Top light-hearted action series relying on witty interaction between the 2 lead characters and with both exotic locations and funky clothing, the vibe is like the Oceans' movies. Even though it was a seventies show, it still stands up to viewing today.
It was a seventies show of two rich playboys, Brett and Danny (Moore and Curtis), who are so rich they're bored, until one day they get into a little legal trouble and their judge effectively 'blackmails' them into helping him out against some bad guys. What do you know, despite their laissez faire attitude the two find they are actually effective and enjoy the excitement of doing something to defeat real bad guys. And so they continue on in their extra-curricular law enforcement roles, sometimes under the direction of the judge but more often because the two of them seem to be a magnet for trouble. Brett's effortless British upper-class style compliments the rough and readiness of the self-made American millionaire, with the chemistry between the two as well as their wit and their competitive spirit, keeps the show bubbling along happily. The plots are pretty standard for that era, usually blackmail, kidnappings, thefts, mysterious murders - but it's how the two handle them without barely a smudge on their Dino Ferraris that make the show worth watching. I've heard rumours there was a plan to 'reinvent' the show for a modern audience, but I just don't know. The show fits the seventies perfectly - and redoing it retro seems a waste, and redoing it for modern times seems to take the fun flavour from it. Besides, I just can't think of two actors who could play the parts with such flair, frivolity and still make it worth watching. I've said it has a vibe like the Ocean's movies, and I think shows like this are a precursor to such movies/shows with combined humour and action. Well worth revisiting - even now I get the dvds out and rewatch when I need a good night in. It's aged well. It's still fun.
What a kind of glamour! What a wonderful casting! Roger Moore and Tony Curtis as Brett Sinclair and Danny Wilde, two different "types" of tycoons playing risky games against professional killers, racketeers or the italian maffia. You will enjoy marvellous landscapes of France, Italy or Spain; fantastic cars and the most beautiful ladies of the early seventies.
Take a look at the Curtis and Moore´s fashion touch.
Twenty four episodes of hi class life and adventures. Extremely magic couple. Why did they make only twenty four episodes? It is a good question but I dont have any answer.
When I first heard about the show from a website talking about Roger Moore, I was intrigued. Tony Curtis and Roger Moore in an action adventure comedy? Well, thanks to a friend I eventually watched the series (which unfortunately is one season long). I was very impressed, Curtis and Moore make an unlikely but very hilarious duo. Moore who I guess most people still related to his Saint or Bond characters got to see a more easy going, comedic side. Curtis' Danny Wilde with his wit & improvisation complemented Moore's Lord Sinclair and gave it a North American feel even though the show took place in Western Europe. Several stand out episodes like "The Old, The New & The Deadly" & "The Man in The Middle" demonstrated the laid back, jocular, don't take yourself too seriously mood of the show. A very charming show and one I wish lasted longer but Roger Moore had bigger fish to fry like playing some unknown spy character named "James Bond".
OK, imagine this: a wise cracking American with quick fists drives around in a big red Ferrari and solves crimes, mysteries, and injustices. Not only that, he engages in constant banter with a well educated, snobbish English aristocrat. And we're introduced to both in the semi tropical climes of the French Riviera. Sound like anybody you might know, Thomas Magnum?
Of course, the Persuaders is much more than that--as is the excellent Magnum PI. But both series have much, much in common. And with The Persuaders you also have the benefit of Roger Moore transplanting a great deal of the persona he established in The Saint to a fresh new environment--even if many of the sets and locations were taken straight from The Saint.