Actor Tony Curtis, who died yesterday at the age of 85, was Hollywood royalty when he co-starred with future 007 Roger Moore in the UK adventure series The Persuaders, which ran one season from 1971 to 1972. Curtis was the upstart Yankee Danny Wilde, Moore was the fussy Brit Lord Brett Sinclair, and together they were suave, middle-aged "international playboys" who flashed cash, bedded beautiful babes, and, yes, solved mysteries.
While the show fared OK with British TV viewers, it was not a U.S. success, but it has become a cult classic of early '70s cool.
Here are the show's very colorful opening titles, which, without any voiceover, fills you in on the men's entire backstories in split screen:
Here's a clip from the first episode in which Curtis' Danny and Moore's Lord Sinclair meet each other. Polite barbs are exchanged, fists make intimate contact with faces, and faster than you can say voilà, a French hotel bar gets demolished:
Here's a short clip from the 2006 documentary, The Morning After: Remembering the Persuaders, with Moore and Curtis talking a bit about the show:
Did you watch The Persuaders? What are your favorite Tony Curtis memories?