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RIP Diana ‘Emma Peel’ Rigg (1938 – 2020)

Diana Rigg (1938 – 2020) was an English actress perhaps best-known for playing Emma Peel in the British TV series The Avengers (1965–1968).

Here,  Emma Peel, the rather amusing final scene from the “Something Nasty in the Nursery” (1967) episode of The Avengers.

What do you see Madame Peel?

I see you and I on the scene.

Something lurking in the background?

Yes, I see you attacked by two large…

What?

Things.

I dispose of them?

I do dispose of them?

No. I do.

RIP Honor Blackman (1925 – 2020)

Honor Blackman was an English actress, known for her sex symbol-ish parts in popular pulp of the sixties (The AvengersGoldfinger and Jason and the Argonauts).

The Cat and the Canary (1978)

Radley Metzger cast her as Susan Sills (“the big game hunter, one of the world’s most efficient killers”) in The Cat and the Canary (1978).

“Men Will Deceive You” (1964), a version of Gainsbourg’s “La javanaise.”

She recorded the surprise hit “Kinky Boots” (1964) and the album Everything I’ve Got (1964) which featured an interpretation of Serge Gainsbourg’s “La Javanaise”.

RIP Dyanne ‘SS-Ilsa’ Thorne (1936 – 2020)

Dyanne Thorne was an American actress best known for her film Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS (1974).

Unidentified documentary on the career of Thorne

I actually saw that film.

Ilsa conducts sadistic scientific experiments designed to demonstrate that women are more capable of enduring pain than men are, and therefore should be allowed to fight in the army. Ilsa is also portrayed as having a voracious sexual appetite for her male prisoners, whom she then castrates and kills.

It plays with the tropes of male anxiety of sexual inadequacy and the fear of castration.

Her character was very loosely based on that of Ilse Koch.