Thursday, June 25, 2015
Never to be Forgotten:
Patrick Macnee 1922-2015
It is entirely to my discredit to bring this up, but I remember an interview in TV Guide where Diana Rigg complained bitterly that she was being paid a tiny fraction of Macnee's salary. As an American, I wasn't aware that he had been on the show longer than she had, but given what a seeming example of the equality of the sexes Emma Peel was in her day, it seemed to pre-pubescent me as a tremendous injustice. I write "a seeming example" because looking at the show today, one is struck by how often Mrs. Peel ends up a hostage.
Regular readers will know that I consider mentioning someone is The Guy (or Gal) at the Door as some sort of jinx, but Macnee was nowhere near the door. Someone who shared his birthdate but is younger has already died, and he is five years younger than the inexplicably alive Zsa Zsa Gabor. Go figure.
Best wishes to the family and friends of Patrick Macnee, from a fan. He is never to be forgotten.