"Mother" is the codename given to the wheelchair-bound male British government official who gives orders to John Steed and Tara King in the last season of the British TV series The Avengers. A code name or cryptonym is a word or name used clandestinely to refer to another name or word John Steed is a fictional character played by Patrick Macnee, on the British series The Avengers and The New Avengers. This article is about the 1960s television character For the model who is often credited as Tara King see Tara O'Connor. A television program (US television programme (UK or television show (U The Avengers was a British Television series featuring Secret agents in 1960s Britain. In the television series, the character of "Mother" is portrayed by Patrick Newell; in the movie, he is portrayed by Jim Broadbent. Patrick David Newell (born Hadleigh, Suffolk, March 27 1932 - July 22 1988) was a British actor known for his James "Jim" Broadbent (born 24 May 1949 is an English Academy Award -winning theatre film and television Actor.
The position of "Mother" is reminiscent of that of M in the James Bond movies: he is the spider at the centre of the web of intrigue, supervising and coordinating the activities of Steed and other agents. M is a fictional character in Ian Fleming 's James Bond series as well as the films in the Bond franchise James Bond 007 is a Fictional character created in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming, who featured him in twelve Novels and two Short story
There is a school of thought in Avengers fandom that identifies "Mother" as Sir George Collins, a sometime Minister of the Crown and close relative of the Attorney General, who appeared in an earlier episode of the series (Something Nasty in the Nursery). Fandom (from the noun fan and the affix -dom, as in kingdom, dukedom, etc Minister of the Crown is the formal constitutional term used in the Commonwealth realms to describe a minister to the reigning sovereign Her Majesty's Attorney General for England and Wales, usually known simply as the Attorney General, is the chief legal adviser of the Crown in England and Wales This speculation is largely based on the rather tenuous evidence that both Collins and "Mother" were portrayed by the same actor (Patrick Newell). Although Sir George Collins would fit the profile of "Mother"'s otherwise mysterious background, the main counterargument is that he is not disabled. However, it is possible that "Mother" received his disabling injury after his appearance as Sir George; some remarks in both the television series (episode The Forget-Me Knot) and the film suggest that the accident that paralyzed him happened in the relatively recent past.
Neither the TV series nor the film suggest why this individual has the codename "Mother". In the 1990 novel The Avengers: Too Many Targets by John Peel and Dave Rogers, and based upon the television series, agents working for Mother gave him that nickname behind his back; upon overhearing it being used, he liked it and adopted it officially as a codename. John Peel (born 1954 is a British Writer, best known for his books connected to several television series (Like most spin-off fiction from established franchises, the canonicity of this is unclear. This article is not about Literary canons of influential works of fiction but about the concept of a canon which defines the world of a particular fictional series )
In spite of his disability, he is characteristically mobile, continuously moving his headquarters from such traditional locations as a stately home to more eccentric locales such as a double-decker bus or under water. Paraplegia is an impairment in motor and/or sensory function of the lower extremities A stately home is strictly speaking one of about 500 large properties built in England between the mid-16th century and the early part of the 20th century as well as converted A double-decker bus is a Bus that has two levels While double-decker long-distance coaches are in widespread use around the world double-decker city buses are Mother has a new base in practically every episode. Such locations are. . .
There is one aspect that has been the same for almost every base: Mother is surrounded by phones.
This compulsion to present a moving target is more than mere whimsy; the plots of many of the episodes revolve around attempts to kill "Mother," so his position is obviously a hazardous one. AssassiNation is the sixth album by Krisiun, released in 2006 on Century Media.
The humor of "Mother" as a codename for a man is further exploited by placing him opposite a blind female British government official, second to him in rank, called "Father", who only appeared in one episode and again in the 1998 film. Blindness is the condition of lacking Visual perception due to Physiological or Neurological factors " Father " is the Codename given to a blind female British government official who appears as a supporting character in the 1998 Film
In another episode, Mother says over the phone that he will send information to "Grandmother", who must be another government official, perhaps higher in rank than Mother.
In the Tom Stoppard play Hapgood the (female) senior secret agent Hapgood also has the nickname or codename 'Mother'. Sir Tom Stoppard OM, CBE (born 3 July 1937 is a British Screenwriter playwright Hapgood is a play by Tom Stoppard, first produced in 1988 It is mainly about espionage focusing on a British female spymaster (Hapgood and her juggling of career
Mother can always be seen with his assistant, Rhonda. She is a tall, statuesque blonde woman who never speaks. Mother commented on this in one episode, saying that her quietness was lovely and when she tried to say something after that, he stopped her and said not to spoil it. In another episode, she appears to speak, but this is revealed to be an act of ventriloquism on Mother's part.
In Alan Moore's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier, Harry Lime is is in command of the British Secret Service, acting as M and is referred to as "Mother" as nickname by several agents, including Emma Peel. Alan Moore (born November 18 1953 in Northampton) is an English Writer most famous for his influential work in Comics, including the acclaimed The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Black Dossier is an original Graphic novel in the Comic book series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen The Third Man ( is an award-winning British Film noir directed by Carol Reed and starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, M is a fictional character in Ian Fleming 's James Bond series as well as the films in the Bond franchise Emma Peel was a fictional Television Spy played by Diana Rigg in the British 1960s adventure series The Avengers. Though he is not yet disabled.