July 20, 2021

DIANA DAY

Actress Diana Rigg was born on this day in 1938. She spent her early years in India, returning to England at age eight. Rigg began her training at RADA in 1955. Her first big break on television was in a 1963 episode of Sentimental Agent. Broadcast two years prior to her debut as Mrs. Emma Peel on The Avengers, the young actress already displayed her trademark gravitas, sharp intelligence, charming wit, and powerful independence. As Peel, she introduced new fashions to television viewers, such as Mod geometric patterns designed by John Bates, black leather catsuit, and in her second season, brightly colored stretch jersey catsuits that were licensed for sale in shops. Following her seasons on The Avengers (1965-1968), Rigg starred in numerous stage productions, films, and television shows, including her own series, Diana (1973-1974), and her famous role as a Bond Girl in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). She appeared most recently in VictoriaGame of Thrones (winning an Emmy Award), and she played her daughter Rachael Stirling's fictional mom in Doctor Who and  in the fantastic series, The Detectorists. "I don't want to retire," she said in recent years. "I never want to retire. What's the point of it?" Rigg made a rare appearance at the BFI in 2015 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her time on The Avengers. She also became a grandmother in 2017! She expressed an interest in returning to the Royal Shakespeare Company and a recent return to Broadway in a production of My Fair Lady earned her a Tony Award. Diana Rigg passed away last fall at 82. Her daughter, actress Rachael Stirling, said a cancer diagnosis came in March '20 and that Dame Diana "died peacefully in her sleep early this morning, at home, surrounded by family... She spent her last months joyfully reflecting on her extraordinary life, full of love, laughter and a deep pride in her profession." For many, Emma Peel was a first crush, and I suppose I would have to make that claim, too. But for me, watching the show as a seven-year-old, the attraction was the character's intelligence, warmth, humor, and martial arts skills. She was stunningly beautiful, yes, but she was also the ideal platonic companion, ever-ready for adventure and the champion for any situation. My friend Rodney Marshall (son of Avengers writer Roger Marshall) once summed her up perfectly on a Facebook post: "Beautiful, but never decorative. Cool, but never cold. Worldy-wise, but never cynical. Emma Peel turned karate, a flick of the hair and cat suits into art forms, a raised eyebrow into a statement. She was intellectually and physically superior to her male counterpart. No female action adventure character will ever come close to matching her. No actress could have played the part better. Iconic." Learn more: Rigg published a book, No Turn Unstoned, in 1983, and her biography was published in 2004 by Kathleen Tracy. Related posts: Diana Rigg Motor ShowShakespeare Spies RiggRigg eBookAvengers Season 5 TitlesAvengers Interview: Michael RichardsonAvengers Interview: Rodney Marshall IAvengers Interview: Rodney Marshall IIRare Avengers Scripts, Lost Avengers ReleasedSeason 5 Blu-ray speed comparisonShakespeare Spies: Diana RiggDiana Rigg at 76Jean Varon FashionMini-KillersMrs. Peel Audio Dramas.


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July 1, 2021

PULPFEST 2021

Greetings, Spy Vibers! If you are into the classic pulps and The Shadow, check out the schedule for this year's annual Pulpfest. In addition to events about Edgar Rice Burroughs, there will be a number of Shadow-related presentations and screenings that look very cool. One of the Shadow panels will include luminaries Will Murray, Jim Steranko, Anthony Tollin, and Ed Hulse. If you are out and about these days, this might just be the right event for you! I went some years back when it was in Columbus and had a ball meeting up with fellow fans, browsing the great toy and book stores around town, and staying up late for nightly screenings of cliffhanger serials. This year's gathering will be in Pittsburgh. The dealer's room was also quite impressive, with numerous collections of rare pulps and Big Little Books to peruse. More info at Pulpfest. Enjoy! 


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