50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on 28 April 2004
In the early seventies I was allowed to stay up late on friday nights towatch this series and I loved it. I remember being intrigued by the photoalbum style opening credits and the theme tune (composed by 007's JohnBarry) was one I never forgot. Encouraged by such rich memories I decidedto splash out on this complete collection in the hope that the adventuresof Lord Brett Sinclair and Danny Wilde would still prove to beentertaining and I'm pleased to say I was not to bedisappointed.
Housed in a nicely gaudy case these DVDs hark back to anera when television could still be happily entertaining without attemptingto explore the pressing social issues of the time. Of course the passageof time has left its mark, but that's all part of the fun. The costumes,the attitudes, the conveyor belt of British character acting talent andthe never quite believable plots merge together to provide fifty minuteslices of pure televisual escapism. Roger Moore and Tony Curtis play theirparts perfectly, ably assisted on occasion by their mentor the Judge,played by the excellent Laurence Naismith. Apparently further series wereplanned but underperformance in the American ratings proved to be theundoing of the idea and it was quickly dropped. Regretable in a way, butit saved the series from becoming tired and repetetive and leaves it withthe status of a cult classic. It's true to say that they don't make 'emlike this any more....
59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
It's all here – everything you ever wanted to remember about the seventies but were afraid to look back at. The full collection of 24 wisecracking, Ferrari powered, Martini-sipping, dolly-squeezing episodes is a gallop down memory lane for people of a certain age, and a jaw-dropping peephole back in time for a younger generation. Memories are made of this.
Seventies style is the great – even historical – charm of this series. Fast cars, millionaires, casinos … a rollicking, over-the-top, sunshine Riviera lifestyle which offered a welcome relief from the tungsten-lit, meat-paste-sandwich existence endured by most of the TV audience of the day. In a 1971 Britain where the highlight of the year was being converted to natural gas, 'The Persuaders' larged it and with glitzy comic panache.
Tony Curtis and Roger Moore are perfectly matched in this tongue-in-cheek antique, bouncing ad-lib and repartee off each other like a seasoned double act, pistol in one hand, champagne glass in the other. The seeds of Moore's forthcoming Bond interpretation were clearly sown here.
Episode One introduces us to millionaire playboys Danny Wilde (Curtis) and Lord Brett Sinclair (Moore), who are thrust comically together by the machinations of former Judge Fulton, now in luxury retirement in the south of France. They take up the Judge's challenge, to bring to justice some of those who have escaped his judicial net in the past and subsequently Wilde and Sinclair joke, drink, flirt and punch their way through the series, always getting their man and surrounding themselves with tasty totty into the bargain.
Yes, the sets look cheap, the hair-do's are lacquered to withstand nuclear attack and Brett Sinclair's wardrobe (designed by Roger Moore) defies description, but for a taste of excitement from the tiny niche of a pre-decimal, post-sixties world, it doesn't get better than this. This is a world where men are men and women are willing; where the hotel manager always knows your name and your usual suite is reserved; where the headwaiter shows you to the best table and the prettiest girl at the poolside falls instantly for your chat up line. And having dispensed with the baddies, straightened your tie and finished your cocktail, you screech off into the St Tropez sunset in your Aston Martin, with a mini-skirted leggy blonde.
Curtis and Moore had a ball when they made 'The Persuaders' and it shows. The humour, enjoyment and warmth they bring to their performances are clearly genuine and they stroll effortlessly through each episode, inviting the viewer to sit back and enjoy their exaggerated antics.
So, get the Space Hopper down from the attic, shake the moths out of the tank-top, fluff up the sideburns, and settle down for a nostalgia-fest of epic proportions. Sheer bliss.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2004
Moore and Curtis were never going to be a likely pairing, but this series works really well. These two playboys run around Europe, setting the world to rights, rescuing maidens in distress, and driving Ferraris and Aston Martins. This offers a fascinating glimpse into the pre package holiday South of France, and other, then exotic, locations. The Persuaders was never played seriously, this is very close to Moore's Bond and Saint, but it is pretty entertaining.
The only disappointment is the quality of the extras which are rather insignificant, and a slightly imperfect transfer to DVD. I therefore rate this as 4 stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 July 2009
I love this series more this time round that I did back in the 70's. Tony Curtis and Roger Moore really gel together and I love the story lines, the glitz, glamour and humour. They should have made alot more that's for sure.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 August 2013
VERY GOOD FOR VALUE.BRINGS BACK OLD MEMORIES,WITH THE RUBBISH THATS ON TV,GOOD TO WATCH CURTIS & MOORE IN ACTION 10/10