I have been to some reunions during my career, but I have to say that the Avenger 50th anniversary tops them all. I can testify that the fans that attended were not disappointed. Every one I spoke to was in praise of each event and raved about the on-stage interviews. Well done Chichester University and all the staff and students that put it together and made it work.
I remember a time in England when on an “Avengers” night you could not get people to leave their homes. Even the pubs had a noticeable drop in trade on those nights. In the work place next day, the fans would talk over the plot and what Steed and Emma Peel had been up to. The Avengers was the only British series to have the distinction of being networked at prime time in the United States. It achieved an all-time record of. “The Avengers” was, without question, one of the most popular television series ever produced and has etched its name indelibly into television history, and with it the names Of Brian Clemens, Patrick Macnee, and Diana Rigg. My name? I am Raymond Austin, AKA Ray Austin. I was the man behind the fights, and the action on the show. Stunt Coordinator, they would have called me now. Back in those days I did most of the fights and stunts for A.T.V., and Thames Television. They had the only long running television series showing at that time. I can remember at one time I was going from one studio to another … a fight here, a fall there. At night I would turn a car over, then go home, book two more stunt men, and we would be jumping off of a building next the day, then back to the “Avengers.” God bless the Avengers.. What is next, “The New Avengers?”