It’s always fun to “discover” another star car show for me, and while youtubing I saw a video of Roger Moore being “reunited” with a yellow Aston Martin. That lead to several hours of “finding” the 1970’s series called many things, but it was mainly known as “The Persuaders”. If you just want a look at the two signature cars, just watch the top video.
Here are the facts ala Wikipedia: It starred Tony Curtis as Danny Wilde, and Roger Moore as Brett Rupert George Robert Andrew Sinclair, 15th Earl of Marnock, referred to through most of the series by his courtesy title of Lord Brett Sinclair, two international playboys. Sinclair is an English aristocrat who attended Harrow and Oxford before serving as an officer in a Guards regiment and then becoming a Grand Prix driver and race horse owner. Wilde is an American who grew up in poverty in the Bronx before serving as an ordinary seaman in the US navy and then making (and losing) several fortunes on Wall Street, at least one of them in the oil industry. Both are jet-setting, London-based multi-millionaires at the time of the series.
Much of the humour of the show derived from playful observations about the differences between British and American customs. The show ended after one season, in consequence of failing to make an impact on US TV, thereby releasing Roger Moore to star in the popular Bond films.
The cars (and the reason the show caught my attention!)
The protagonists drive signature cars: Danny Wilde drives a Red left-hand-drive Ferrari Dino 246 GT, Brett Sinclair drives a UK-registered Bahama Yellow right-hand-drive Aston Martin DBS with V8 wheels and markings. As with Simon Templar (Roger Moore’s character from The Saint television series), Lord Brett Sinclair’s car has personalised number plates of his initials; Templar’s were “ST 1”, Sinclair’s are “BS 1” (Except for one scene in the episode “The Gold Napoleon” where the car had its original UK registration number PPP 6H instead). In fact, the true owner of the plates at the time, Billy Smart, Jr permitted their fictional use. The Aston Martin from the show was sold by the factory after filming ended, via HR Owen in London, to its first private owner. It was restored to a very high standard in recent years by the Aston Martin factory and is still in private ownership in the UK. Danny Wilde’s car bears Italian registration plates, 221400.MO (the ‘MO’ component represents the city of Modena, which happens to be the headquarters and manufacturing base of Ferrari). The exact whereabouts of the Dino today is unknown but it is reliably believed to be alive and well in Italy with a private owner.
Here’s the video of the reunion of the Yellow Aston Martin and Sir Roger Moore. Fan boys are the same around the world, putting together events to relive their favorite shows!
This clip I added just because of the fun and jousting in several languages Curtis and Moore are having with trying to
perform and promote their show while struggling with French, Italian, German etc. Even a funny out take where Roger Moore shows his English stripes when it comes to Germans! Take a look!
This scene is the classic “American roughing it” vs the “British with class” bit.
The series creator wanted to sell the show in the United States, and to try and help that sale, he wanted an American star.
Even though it’s a fun concept and did very well in Europe – the Persuaders went head to head with “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE” and only lasted one season. As all TV from this period watching it seems like everything is moving at half speed but there is a fun chemistry between the two stars. Below is a fun fight scene that gives you a taste of the show. Enjoy!