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THE PERSUADERS

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Full Name: Brett Sinclair and Danny Wilde
Series Name: The Persuaders
Nationality: American,British
Organization: None
Occupation Freelance Agent

Creator: Robert S. Baker
Time Span: 1971 - 1974

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Brett Sinclair and Danny Wilde are the Persuaders.
       That is a term they never (as far as I can tell) ever used or would have and it is a bit hard to understand who they are supposed to, by the title, persuade, or why.
       What they do is get involved in cases that look outside the realm of normal police-work and which interests them. Or one into which they accidentally stumble and then have a great deal of fun getting out of.
       Fun is the key with these two gentlemen. They both enjoy tremendously doing what they are doing and for the first time in apparently quite a while, each has something to put his mind to. Each was, in his own way, getting more than a tad bored with life in general.
       Danny Wilde is an American born and raised in a New York slum. To get out of the neighborhood before a life of crime claimed him one way or another, Wilde enlisted in the U.S. Navy. That got him a chance to see the world and that in turn put him in position to take a gamble or three in the oil business. He would make, or lose, several fortunes over the next few years.
       Sinclair is, officially, Lord Brett Rupert George Robert Andrew Sinclair. He is a product of the best upbringing British nobility will provide, including stints at Harrow and at Oxford before serving for a while as an officer in the British Army. After his service was completed and having no real need for a normal job, he began seeking thrills in a variety of activities, especially race car driving.
       When we first meet them, they did not know each other and when they did meet, it was on opposite sides in a bar brawl. Destroying the establishment in their melee, they were both arrested. To their dismay, the local retired Judge saw in them a pair of gents who could help him right some wrongs. He offered them 90 days in jail or a chance to put their energies to good use. Reluctantly, they agreed.
       Some of the adventures they will embark on are at the behest of the Judge. Some just pop up without warning. All give these two fellows a chance to do good, serve justice, and have fun.

BOOKS

Number of Books:3
First Appearance:1971
Last Appearance:1974

1 The Persuaders #1 The Persuaders #1
Written by Frederick E. Smith
Copyright: 1971

Novelette-length adaptations of two episodes from the television series:
Overture
and
Angie ... Angie

2 The Persuaders #2 The Persuaders #2
aka The Persuaders ... Again!
Written by Frederick E. Smith
Copyright: 1972

Novelette-length adaptations of two episodes from the television series:
Five Miles To Midnight
and
Someone Like Me

3 The Persuaders #3 The Persuaders #3
aka The Persuaders At Large
Written by Frederick E. Smith
Copyright: 1974

Novelette-length adaptations of three episodes from the television series:
The Gold Napoleon
and
Greensleaves
and
The Old, The New and The Deadly

NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:8
First Appearance:1971
Last Appearance:1974

1 Overture Overture
Written by Frederick E. Smith (novelization), Brian Clemens (screenplay)
Copyright: 1971

Novelization of the TV episode of the same name. Judge Felton offer a reprieve for Danny Wilde and Brett Sinclair if they will look into the disappearance of an underworld crime boss. One of the two stories collected in The Persuaders #1.

2 Angie, Angie Angie, Angie
Written by Frederick E. Smith (novelization), Milton S. Gelman (screenplay)
Copyright: 1971

Novelization of the TV episode of the same name. Angie is an old childhood pal of Danny Wilde who is on the French Riviera with a scheme to pick up retirement funds, an idea that looks to get Wilde quite dead. One of the two stories collected in The Persuaders #1.

3 Five Miles To Midnight Five Miles To Midnight
Written by Frederick E. Smith (novelization), Terry Nation (screenplay)
Copyright: 1972

Novelization of the TV episode of the same name. A Mafia hitman who is turning state's evidence needs to be smuggled out of the country so Judge Fulton gets Danny Wilde and Brett Sinclair to help. Things are greatly complicated when a beautiful photographer gets wind of the plan. One of the two stories collected in The Persuaders #2.

4 Someone Like Me Someone Like Me
Written by Frederick E. Smith (novelization), Terry Nation (screenplay)
Copyright: 1972

Novelization of the TV episode of the same name. Brett Sinclair is kidnapped and taken to a private clinic where someone is planning on turning another person to look just like him.. One of the two stories collected in The Persuaders #2.

5 Lancers Advance Lancers Advance
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1973

Published in TV Action Holiday Special 1973 - [plot unknown]

6 The Gold Napoleon The Gold Napoleon
Written by Frederick E. Smith (novelization), Val Guest (screenplay)
Copyright: 1974

Novelization of the TV episode of the same name. Danny Wilde is chatting with a young blonde artist when she is shot and injured. The police think it was Wilde who was the intended target but he and Brett Sinclair think otherwise. One of the three stories collected in The Persuaders #3.

