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The Persuaders! - The TV Show

Updated on December 11, 2015
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Roger Moore & Tony Curtis Are The Persuaders!

As a fan of the action / suspense / adventure shows of the 1960s and 1970s, I fondly remember the TV series The Persuaders!

Take American Tony Curtis and Englishman Roger Moore and you have two actors playing daredevil playboys who are blackmailed into a life of defending the law and dispensing any villains that get in their way.

Curtis plays Danny Wilde, a self-made oil millionaire who has pulled himself out of the slums of the Bronx, but who has also squandered his money pursuing the fast life. His foil is Moore's Lord Brett Sinclair, an aristocrat, who instead of upholding his good name, has otherwise decided on the easy life of fast cars and equally fast women.

They are brought together by Judge Fulton (Laurence Naismith) who enlists them into his personal vendetta against those who slip through the net of justice only to pursue a continued life of crime.

Along the way, Wilde and Sinclair are able to mix in heavy doses of their playboy lifestyles together with their lives as crime fighters. Add in several spoonfuls of humour and sparring interplay between the two and it makes for a great mixture called The Persuaders!


The Persuaders! : The Beginning

The first few minutes of the very first episode of The Persuaders! is shown here, introducing the characters and the concept of the show. This excerpt also includes the famous title credits, along with the superb theme music composed by John Barry.

Brief Facts About The Persuaders!

  1. The Persuaders! originally ran between September 1971 and February 1972.
  2. Rock Hudson was the initial choice to play the part of Danny Wilde.
  3. Each star drove a signature car. Tony Curtis a red left-hand-drive Dino 246 GT and Roger Moore a Bahama yellow right-hand-drive Aston Martin DBS.
  4. Each episode cost £100,000, for location filming and star salaries: the most expensive British television serial of its time.
  5. The Persuaders! won awards in both Australia and Spain.
  6. Reputedly, Roger Moore and Tony Curtis never got along.
  7. There has been talk of a Hollywood remake since 2005, but nothing has transpired with the project.

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Tony Curtis as Danny Wilde

In the hope that the series would be successful in the USA, Tony Curtis was brought on board to play Danny Wilde. This was the first time that Curtis had starred in a television show. At the time it was one of the most expensive TV series to be produced and Curtis's salary reflected that fact.

Although an American network bought the show, not even a big name like his was able to hook enough viewers to keep it on the air there. It also did not help that it was scheduled directly against the established Mission: Impossible. Because of this, the series' projected longer run was stopped and production ceased.

The Full Theme to The Persuaders!

Such was the popularity of The Persuaders! in the UK and across Europe that even the show's wonderful theme music was snatched up in its thousands. Composed by the man behind the James Bond music, John Barry's theme became an unexpected hit record during 1971, when it sold enough copies to push it into the UK Top 20.

Back then, British music show Top of the Pops featured all the big records of the day. An essential part of the programme was the all-girl dance troupe Pan's People. Here, accompanied by a somewhat unusual routine from the girls, is the full version of the theme from The Persuaders!

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Roger Moore as Lord Brett Sinclair

Unlike the United States, countries across Europe loved the antics of both Tony Curtis and Roger Moore.

Moore was well-known at the time for his television role of Simon Templar in The Saint, so he was the perfect English foil for his American partner. As a consequence, much of the humour in The Persuaders! was the sparring between Wilde and Roger Moore's Lord Brett Sinclair - particularly Tony Curtis's mimicry of Moore's English accent.

Once it was known that the series had failed in America, production stopped and Roger Moore was released to take up the role of James Bond in the first of his seven outings as the British agent in Live and Let Die.


The Best of John Barry: Includes the Theme From The Persuaders!

Themeology: Best of
Themeology: Best of

This collection contains the original recording of the theme to The Persuaders!, as well as many more of the works of John Barry.

 

How The Persuaders! is known around the world:

France: Amicalement Votre

Spain: Los Persuasores

Germany: Die Zwei

Italy: Attenti a Quei Due

Sweden: Snobbar som jobbar

Netherlands: De speelvogels

Norway: Gullguttene

The Persuaders! Debate

Were you a regular viewer of The Persuaders! show?

Yes, I really enjoyed watching it!

Yes, I really enjoyed watching it!

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    • christopherwell 5 years ago

      Actually, I'm a latecomer -- my wife and I only discovered the series recently on DVD. We rented the first season from Netflix, and enjoyed the show so much we bought the whole series!

    • justholidays 6 years ago

      Yes, although very young, as with most British TV series of the time, I was their fan number 1!

    • nightbear lm 6 years ago

      Oh yeah!! I loved it and I love both the stars. really great for its time.

    No, this is the first I have heard of it!

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      • clouda9 lm 6 years ago

        I vaguely recall the show...Tony Curtis though...ooh laa laa!

      • WhiteOak50 6 years ago

        I have heard of the show and had to watch a few episodes but it wasn't my favorite.

      • Addy Bell 6 years ago

        Never heard of it.

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          christopherwell 5 years ago

          I have a lens dedicated to classic TV themes from cop and action shows. (And, of course, I had to include John Barry's classic theme!) Please come see the list at

          https://hubpages.com/entertainment/ChrisWell

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          goldenrulecomics 5 years ago

          I only saw one or two episodes when I was young, but I remember the humor...

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          clouda9 lm 6 years ago

          A wonderful page...as if you would do less, posh! The Persuaders brought back a faint memory for hubs and I...I guess I was out playing with Barbie or riding bicycles and caught it on the occasional time the tube was on in our home.

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          Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

          This is my first introduction to the TV series 'The Persuaders', probably since it never aired here in the States! From your description, it appears to be in a similar vein to "I Spy" -- two interesting characters involved in some way with upholding the law! Always delightful to learn something I'd never known before. What an educational place Squidoo is. :)

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          WhiteOak50 6 years ago

          As always you did a great job putting this page together. The Persuaders has never been my type of tv show to watch. I have seen a few episodes because of the parents, but besides that not a fan.

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          justholidays 6 years ago

          A comment? Only? Er... several comments, in reality.

          I loved this series and never fail to watch when I have the opportunity to do so! I've always loved this series as much as I loved the Avengers, for example.

          However, these were PURE British series, with British sense of humor, British atmosphere that no one in the world is able to recreate or even to imitate.

          So, when I hear about "Hollywoodian" remakes of old fashioned series, I'm angry as they'll probably get some success because current youth has almost no culture and ignores everything from these times. I just had the experience with the famous Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot series; which by demand of Dadid Suchet were continued by American cinema since the BBC, for financial reasons, discontinued their production; they became nothing but junk.

          But these new series will be nothing but fake series as nobody is able to recreate the ambiance of the times, or simply none actor nowadays is as seductive as Sir Roger Moore and no one could equal Mr Tony Curtis, these two Giants of the cinema.

          By the way, both actors were so talented that if the series had to be made with Rock Hudson, for example, it wouldn't have had the same success.

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          nightbear lm 6 years ago

          Oh my gosh I forgot about this show, I loved it. Great lens. Wonderful memories. Even though it isn't quite my neighborhood of film stars, it's close enough. this lens is blessed.

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          Addy Bell 6 years ago

          I probably won't watch the show, because ... well... let's just say that Roger Moore is my least favorite Bond.

          But I find myself wanting a three piece suit like the Pan's People troupe had :)

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