The Persuaders !
THE PERSUADERS !
Another retro thread from chrisno1...
We all love Roger Moore. Some of us love Tony Curtis. Moore had a brief Hollywood career in the late fifties at about the time Curtis was in his pomp. While Sir Roger had to make and mend with Diane and Romulus and the Sabines, Our Tone had the pick of Sweet Smell of Success, The Defiant Ones, Spartacus and Some Like It Hot. While Moore went on to great success on the small screen with The Saint, Curtis suffered diminishing returns in the sixties. The two locked horns in 1971 when Lord Lew Grade famously asked Sir Roger if he fancied making another ITC adventure series and, after floating the series premise, Moore said: "I'll do it if you can get Tony Curtis." That anecdote isn't mentioned on Wiki and may not be true, but I rather like it.
The Persuaders premise arose from an episode of The Saint called The Ex-King of Diamonds where Simon Templar is paired up with a raffish Texas oil man. The basic idea was to rehash the pairing and have them jetting all around Europe solving crimes and pulling birds. Very 1970s. Although they were provided with a nominal boss in Judge Fulton - our own Laurence Naismith - these two dapper gents pretty much went their own way and dealt the blows as hard and soft as the kisses.
I watched The Persuaders at some length a few years ago and these are my reviews, which I never posted here, but are available on the archive of the 'other site.'
The series is regularly repeated in the UK on the Great TV channel.
Please join me in recalling a classic series from the ITC storage cupboard of great classic series...