Update! See below, in regard to “umbrella” (in relation as well to John Steed’s trademark umbrella).
It’s been a while since I did a really juicy tinfoil top hat write-up, and the 1998 film The Avengers is a just such a romp, in terms of filmwise conspiriana. Upon first viewing, I noticed a few esoteric elements, and upon second viewing, I noticed quite a few more. The film was a financial and critical flop, yet the plot is not as absurd as it seems, prima facia. The cinematography and art direction are top-notch, but eventually it fizzles into standard late 90s apocalyptic CGI corn syrup eye candy. I suspect a lot of people failed to understand that the original series and the remake are a parody of the 60s spy genre, and not to be taken too seriously.
However, as will be shown, the plot is anything but a parody, but instead a cloaking of some of the more unbelievable, yet real elements of conspiracy lore. In fact, the film is notorious for “razzies,” but in all honesty, it isn’t that bad.The intro begins with different weather systems and what appears to be various energy wave patterns “beamed” at the ionosphere. Then, following these images is a blood-red moon, looking somewhat like Mars. This makes sense, since Mars is the god of war, and the film will be be about the very real subject of weaponized weather. The blood moon is also a biblical apocalyptic image, and the moon governs the weather patterns of the tides, clueing the viewer into the tone to come.View the intro. here, with the blood/Mars/moon visible at 2:26.
Ralph Fiennes’ character John Steed is similar to James Bond: he is a cultured gentleman that works for British Intelligence. In fact, he even hangs out in Boodle’s: the same club that Ian Fleming, the James Bond creator and author, favored. The head of the Ministry of Defence apears to be a bumbling man named “Mother,” which hearkens to “M,” 007′s famed boss. “M,” many believe based on Anthony Master’s biography, was at least in part derived from controversial British Agent and occultist, Maxwell Knight. In The Avengers, “Mother” is a bumbling crippled man, who works as a front for “Father,” pictured as a manly woman operating as the real head of Secret Intelligence. Judging by the timing of the film, this could possibly have reference to then head of MI5, Stella Rimington.
Rimington’s novels are said to be “insiders” espionage, and certainly this film is a presentation of a host of conspiriana that, in 1998, were only apparent to “insiders.”Uma Thurman’s character Emma Peel has worked secretly for a weather warfare program that has been hijacked by a double that appears to be her. The head of the project is the eccentric former head of British Intelligence and black ops, Sir August de Wynter, a Scottish lord-type played by Connery, who lives a reclusive existence in his palace (And of course Connery played Bond, adding to the synchro-mystic associations).
The name of the program is “Prospero,” which naturally calls to mind Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and Connery functions like the character Prospero as a kind of Masonic magician, using instead his scientific prowess to create what is essentially a HAARP/weather warfare operation. Keep in mind that although weather warfare was known to some military personnel, and although it had been written about by Zbigniew Brzezinski in 1973 in Between Two Ages, the public was utterly oblivious to such a thing in 1998. The public is still oblivious to such a notion on the whole, yet much internet conspiracy lore speculates about HAARP and weather warfare. As you can see, the VLF Group which is the basis for HAARP is undeniably real, and does more or less what de Wynter describes.
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