People, Mar. 22, 1976

In the 1960s Private Eye John Steed (Patrick Macnee) was regularly upstaged in The Avengers on British TV by a sexy tough—Honor Blackman—who wore a black leather pantsuit when things got rough. Later Diana Rigg and then Linda Thorson took over the tough-cookie role.

Now, Producer Brian Clemens is reviving the series with a new avengeress: blonde Joanna Lumley, 30. Compared with her predecessors, she seems positively oldfashioned. Instead of pants or pantyhose, she prefers skirts and stockings and even packs her pistol in her garters. But Clemens attests that "when she had...

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