The Avengers is a 1998 American spy action film adaptation of the British television series of the same name directed by Jeremiah Chechik. It stars Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman as secret agents John Steed and Emma Peel, and Sean Connery as Sir August de Wynter, a mad scientist bent on controlling the world's weather. Patrick Macnee, who played John Steed on the original series, makes a vocal cameo as the voice of Invisible Jones. The film was a box office bomb, only grossing $55 million against its $60 million budget. It also received overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics, with some considering it one of the worst films ever made.


John Steed, agent of the Ministry, completes a training course. Dr. Emma Peel receives a phone call telling her to go to a gentlemen's club — no women allowed — where she meets Steed for the first time. The two head off to the Ministry to meet Mother, who informs them that the Prospero project — an attempt to influence the weather — was sabotaged apparently by Peel. Dr. Peel claims she is innocent, but she is sent to work alongside Steed to find the real culprit. Mother's off-sider, Father, claims Peel suffers from a mental disease. They go off to visit Sir August de Wynter, an old ally of The Ministry. He takes an instant liking to Peel, as they both share a love of weather.