7 Greensleaves Greensleaves
Written by Frederick E. Smith (novelization), Terence Feely (screenplay)
Copyright: 1974

Novelization of the TV episode of the same name. A crazy plot by possible MI-5 agents has an old manor owned by Brett Sinclair restored and used in a con against an African leader, a friend of Sinclair. Needing someone to play the rightful owner, they look for an actor who could do the job and hire Sinclair - to pretend to be himself.. One of the three stories collected in The Persuaders #3.

8 The Old, The New, And The Deadly The Old, The New, And The Deadly
Written by Frederick E. Smith (novelization), Brian Clemens (screenplay)
Copyright: 1974

Novelization of the TV episode of the same name. Danny Wilde is being mistaken for a blackmailer, one who is being hunted by very nasty French count and the daughter of a politician. Both would like to see him dead. One of the three stories collected in The Persuaders #3.

MOVIES

Number of Movies:14
First Appearance:1974
Last Appearance:1974

1 London Conspiracy London Conspiracy
Directors: James Hill, David Greene
Writers: Terry Nation, Terence Feeley
Actors: Tony Curtis as Danny Wilde, Roger Moore as Brett Sinclair
Released: 1974

Two episodes, Greensleaves and A Home Of One's Own, stitched into one and released as a movie.

2 Sporting Chance Sporting Chance
Directors: Peter Medak, Val Guest
Writers: Harry W. Junkin, Milton S. Gelman
Actors: Tony Curtis as Danny Wilde, Roger Moore as Brett Sinclair
Released: 1974

Two episodes, Someone Waiting and Anyone Can Play, stitched into one and released as a movie.

3 Mission: Monte Carlo Mission: Monte Carlo
Directors: Basil Dearden, Roy Ward Baker
Writers: John Kruse, Val Guest
Actors: Roger Moore as Brett Sinclair, Tony Curtis as Danny Wilde
Released: 1974

Two episodes, Powerswitch and The Gold Napoleon, stitched into one and released as a movie.

4 The Switch The Switch
Directors: Roy Ward Baker, Basil Dearden
Writers: Val Guest, John Kruse
Actors: Roger Moore as Brett Sinclair, Tony Curtis as Danny Wilde
Released: 1974

Two episodes, The Ozerov Inheritance and Angie, Angie, stitched into one and released as a movie.

TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:24
First Appearance:1971
Last Appearance:1972
Network:ITV

REGULAR CAST
Roger MooreBrett Sinclair [ 1 ]
Tony CurtisDanny Wilde [ 1 ]
Laurence NaismithJudge Felton [ 1 ]
1 Overture
Episode 1-1, first aired 09/17/1971
Director: Basil Dearden
Writer: Brian Clemens

Judge Felton offer a reprieve for Danny Wilde and Brett Sinclair if they will look into the disappearance of an underworld crime boss.

2 The Gold Napoleon
Episode 1-2, first aired 09/24/1971
Director: Roy Ward Baker
Writer: Val Guest

Danny Wilde is chatting with a young blonde artist when she is shot and injured. The police think it was Wilde who was the intended target but he and Brett Sinclair think otherwise.

3 Take Seven
Episode 1-3, first aired 10/01/1971
Director: Sidney Hayes
Writer: Terry Nation

A long absent young man returns to his ancestral home to claim the title left him by his deceased father but his sister, in charge of things, refuses to believe he is who he claims. It falls on Brett Sinclair and Danny Wilde to sort things out, dodging bullets and surviving arson while do it.

4 Greensleaves
Episode 1-4, first aired 10/08/1971
Director: David Greene
Writer: Terence Feeley

A crazy plot by possible MI-5 agents has an old manor owned by Brett Sinclair restored and used in a con against an African leader, a friend of Sinclair. Needing someone to play the rightful owner, they look for an actor who could do the job and hire Sinclair - to pretend to be himself.

5 Powerswitch
Episode 1-5, first aired 10/15/1971
Director: Basil Dearden
Writer: John Kruse

A drowning under suspicious circumstances get Wilde and Sinclair involved in a case with go-go dancers and an old friend of Wilde.

6 The Time And The Place
Episode 1-6, first aired 10/22/1971
Director: Roger Moore
Writer: Terry Nation

When Danny Wilde finds the dead body of a political reporter, he reports it. When the authorities go to investigate, they find the man very much still alive.

7 Someone Like Me
Episode 1-7, first aired 10/29/1971
Director: Roy Ward Baker
Writer: Terry Nation

Brett Sinclair is kidnapped and taken to a private clinic where someone is planning on turning another person to look just like him.

