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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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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In Germany, Switzerland and Austria, where "The Persuaders" ("Die Zwei") was wildly popular, this series was dubbed in an irreverent way, ad-libing a lot, thus departing from the original scripts and using very funny, often absurd colloquialisms and phrases. (For example the speakers even improvised jokes about their own dubbing work in process). Because of that, in Germany, it had more of a comedy element to it, more so than its original version, making the characters even more quirky and lovable. The German dubbing owes a big part of this show's success and popularity in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. (The same thing happened there with the dubbing for Starsky & Hutch). Other countries, such as France, would follow the German model. Tony Curtis even asked Rainer Brandt, the German speaker, to write the dialogs for the next season, but the series got canceled before this could have been done. See more »

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[Brett and Danny have been captured by the villains, who are seeking an important diary in Brett's briefcase]
Lord Brett Sinclair: I'll bet you one hundred dollars his first words are, "Where is it?"
Sergei: Where is it?
Danny Wilde: You're right. Can you untie me?
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The opening titles credit Tony Curtis and Roger Moore by their surnames only. See more »

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Inspired!
23 October 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Never before have I seen on-screen chemistry like that between Roger Moore and Tony Curtis in The Persuaders. Both actors fill their roles perfectly and more besides, whoever teamed up these guys needs credit also.

Whether they're winning improbable fight scenes, surviving hair-raising car chases, or making sense of unusual situations (e.g Sinclair finding out how he has suddenly acquired a wife, Wilde being accidentally immersed into a Soviet spy ring, or Sinclair again finding that he has been cloned!) Moore and Curtis always appear to be having a riot of a time, perhaps in some measure a result of the large quantities of champagne the cast got through on the set.

Roger Moore deploys his usual charm and dry wit, whilst the manic Curtis excels with his deadpan humour and perfect timing. The contrast between the two main characters matches that between the two actors, but its more a case of salt and vinegar than cheese and chalk, Moore and Curtis are perfect together, and together they are perfect for the show. Slightly camp 1970s comedy/action - perfect for Roger to make his indelible mark on the James Bond series, and a welcome change for Tony from his less light-hearted roles.

Brilliant series, shame it only lasted a couple of years!


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