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The Persuaders!
Wednesday 27th January 2021 6:05 pm

This is all [info]liadtbunny's fault. A small mention in a post sort of comparing it to The Avengers and the next thing I know I've watched all the episodes (at one a day - there's only 24) and have bought the DVD.

It did seem like The Avengers at the beginning with the Judge in a wheelchair giving them a mission. But he gets up out of the wheelchair and isn't in that many episodes (which is a shame, I'd have loved to have seen more of him being all manipulative). But it's more ridiculous than The Avengers (this is not a complaint). Wikipedia describes it as action comedy, which explains why one of the fight scenes is basically slapstick. In the same way The Avengers aren't avenging anyone, The Persuaders aren't really doing any persuading.

It's all about two rich men, played by Roger Moore (pre-Bond) and Tony Curtis. After being brought together by the Judge they investigate criminals and megalomaniacs, sometimes by assignment, often by accident. Also they become best friends who always have a go at each other. And there are fist fights and car chases. The plotters generally make everything far too complicated, so it's not a surprise they get caught. It's good to watch when you don't have too much of a brain and a good idea not to try and think it all through logically.

And this is the early 1970s, so all the car scenes have a background that is clearly not there. And sometimes clearly not right. And on one occasion managed to make the car almost disappear. It's endearingly old-school.

There's an episode with fencing in it, albeit sabre. But they were (more or less) properly fencing (followed later on by a combination of fencing and fist fighting). I felt a bit sorry for Tony Curtis after it because he was so sweaty afterwards - he had been properly kitted up and wearing a thick jumper. He must have been roasting.

Also guest stars all sorts of people who were around in that era. I was excited to spot Inspector Wexford. Richard Vernon made me reach for IMDB because I couldn't place him. I was thinking Yes, Minister, but when I scrolled through his filmography I managed to completely miss his entry for Yes, Prime Minister and Yes, Minister, and spot right below the Yes, Minister entry, that he was Slartibartfast in Hitchhiker's. It was days later when I realised he was Sir Desmond.

So, I enjoyed it. It was fun.


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