8 Anyone Can Play
Episode 1-8, first aired 11/05/1971
Director: Leslie Norman
Writer: Tony Williamson

Believing he has found a perfect system at an English casino, Danny Wilde is having a blast until someone mistakes him for a person in need of killing.

9 The Old, The New, And The Deadly
Episode 1-9, first aired 11/12/1971
Director: Leslie Norman
Writer: Brian Clemens

Danny Wilde is being mistaken for a blackmailer, one who is being hunted by very nasty French count and the daughter of a politician. Both would like to see him dead.

10 Angie, Angie
Episode 1-10, first aired 11/19/1971
Director: Val Guest
Writer: Milton S. Gelman

Angie is an old childhood pal of Danny Wilde who is on the French Riviera with a scheme to pick up retirement funds, an idea that looks to get Wilde quite dead.

11 Chain Of Events
Episode 1-11, first aired 11/26/1971
Director: Peter Hunt
Writer: Terry Nation

When Danny Wilde finds himself chained to a briefcase by two MI-6 agents, he also discovers that Soviet agents want the case for themselves and him dead.

12 That's Me Over There
Episode 1-12, first aired 12/03/1971
Director: Leslie Norman
Writer: Brian Clemens

A friend of Brett Sinclair is murdered while digging up dirt on a crooked businessman. Sinclair is himself kidnapped and Danny Wilde must impersonate Sinclair to get info from an informant to help free his colleague.

13 The Long Goodbye
Episode 1-13, first aired 12/10/1971
Director: Roger Moore
Writer: Michael Pertwee

Judge Fulton has dispatched Brett Sinclair and Danny Wilde to Scotland where they find the wrecked plane of a British scientist and a valuable formula. They also find several beautiful young ladies claiming to be the dead man's daughter.

14 The Man In The Middle
Episode 1-14, first aired 12/17/1971
Director: Leslie Norman
Writer: Donald James

Judge Fulton tasks Brett Sinclair with finding a traitor in British Intelligence but that will land him and Danny Wilde in deep trouble with a lovely MI-5 agent.

15 Element Of Risk
Episode 1-15, first aired 12/24/1971
Director: Gerald Mayer
Writer: Tony Barwick

Danny Wilde is mistaken for a man planning a major gold heist and Brett Sinclair must find a way to rescue him.

16 A Home Of One's Own
Episode 1-16, first aired 12/31/1971
Director: James Hill
Writer: Terry Nation

Danny Wilde has just bought a lovely English country cottage but then he learns it has a very interesting secret.

17 Five Miles To Midnight
Episode 1-17, first aired 01/07/1972
Director: Val Guest
Writer: Terry Nation

A Mafia hitman who is turning state's evidence needs to be smuggled out of the country so Judge Fulton gets Danny Wilde and Brett Sinclair to help. Things are greatly complicated when a beautiful photographer gets wind of the plan.

18 Nuisance Value
Episode 1-18, first aired 01/14/1972
Director: Leslie Norman
Writers: David Rolfe, Tony Barwick

The spoiled daughter of a very rich man appears to have been kidnapped and Danny Wilde and Brett Sinclair, in the wrong place with the wrong people, appear to have done it.

19 The Morning After
Episode 1-19, first aired 01/21/1972
Director: Leslie Norman
Writer: Walter Black

Brett Sinclair awakens from a wild night out with a massive hangover ... and a new wife. Danny Wilde looks into what happened and finds himself involved with a Swedish diplomatic situation.

20 Read And Destroy
Episode 1-20, first aired 01/28/1972
Director: Roy Ward Baker
Writer: Peter Yeldham

Brett Sinclair's old friend, an ex-British spy, has trouble on two fronts: a new girl friend and the desire to write his memoirs.

21 A Death In The Family
Episode 1-21, first aired 02/04/1972
Director: Sydney Hayers
Writer: Terry Nation

Members of Brett Sinclair's noble extended family are being eliminated, one by one, and it looks like Sinclair is about to be next.

22 The Ozerov Inheritance
Episode 1-22, first aired 02/11/1972
Director: Roy Ward Baker
Writer: Harry W. Junkin

It is to Brett Sinclair and Danny Wilde that Grand Duchess Ozerov looks for help in saving her precious crown jewels. Doing so, they come across her lovely granddaughter who has a mind of her own.

