Between heroic spells as the Saint and James Bond, Roger Moore was teamed with Tony Curtis in The Persuaders
, a derivative but fun series about a couple of millionaire dilettante adventurers who swan around the world competing for the attention of beautiful women and getting involved in perplexing mysteries. Moore is Lord Brett Sinclair, an upper crust Brit of impeccable breeding, while Curtis is Danny Wilde, an up-from-the-streets self-made man whose trademark is a pair of brown gloves. The allegedly tasteful Brett and the crasser Danny both model a succession of garish early 70s fashions while their pursuits of duplicitous crumpet usually wind up with the women getting away and the heroes stuck with each other. Given all that, this may well be the most blatantly homoerotic of all the buddy television pairings (see the eponymous stars of Starsky and Hutch
, Regan and Carter in The Sweeney
, Bodie and Doyle of The Professionals
) that ran ove! r the screen in the 70s, in which the male leads sublimated their feelings for each other by pulling out their guns and shooting at baddies. --Kim Newman
Four more escapades for playboy crime-fighters Danny Wilde (Tony Curtis) and Lord Brett Sinclair (Roger Moore). In 'Powerswitch', Danny and Brett investigate the murder of a beautiful girl whose body is found floating in the Cote d'Azure. 'The Time and Place' (directed by Moore) sees the duo's attempts to help a pretty young woman, whose car has broken down, backfiring when the woman disappears without a trace and the body of a dead man is found nearby. In 'Someone Like Me', Danny encounters someone who is masquerading as Brett. Finally 'Anyone Can Play' sees Danny playing the roulette tables in Brighton as a result of being mistaken for a communist paymaster.