The Avengers Theme By Laurie Johnson; A Living, Breathing TV Theme


The Avengers: Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) & Steed (Patrick Macnee)

In the Avengers theme, you have everything going; that is everything that counts except the kitchen sink! First off, you have this fantastic fanfare; the scoring blasts its way into your being like sun coming over the horizon after 6 months of darkness in Alaska!  That brass signals that something worth listening to and watching is about to begin. Then, percussion starts grooving and we are off!

I still get chills with the contrast between the brass section and those classy string lines (both texture and feel-wise) which, for me, really introduce the elegance of the characters. When the whole orchestra swings in the end credits, it really digs in and hurts so good!

Sometimes the theme is great, the show not so much and vice versa; in this case, they both deserve equal, top billing. When I listen, both Steed and Emma Peel are immortalized forever.

I suggest you pick up from your fave fish & chips spot, pour a nice crystal of chilled Cristal, LISTEN, watch and remember one of the classiest TV shows ever to be floating around in space as you do so…

*The TV themes that stay with me reflect every character, every episode, the times the series took place in AND the genre of theater applicable; fresh forever in my music mind.


2 thoughts on “The Avengers Theme By Laurie Johnson; A Living, Breathing TV Theme

  1. To give credit where due, the original Avengers theme was composed by Sir John
    and both it and the series were very different from the incarnation that crossed the pond‎

    The more famous theme was composed by Laurie Johnson.
    I love it too, and salute the skill of composing for TV that has yielded
    to plugging in indie band pop songs which may not stand the test of time

    – 5 –

    • I must confess, I had know idea. It is certainly the second theme that I am in love with. I sincerely thank you for this… I do try to be as accurate as possible.

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