The Persuaders! (1971–1972)

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English Lord Brett Sinclair and American Danny Wilde are both wealthy playboys, they are teamed together by Judge Fullton to investigate crimes which the police can't solve. These two men ... See full summary »

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 Danny Wilde / ... (24 episodes, 1971-1972)
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 Lord Brett Sinclair / ... (24 episodes, 1971-1972)
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 Judge Fulton (11 episodes, 1971-1972)
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English Lord Brett Sinclair and American Danny Wilde are both wealthy playboys, they are teamed together by Judge Fullton to investigate crimes which the police can't solve. These two men are complete opposites, but become great friends through their adventures and constantly risk their own lives for one another. Written by Daniel Bolton <klsdb4@cynergy.com.au>

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Roger Moore chose Tony Curtis as his co-star. The other choices for the role of Danny Wilde were Rock Hudson and Glenn Ford. See more »

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[the CIA recruits Danny to work against Brett in trapping a master spy]
Pfeiffer: Mr. Wilde, let me ask you something. How well do you know Lord Sinclair?
Danny Wilde: I know him pretty good. Is he involved in this?
Pfeiffer: He's been recruited by the British.
Danny Wilde: To do the same thing you're asking me to do?
Pfeiffer: That's right.
Danny Wilde: You mean we'd be pitted up against each other?
Pfeiffer: That's right.
Danny Wilde: He's my best friend! I mean... I'll do it.
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Poor Timing
2 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

The Persuaders would likely have been an international hit in America and abroad had it premiered a few years earlier--although the fact that Roger Moore and much of the production staff of The Persuaders was then making The Saint would have precluded the possibility. By 1971, however, the glamor of the jetsetting elite was just about to give way to mass tourism made possible by the Boeing 747. And the exotic world of Euro-spies and Cold War intrigue was about to be replaced by a mature Euro-terror movement, as exemplified by Baader-Meinhof and the Red Army Faction. The urbane world of Patrick McGoohan's Danger Man, Patrick Macnee's The Avengers, and Roger Moore's The Saint was about to disappear behind the nihilism and grimy proletarianism of Palestinian terrorism and Black September's Munich Massacre. The Persuaders suddenly looked out of place.

Not to mention that, while Roger Moore was on his way up (to James Bond), Tony Curtis was on his way down as a movie star (1965's The Great Race was Curits' last good role in movies). In fact, I always thought that since Beau Maverick (Roger Moore) had grown from TV's Maverick into Brett Sinclair, it would only have been appropriate that James Garner's Bret Maverick been hired as "Beau" Wilde. Not likely, of course, since Garner was still a major film star. But it would have been interesting, although I must admit watching The Persuaders on STARZ' Action channel and on the recently released DVD, I've been won over by Curtis' ad libbing and level of physical energy.

Final verdict: a great series that was just a few years too late in getting on to the tube. But note that the episodes filmed in Britain are far better than those that take place in the south of France.


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