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Honor Blackman

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Gustav Temple recalls the actress who played Cathy Gale opposite John Steed in The Avengers and Pussy Galore in Goldfinger Honor Blackman’s arrival on the set of The Avengers in 1962, with a pistol in her garter and a full programme of Judo training under her belt, had taken a lot of meetings, discussions, agonising and resistance from the top brass at ITV. When original leading man Ian Hendry left the series, a new sidekick for Patrick Macnee’s John Steed was needed. It was producer Leonard White who suggested a female sidekick, backed up by series creator Sydney Newman, though…

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RIP Diana Rigg

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With the passing of Diana Rigg, Sunday Swift reflects on her most iconic role, Emma Peel in The Avengers, ahead of a full tribute to the actress in our next edition The female dandy, AKA the cointrelle, quaintrelle, dandizette, lioness, peahen, chapette or dandyess, receives less attention than her male counterpart. Many words have been written about the immaculate dandyism of Patrick Macnee in The Avengers. With the passing of Diana Rigg, we turn our attention to Steed’s partner Emma Peel and her impeccable fashion sense.   Steed’s controlled, sharp, traditional Edwardian-inspired dandyism seems, in many ways, strikingly contrary to…

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New Chap Edition Video

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This short videogramme by Sophie Gargett gives a tantalising glimpse of what’s in store for readers of Chap Summer 20, published in May 2020. Heading the cast is Honor Blackman, the subject of a profile by editor Gustav Temple, which focuses on the star’s roles as Cathy Gale in The Avengers and Pussy Galore in Goldfinger. Members of our European collection of eccentric dandies, artists, filmmakers and actors are Fritz Lang, Anna Karina, Tamara de Lempicka and Federico Fellini. We also tracked down the most splendidly attired chaps from countries across the Continent, from Luxembourg to Hungary, with features from…

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Chap Summer 20

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The new edition of Britain’s longest-running gentleman’s journal comes out on 18th May 2020. Despite global lockdown due to Covid-19, all stops have been pulled out to make this as splendid an edition as ever. Our cover star and subject of our main feature is the delectable Honor Blackman, whose twin roles as Cathy Gale in the Avengers and Pussy Galore in Goldfinger are celebrated. Also profiled are monocled filmmaker Fritz Lang, art deco artist and libertine Tamara de Lempicka, sultry French actress and muse to Jean-Luc Godard Anna Karina. Our author interview is with New Statesman columnist Nicholas Lezard,…

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Fenella Fielding, 1927-2018

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The actress Fenella Fielding, who has died aged 90 from a stroke, was one of our most difficult interviewees to track down. After countless attempts to reach her via her agent in 2008, it was several years later that I saw her on a street in Soho, stopping traffic in a black and white ensemble, a vampish tower of hair and black eyelashes peering over enormous black sunglasses. “Fenella, Fenella!” I called out from across the road, to the delighted schadenfreude of some hipsters sitting outside a café. They smirked as I approached Miss Fielding on the pavement, blurting out…

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