Anyone who ever fell for Diana Rigg as Emma Peel--and judging from the comments lately, there are many such among the WU-vies--will have their heads (and possibly other body parts) explode upon viewing this clip, which was banned in the USA at the time of its release.
Comments Listed in chronological order. Newest comments at the end.
It's stuff like this that keeps us Brits warm, despite the cold rain!
Posted by TheCannyScot in Atlanta, GA on 01/26/12 at 01:28 PM
I liked her better in her leather suit!
Posted by Tyrusguy on 01/26/12 at 01:54 PM
Thanks, Paul. And the 12 year old boy who lives in my head thanks you, too.
Posted by Frank H in United States on 01/26/12 at 02:24 PM
Diana Rigg definitely had sex appeal. She could make a charwoman's costume look like haute couture. She was a good actress - I've seen her in other roles, in movies mainly.
I checked a few recent photos of her and it appears that the years have been pretty kind to her.
Posted by KDP in Madill, OK on 01/26/12 at 02:28 PM
She was a beautiful girl and I am sure she is still a lovely older woman.
Posted by patty in Ohio, USA on 01/26/12 at 04:40 PM
There is something about a "full figured woman" that has always rung my bells. Beating myself black and blue on a bag of bones doesn't do it for me regardless of how well the fashion de jour "moves" on her frame.
The way my friend calls it, "More cushion for the pushin'".
Posted by Expat47 in Prague, CZ on 01/26/12 at 05:22 PM
This was banned? I seem to recall things far more daring from other movies and shows of the period. Including but certainly not limited to the 'Saloon Girls' out of numerous westerns. But then again censors were never consistent on anything.
Posted by Baughbe on 01/26/12 at 05:33 PM
That's nothing, I saw her naked on stage in 1971, iirc, as Heloise in Abelard and Heloise at the Los Angeles Ahmanson Theater. Gave me great street cred with the Avengers fanboys.
Posted by Cecil Rose in Raleigh, NC on 01/27/12 at 02:11 PM
This would probably still be banned over here even today. It's ok to have flesh eating zombies or people getting their heads blown off on TV at 8pm but god help you if you show a nipple.......
Posted by Steve in Iowa (but English) on 01/27/12 at 04:13 PM
Spit roasting the snake at the end was a bit harsh though don't you think??
Posted by Steve in Iowa (but English) on 01/27/12 at 04:16 PM
Ah yes, "A Touch Of Brimstone" about the rebirth of The Hellfire Club for political infiltration and corruption. Since it was to be aired in the days of the real life sex intrigues of the Profumo affair, I think it was more likely the "too near the knuckle" rule for censorship rather than any of the lovely Diana's features being exposed.
BTW, Monty Python fans viewing this might look closely and spot Carol "Historical costume and boobs" Cleveland in this very scene.
Posted by DFStuckey in Auckland on 03/31/12 at 02:44 AM
...and THAT was the beginning of "Global Warming."
Posted by tadchem on 10/24/12 at 01:58 PM
It was more than likely banned not due to the "look" but the name of her character as billed as "Queen of Sin." Some funny things were banned back then and some odder things were not. I find it interesting what is and is not acceptable viewing widely in the USA. Gore, blood, guts, war themes... seem perfectly okay for most of the viewing audience but... sex... human beauty... for the love of religion, don't be showing no nip!
Posted by Ron in St. Augustine on 05/05/13 at 03:57 AM
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