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The Persuaders! (TV Series 1971–1972) Poster

(1971–1972)

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When Tony Curtis flew to the UK to begin work on the show, he was arrested at Heathrow airport for possession of marijuana.
The cancellation of this series allowed Roger Moore to accept the role of James Bond.
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In one episode Tony Curtis answers a hotel telephone with the words, "Bernard Schwartz? Never heard of him." Bernard Schwartz is Tony Curtis's real name
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In France, where The Persuaders 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. Because of that, in France, it had more of a comedy element to it, more so than its original version, making the characters even more quirky and lovable. The French dubbing owes a big part of this show's success and popularity in France. (The same thing happened there with the dubbing for Starsky & Hutch). Other countries, such as Germany, would follow the French model.
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Roger Moore was offered his choice of Rock Hudson, Glenn Ford and Tony Curtis as his co-star in the show. Moore chose Curtis.
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The idea for The Persuaders! (1971) came from an episode of The Saint (1962), The Ex-King of Diamonds, where a British character was paired against a brash American.
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Sinclair's car is a 1969 Aston-Martin DBS. Wilde's car is a 1969 Ferrari 246 Dino.
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According to the DVD commentary, neither Roger Moore, an uncredited co-producer, nor Robert S. Baker, the credited producer, ever had a contract other than a handshake with Lew Grade. They produced the entire 24 episodes without a single written word guaranteeing that they would ever be paid.
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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.
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Roger Moore gained 20lbs over the course of the series' production, which he attributed to the use of real champagne during shooting.
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According to the end credits, Roger Moore designed the costumes for his own character, Lord Brett Sinclair.
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In Germany and some other European countries, this series was dubbed in an unconventional way, using very funny, often absurd expressions and phrases. Because of that, it became very popular (unlike the English version) and is still regularly repeated on German TV today.
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The most ubiquitous firearm used in the series is a Model 1934 Beretta in 7.65 Browning (aka .32 ACP). It appears in almost every episode involving a handgun. When a revolver shows up, it is almost always a Colt Detective Special.
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Throughout the series, Tony Curtis' character Danny Wilde is almost always seen wearing gloves. According to DVD commentary, this was a gimmick developed by Curtis to make his character unusual, and therefore create some buzz for the series.
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The title in Swedish was the rather silly rhyme "Snobbar som jobbar". In English this would mean "working snobs".
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Popular in Denmark and still repeated on TV 40 years after. The Danish title "De uheldige helte" (The Unlucky Heroes) plays with the words held=luck and helt=hero. The title tune was also a bit of a hit.
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