|"The Avengers" stars with a Royal Enfield Constellation in 1964.|
Do you see a third exhaust pipe in this photo?
The British series had been a favorite of mine, and I suspect every other teenage American boy, in the 1960s. The attraction was Mcnee's portrayal of the polite and very British secret agent John Steed, plus the skin-tight outfits favored by his female co-stars.
When the series reached the U.S. Diana Rigg was in the role of Emma Peel. We only wished we could be as clever as Steed:
Emma Peel: (Emma is admiring an antique bed) "I've always rather fancied myself in one of these."
John Steed: "So have I... I mean, I have too."
Honor Blackman was an earlier sexy side-kick for Mcnee. (She would leave the series and play the role of Pussy Galore in the James Bond movie "Goldfinger.")
Blackman had been a dispatch rider in World War II, and so was a natural for an episode on a motorcycle, probably the source of the Royal Enfield Constellation photo.
|Blackman in leathers and Mcnee with bowler and umbrella|
in screen grab from "The Avengers" episode "Build A Better Mousetrap."
"Build A Better Mousetrap" can be viewed on YouTube, at least for the moment.
But Julien added one other thing about the color photo with the Constellation: "Do you also see a third exhaust pipe?"
What?! Why yes, I do. Is this a three-cylinder Royal Enfield?
Royal Enfield had built a triple — but just as an experiment — in 1916. Blogger Jorge Pullin investigated it for his My Royal Enfields blog and conjectures that it wouldn't have been practical for production.
Could there have been a Constellation based Royal Enfield triple in the 1960s?
No. Look closely.
|Reflection and a shadow create the illusion of three exhaust pipes.|