RIP Patrick Macnee who has passed aged 93. The Avengers (the proper one) was a part of my childhood to the extent that the stirring theme is the ringtone on my phone to this day. Steed was a true chap, more than ably assisted by his feisty and strong female companions (Honor Blackman as Cathy Gale and Diana Rigg as Emma Peel to name but two) and he was personified by the suave and urbane Mr. Macnee. Steed seldom wielded a gun, a result, it is said, of Macnee's own view that he had seen enough killing during the war, in which he served in the Royal Navy. The Avengers was (and remains) unique. A good innings, sadly now ended. Cheerio Steed.