Saturday, March 29, 2008

TV Themes: THE AVENGERS w/ THE NEW AVENGERS

Spotlighting the great themes from mystery/crime TV shows ...

THE AVENGERS (1961-1969)
THE NEW AVENGERS (1976-77)
"Crimes against the people and the state have to be avenged by agents extra-ordinary ... " One of British television's most famous exports, the quirky '60s spy show The Avengers starred Patrick Macnee as gentleman government agent John Steed, working with a variety of partners to keep Great Britain safe from a variety of outlandish threats. Although his most famous co-Avenger was Mrs. Emma Peele (Diana Rigg, 1965-1967), he also worked with Dr. David Keel (Ian Hendry, 1961), Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman, 1962-64), and Tara King (Linda Thorson, 1968-69). In the short-lived revival The New Avengers, it was Steed with Mike Gambit and Purdey (Gareth Hunt and Joanna Lumley, 1976-77).

Composer Laurie Johnson wrote the opening theme to The Avengers (starting with the Emma Peel episodes), as well as for The New Avengers, for which he also served as co-producer. Born 1927, Johnson studied at the Royal College of Music and later taught there. In the 1950s, he worked with big bands and recording orchestras, before turning his attention to composing scores for film, television, the theatre, concert halls and the recording studio. His film scores include Dr. Strangelove (1964) and The First Men In The Moon (1964).

THE AVENGERS MAIN TITLES (1965)


THE AVENGERS MAIN TITLES (1967)


Playlist: THE AVENGERS 1960s (Chessboard Intro, Main Titles 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969)


THE NEW AVENGERS MAIN TITLES (1976)


Listen to the themes: Mark Little's MyThemes.TV
Additional music and sound files: The Avengers Sound Page

Laurie Johnson Official Site
Laurie Johnson bio at The Avengers Forever
Exhaustive cast and series info at The Avengers Forever
Patrick Macnee's Official Homepage

More themes:
THE ROCKFORD FILES
S.W.A.T.
SIMON & SIMON
STARSKY & HUTCH
T.J. HOOKER

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