Someone commented on how much they loved this “ridiculous picture of the divine Ms Rigg”, so I posted the full picture from which I cropped the avatar, and from which I also created the image at the bottom of the sidebar (and one of the rotating header banners). However, I had to go searching for it, because I’d somehow filed it somewhere inexplicable and couldn’t find it on my hard drive. Here it is:
What I found during that search was interesting though: some other images obviously taken as part of the same shoot.
Two different crops of one shot:
You can see she is holding the same shoes that we see in the tonguepoking shot, so the likelihood is high that she is dissing Macnee in that shot.
Here’s some more (click on thumbnails to see a larger image):
One thing though. Going from the evidence of all those set shots above, Ms Rigg was wearing a watch on her left hand when the tonguepoking shot was taken, and the version I have has her watch on the other wrist entirely. I suspect this version of the image is actually the correct one.
I like it flipped better.
My favourite two shots (after the tonguepoking) from this series of photos are the two below:
I suspect that the shots where Rigg and Macnee are smiling most broadly here are from moments of horsing around on set, rather than shots during filming, as both Steed and Mrs Peel tended much more towards the cool, enigmatic smile and raised eyebrow than the broad cheesy grin.
Not that the series or PR shots taken for The Avengers were devoid of cheesiness. Far from it, in fact. Here’s some staged PR shots:
I was particularly chuffed to find the last two, because I’d always wondered how on earth they’d ended up with this shot which is also on another of our site banners:
My absolutely favourite shots of Riggs as Emma Peel are not any of the staged sexy shots, or the cool enigmatic screen shots. It’s the shots where she’s quite obviously having a good old chortle at how much silly fun it all is. Here’s just a few:
Ms Rigg Dame Diana is still magnificent, even though she probably can’t kick quite so high anymore, and is probably just a bit sick of overemphasis on her catsuit days, I’ll point out that she still works in theatre and occasional films, and is at present playing the part of Huma Rojo in ‘All About My Mother’ based on Almodovar’s film – until Nov 24th at the Old Vic Theatre, London. I bet she still has a fabulous chortle.