Being stuck at home will make you do things like this.
I don’t mean the Marvel Avengers movies, but the British TV series starring Patrick MacNee.
Of course, most people know that four of the leads in the Avengers TV show – MacNee, Honor Blackman, Diana Rigg, and Joanna Lumley – al appeared in films in the Eon James Bond franchise. But, with Pepper Mill and me watching the old Avengers episodes on DVD, I noticed other familiar faces.
Christopher Lee and Julian Glover were in Avengers episodes (Glover was in four).
High-profile actors in the Bond series that aren’t household names – Robert Brown, who played “M” in four films and James Villiers, who played Chief of Staff Bill Tanner in one – were also on The Avengers.
Burk Kwouk, famous for playing “Cato” in the Pink Panther films, appeared in three episodes of The Avengers and appeared in two Bind films (three if you count the 1967 Casino Royale)
And if you count the awful 1998 Avengers movie, you have Sean Connery and Ralph Fiennes (the latest “M”) as well.
Of course, it’s not really that surprising – both are long-running franchises that used largely British actors. Probability alone would suggest a lot of crossovers.
I won’t even get into crossovers between these two series and Doctor Who, Star Wars, or (even though it’s not as long-running) The Prisoner. I’ll let that occupy someone else’s Quarantine Time.
Here’s my complete list:
Honor Blackman Cathy Gale (62-4) Pussy Galore (Goldfinger)
Diana Rigg Emma Peel (65-8) Teresa (Tracy) DiVincenzo (OHMSS)
Joanna Lumly Purdey (New Avengers 76-7) “English Girl” (OHMSS)
Patrick MacNee John Steed (61-69, 76-77) Sir Godfrey Tibbett (A View to a Kill)
Christopher Lee “Never, Never say Die” Scaramanga (Man with the Golden Gun)
Julian Glover 4 episodes Kristatos (For Your Eyes Only)
Tania Mallet “The Midas Touch” (NA) Tilly Masterson (Goldfinger)
Burt Kwouk 3 episodes Mr. Ling (Goldfinger)
Spectre #3 (You Only Live Twice)
Chinese General (Casino Royale – 1967)
Guy Doleman “Six Hands Across a Table” Count Lippe (Thunderball)
Roy James Locke 3 episodes Vargas (Thunderball)
George Pravda “The Radioactive Man” Dr. Kutze (Thunderball)
Charles Underdown 2 episodes Air Marshall (Thunderball)
George Roubicek 2 episodes Astronaut (You Only Live Twice)
Stromberg Capt. (The Spy Who Loved Me)
Bernard Horsfall 3 episodes Campbell (OHMSS)
James Cossins “Pandora” Colthorpe (The Man with the Golden Gun)
Caroline Munro “Tammy”(NA) Guard (Casino Royale ’67)
Naomi (The Spy Who Loved Me)
Vernon Dobtcheff 3 episodes Max Kalba (The Spy Who Loved Me)
Steven Berkoff “The Gravediggers” Orlov (Octopussy)
Robert Brown “The Town of No Return” M (Octopussy}
M (A View to a Kill}
M (The Living Daylights)
M (License to Kill)
Willoughby Gray “You’ll Catch your Death” Dr. Carl Mortner (A View to a Kill)
James Villiers “Small Game for Big Hunters” Bill Tanner (For Your Eyes Only)
If you include the 1998 Avengers Movie
Sean Connery August de Wynter Bond
Ralph Fiennes John Steed Mallory (“M”) (Spectre)
M (No Time to Die)