Freewheeling, oh-so-Sixties carnival of surrealism and kick-ass action, starring Patrick Macnee as bowler-hatted secret agent John Steed, investigating bizarre crimes with the help of feisty, kinkily-dressed female partners, notably Emma Peel (Diana Rigg).
Little known fact: the long-lost first series was a hard-hitting revenge thriller, with Steed joined by genuine avenger David Keel (Ian Hendry).
Based on the show’s mid-Sixties Steed/Peel period, Jeremiah Chechik’s blockbuster paired Ralph Fiennes with Uma Thurman to fight mad weatherman Sir August De Wynter (Sean Connery).
Mistaking the original’s show eccentric whimsy for raucous spectacle, the film’s lack of coherence was underlined when an hour was lopped off the running time after disastrous test screenings. If you have any idea what's going on, let us know.
Moment You Know You’re Watching a Hollywood Movie:
Any of the film's overblown set-pieces would do...but nothing trumps the misbegotten casting of the leads.
Chosen, presumably, based on one-note reading of their acting (Fiennes, posh; Thurman, sassy), nobody’s thought about whether they’d have any chemistry. Macnee and Rigg luxuriated in flirtatious banter; these two come across like bored commuters making small talk.