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:
Curtis died at his Las Vegas (Henderson, Nevada) home on September 29, 2010, of an apparent cardiac arrest
In a release to the Associated Press,
his daughter, actress Jamie Lee Curtis, stated:
"My father leaves behind a legacy of great performances in movies and in his paintings and assemblages. He leaves behind children and their families who loved him and respected him and a wife and in-laws who were devoted to him. He also leaves behind fans all over the world. He will be greatly missed.."
T H E L O N G G O O D B Y E !!
The Persuaders : Roger Moore & Tony Curtis late 60's
Music By John Barry
The Persuaders Theme