January 11, 1991 at 05:00 AM EST

The Avengers

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
Wide Release Date
08/14/98
performer
Sean Connery, Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman, Jim Broadbent
director
Jeremiah S. Chechik
distributor
Warner Bros.
genre
Action Adventure, Mystery and Thriller

Here’s proof that absolutely anything can happen in popular culture. On Mondays through Fridays at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Saturdays at 6 p.m., the Arts & Entertainment network has been showing reruns of The Avengers, the English-made cult favorite from the late ’60s. The thriller series starred Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg as the classiest, campiest crime-fighters ever. But if you’re a fan, you may know that before Rigg, from 1962 to ’64, Macnee had a different co-star: Honor Blackman, who became briefly famous playing Pussy Galore in the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger.

Now, get this: In 1964, Blackman and Macnee cut a record, a little ditty called ”Kinky Boots.” It’s a typical bit of Beatle-era pop, complete with jangling guitars and Ringo-style drumming. Recently released as a single in Avengers-crazy Britain, the song rose all the way into the Top 5 on the pop charts and for a while was selling better than Madonna’s ”Justify My Love.” How, er, fitting.

By the way, the Avengers episodes starring Blackman, never before shown in America, begin airing on A&E Jan. 25.

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