23 To The Death, Baby
Episode 1-23, first aired 02/18/1972
Director: Basil Dearden
Writer: Donald James

Saving a beautiful heiress from the scheme of a con man is what Brett Sinclair and Danny Wilde have undertaken but they did not know there were others who also have their own plans

24 Someone Waiting
Episode 1-24, first aired 02/25/1972
Director: Peter Medak
Writer: Terry Nation

Brett Sinclair and Danny Wilde are looking for a young woman they believe to be in trouble when they get themselves involved in a strange case that finds Sinclair back to racing cars and someone out to sabotage the whole race.

COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Stories:1
First Appearance:1971
Last Appearance:1973

Test purposes only for right now.


1 'The Clinic In Feilstein' 'The Clinic In Feilstein'
Published by Polystyle Publications

Copyright: 10/16/1971

Published in serial form in Countdown #35-42 - Brett Sinclair has been kidnapped and carried away to a clinic in the Bavarian kingdom of Feilstein. It falls on Danny Wilde and Judge Fulton to figure out where and why and get him out.

2 The Pollution Man The Pollution Man
Published by Polystyle Publications

Copyright: 12/11/1971

Published in serial form in Countdown #43-49 - [plot unknown]

3 Traitor's Treasure Traitor's Treasure
Published by Polystyle Publications

Copyright: 01/29/1972

Published in serial form in Countdown #50-55 - [plot unknown]

4 A Touch Of The Sun A Touch Of The Sun
Published by Polystyle Publications

Copyright:

Published in serial form in Countdown #56 and continued in TV Action #57-65 - [plot unknown]

5 Revolution Roundup Revolution Roundup
Published by Polystyle Publications

Copyright: 05/20/1972

Published in serial form in TV Action #66-73 - [plot unknown]

6 The African Affair The African Affair
Published by Polystyle Publications

Copyright: 07/15/1972

Published in serial form in TV Action #74-81 - [plot unknown]

7 The Chopper Caper The Chopper Caper
Published by Polystyle Publications

Copyright: 09/09/1972

Published in serial form in TV Action #82-89 - [plot unknown]

8 The Terrors Of Toyland The Terrors Of Toyland
Published by Polystyle Publications

Copyright: 11/04/1972

Published in serial form in TV Action #90-95 - [plot unknown]

9 Traitor Trouble Traitor Trouble
Published by Polystyle Publications

Copyright: 12/16/1972

Published in serial form in TV Action #96-100 - [plot unknown]

10 Ghost Town Terror Ghost Town Terror
Published by Polystyle Publications

Copyright: 01/20/1973

Published in serial form in TV Action #101-105 - [plot unknown]

11 Ancient Traditions Ancient Traditions
Published by Polystyle Publications

Copyright: 02/24/1973

Published in TV Action #106 - [plot unknown]

12 Deadly Treasure Deadly Treasure
Published by Polystyle Publications

Copyright: 03/24/1973

Published in serial form in TV Action #110-114 - [plot unknown]

13 Brainwashed Brainwashed
Published by Polystyle Publications

Copyright: 04/28/1973

Published in TV Action #115 - [plot unknown]

14 The Village Of Revenge The Village Of Revenge
Published by Polystyle Publications

Copyright: 05/26/1973

Published in serial form in TV Action #119-123 - [plot unknown]

15 Who Is Sylvia? Who Is Sylvia?
Published by Polystyle Publications

Copyright: 06/30/1973

Published in TV Action #124 - [plot unknown]

16 Double Take Double Take
Published by Polystyle Publications

Copyright: 07/14/1973

Published in serial form in TV Action #126-130 - [plot unknown]

17 Music Menace Music Menace
Published by Polystyle Publications

Copyright: 08/25/1973

Published in TV Action #132 - [plot unknown]

18 The Big Shot The Big Shot
Published by Polystyle Publications

Copyright: 1973

Published in TV Action Annual 1974 - [plot unknown]

19 The Last Hostage The Last Hostage
Published by Polystyle Publications

Copyright: 1973

Published in TV Action Annual 1974 - [plot unknown]

MY COMMENTS

       I have not read any of the novelizations but I have read a couple of reviews that indicate the author did a darn good job capturing the fun that is the series. And, in my opinion, the series was a lot of fun to watch. I loved the freewheeling, smart-alec-y way that Tony Curtis invariably has. I loved Roger Moore as the Saint and say a lot of that fine character in his portrayal of Sinclair. Truth be told, I would have enjoyed anything either of these actors would have done.
       I mentioned the Saint because in addition to the same actor being in both, there is a definite Saint feel to the dramas of the Persuaders. Exotic locales. Interesting and varied bad guys. Lots of gorgeous women, some needing saving and some quite able to take care of themselves.
       This series is not really spy-fi but it is close enough, with international locales and intrigue and the occasional bumping up against spies that I just had to throw it in.
       Plus it had Tony Curtis and Roger Moore. 'Nuff said!

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