Today is reflected: John Steed vs. Patrick Macnee
By Terylene (with great
help from Mona Morstein)Introduction
in late 1960 Mr. Patrick Macnee received the script of the first episode
of "The Avengers," and read what the writers had penned for
his character John Steed, he cringed. In that script, only one thing was
"Keel looks at the door, reads card: 'Dr Treading'. He is about
to push the bell button when the door is flung open. Steed stands there".
Dr Keel was already well-known on English TV at the time, but, who was
this mysterious Steed, for whom any detail, any previous background, any
additional information was absent? All Patrick knew was that Steed was
the first face Dr. Keel would see when he opened the door.