseye' episode, 7.30pm the day before, Monica Furlong, England,
Part of larger column
Eating a kipper with one hand and twiddling the knobs with the other last night
I happened upon Miss Honor Blackman apparently at a board meeting, and clothed
all in leather, as the nursery rhyme has it. Is this what the well-dressed female
executive is now wearing, and if so, doesn't she get a bit over-heated, what
with the central heating and tossing the managing director around the mahogany?
So what does she do then? Do her best friends dare to tell her? Does she bath
with Breeze? Clean her teeth with Colgate? Bind up the boss's wounds with the
plaster that lets the wound breathe? Have a man's drink? Light a cigarette as
cool as a mountain stream? What a full, rich life it is in television, to be
and TV Guide, 27 November, pages 1,4 & 5, Cathy's Leather Fashion,
author unknown, Malta. This is a partial reprint of a piece from the TV
Times 1 November, 1963.
Times, 3 December, Tivvy Column, author unknown, England. Note: aimed
...Then we hurried home, in time to see The Avengers. I like watching
John Steed. He never falls over and bumps his head. Perhaps if I
had a bowler hat like his, it wouldn't hurt at all.
Mail, 10 December, page 3, £30 000 For The Unusual Miss Mulberry By Douglas
Marlborough, Unmade (?) Diana Dors series gets compared to The Avengers,
Douglas Marlborough, England
Blonde Diana Dors was named last night as television's new Avengers-style heroine...
It could be that the Unusual Miss Mulberry will fill the TV heroine gap left
by the departure of Cathy Gale, leather-clad secret agent in ABC-TV's The Avengers...
Miss Dors said 'It will be the opposite to Cathy Gale. I just don't see myself
as a Cathy Gale....
Mail, 15 December, page 3, Tougher Than Cathy, This New Avenger,
The introduction of Diana Rigg as the new partner for Patrick Macnee, Hilton
CATHY GALE could throw a man with a flick of the wrist. But even she wouldn't
stand a chance against the girl who is taking her place in ITV's The Avengers.
Diana Rigg, 26-year old Shakespearean actress, starts work today as successor
to Cathy, the judo girl made famous by Honor Blackman. Brian Clemens, associate
producer of the new series, sums her up like this: "Tougher than Cathy.
She moves like a boxer." Her co-star, Patrick Macnee, said: "I'm glad
she's on my side." Programme chiefs considered doing away with the Cathy
Gale Amazon image, but thought better of it.
So as well as brushing up her lines, Yorkshire-born Miss Rigg, alias Emma Peel,
has been taking judo lessons. But, despite the judo, Emma Peel will not be a
carbon-copy Cathy. There will be more comedy in the programme and more way-out
fashion ideas. The show will be aimed at the American market but without any
concessions to American styles. Miss Rigg, 5ft. 8 1/2in. tall and auburn haired,
said: "After five years with the Royal Shakespeare Company I want a change.
I shall be playing the part in my own way. I am not remotely like Honor Blackman
as an actress or a personality."
Sun, 15 December, page 3, The picture which made Diana Rigg the new girl
in the Avengers, Revealing Diana Rigg as the new Avengers girl, England.
of Frankenstein issue 7, exact date unknown, page 56, The Bizarre Avengers,
Exact date unknown, Gale Force Blows Over, The difference between
Mrs Gale and Pussy Galore briefly explained.
ACTRESS Honor Blackman, tells me there's one reminder of her judo expert Cathy
Gale Avengers role in the new film Goldfinger, which she's making with Sean
Connery. "It happens," she says, "during a scene in which I try
to use a judo hold on James Bond, played by Sean. But it's myself who ends up
on the mat, with Sean making love to me after applying a few holds of his own.
It's certainly a switch. In some fifty Avengers shows I got kissed only once,
and then the script called for me to dump the man on his ear for getting fresh