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Bowler Hats and Kinky Boots (The Avengers): The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to The Avengers [Kindle Edition]

Michael Richardson , Stephen James Walker
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Book Description

‘Always keep your bowler on in times of stress. And watch out for diabolical masterminds.’

The Avengers is one of the most stylish and influential television series of all time, blending action and adventure with outrageous villains and a camp sense of fun. It introduced the public to the central characters of John Steed, Cathy Gale, Emma Peel and Tara King, and made international stars of actors Patrick Macnee, Honor Blackman, Diana Rigg and Linda Thorson.

This is the most in-depth reference work about the show. It covers all aspects, going through the production episode by episode, with full behind-the-scenes details. Assembled from ABC Television documentation, including daily progress reports and internal letters and memos, to give a complete day by day picture of how the series progressed from videotape to film and from black and white to colour. In addition, the author has spoken and corresponded with many people who worked on the series, to give the fullest picture yet of how this classic and stylish British production was assembled.

This volume also covers The New Avengers, the South African radio series, the stage play and the 1998 feature film.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3117 KB
  • Print Length: 762 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1845838874
  • Publisher: Telos Publishing Ltd (30 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,313 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
If you've got other books in your Avengers collection, ones that you think tell you everything you need to know about the series, and that Bowler Hats and Kinky Boots can't possibly tell you anything you don't know... think again! This is an astonishing reference work, compiled and researched by one of the real experts on the series, Mike Richardson. No other book has brought together such a breathtaking amount of information, fascinating facts and insights for the whole of The Avengers (and The New Avengers, the movie, the stage play, the radio series and more) all under one roof in such an effective, readable way.

Like Mike Richardson, I also write books about The Avengers. I wish I had written this one, as it will surely be seen as the definitive account of the series. Indispensible.

Congratulations, Mike! This is a book that every Avengers fan should have in their library.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate Avengers Book 14 July 2014
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So having read this in less than a week,this in my humble opinion could be the ultimate book that documents the whole history of a well loved cult classic

The author has certainly done his homework and even mentioned the less known stage play and radio series,the book goes at a nice pace giving the reader what they want to know

I would love a second volume but this is pretty much perfect so will just start reading it again

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I wasn't sure about this one to be honest. The idea that it is behind the scenes was always going to be of interest, but the fact that it lacks the story line of each episode rather took away the feeling that the book would be complete.

Luckily I took the plunge and brought it. It's a treasure of a book. I thought it would need the story lines, in fact, sparse as they are, they are there and it's enough. The 'dryness' one reviewer mentioned I have yet to find. In fact reading it in order as I am doing is fascinating stuff. It adds to each episode, is always interesting and to be honest, I'm amazed at how he found and complied all of this, talk about a labour of love!

Best served with the complete or complete as can be box set, this is a book you really will be glad you have if you have any interest in The Avengers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great terrific in depth book 4 Sept. 2014
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Read the kindle version, a great terrific in depth book, just one or two minor quibbles - when reviewing the N.A. episode "House of Cards" the author mixes up Annette Andre with Joanna Lumley, claiming the former was the Bishops stepdaughter when it was Lumley's Purdey. And in the biography section did I miss an entry for Patrick Newell ?
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable and detailed Avengers resource 5 July 2014
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Format:Kindle Edition
Although the front cover proclaims the book to be unoffical and unauthorised, don't be fooled into thinking that this is a quick cash in. Simply put, Bowler Hats and Kinky Boots is an immaculately researched resource, covering all the aspects of The Avengers - the original tv series, the South African radio series, The New Avengers and the feature film.

Drawing on interviews with key personnel, both in-front and behind the camera, as well as plentiful production paperwork, Richardson is able to tell the complete story. Although there have been several books on the show previously published, none have presented the history of the series in such detail. Therefore there should be plenty of new facts for people to discover, from the various unmade scripts to the backstage battles. To take one example, I never knew that Diana Rigg was reluctant to sign up for the colour series and only did so after a substantial payrise. Although the amount she received for each colour episode will come as a surprise to most, as it still seems incredibly low!

It's a very much a factual book, as Richardson steers clear of offering opinons on the stories, instead he delivers the production facts. If you've ever read anything by Andrew Pixley, then this is is written in a similar style. This may be too dry for some people's tastes, but if you're after facts rather than comment and speculation then this is the book for you. It's particularly fascinating to see the production details on all the later colour episodes and to discover how many days each one took to shoot and exactly what and where they recorded on any given day. This information may be of limited interest to some, but I'm glad it's been included.

This is an invaluable read for any Avengers fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Avengers Guide 18 Sept. 2014
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This is a truly fantastic book covering all things Avengers. Even if you think you know all the series you'll be pleasantly surprised to find that there are still lots of things to be learned about the making of this wonderful show. I can't recommend this book highly enough. Buy without hesitation 10/10
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I can't write decent reviews but I do know a good book when I see one, and this a very, very good and well-researched book. If you only have room for one book on the Avengers, make sure it's this one. This one got everything covered: from truly in-depth writings on each and every episode of the series itself, to the South African radio series, to the 1998 Hollywood film and beyond. Simply superb!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is THE reference book on The Avengers. All ...
This is THE reference book on The Avengers. All the information you'll ever need - and probably some you don't! ;-)
Published 2 months ago by GSV Ethics Gradient
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply the best book on The Avengers ever
Quite simply the best book on The Avengers ever. Anything and everything you could possibly want to know about the series. No hesitation in giving it 5 stars.
Published 2 months ago by Villiers Terrace
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have book for all Avengers fans
Excellent fun...a long overdue celebration of the wonderful original Avengers TV series....I loved the show , especially the Emma Peel years and thoroughly enjoyed learning more... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Demonica
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and absorbing
A production guide to the entire Avengers television series (including the radio productions and film), this hefty book is highly informative and interesting, if a little dry... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Matthew Morelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Bowled A Googly
If you are interested - as I must confess I am - in exactly where certain sequences of certain episodes were actually shot, this book will enthrall you. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Max Plankton
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge Work of Research, Comprehensive and Very Readable!
I bought the Kindle version as it'll be easier to carry around with me if I'm travelling than the printed version. Read more
Published 13 months ago by S. Morris
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