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THE PROTECTORS (1)

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Full Name: Harry Rule, Contessa Caroline di Contini, Paul Buchet
Series Name: The Protectors
Nationality: American, Italian, French
Organization: The Protectors
Occupation Agency

Creator: Gerry Anderson
Time Span: 1972 - 1974

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Harry Rule, Contessa Caroline di Contini, Paul Buchet are members of The Protectors.
       This organization is dedicated to helping people being victimized by powerful criminal elements. It is said to have agents in every major city in Europe. Who funds it and how it came to be created is never really disclosed.
       One of the lead agents, and possibly the man in charge, is Harry Rule. A largely stoic man with a considerable amount of experience, he has seen it all and fought most of it and has the scars to show for it. In his late 40s or early 50s, he can still handle his own fights but prefers to use his brain first. Rule is independently wealthy and does this work out of conviction, not for a pay check.
       Another person who is in no need of employment and who works routinely alongside Rule is the Contessa Caroline di Contini, the widow of an Italian aristocrat and the owner and operator of a private investigative agency in Italy. Her contacts come in handy all over the Continent and her ability to charm is as exceptional as her ability to fight if needed.
       The last person who makes up the three member of the trio whose adventures have been recorded is Paul Buchet, a man who is an expert with electronics and all sorts of gadgetry. Also very well off, likely from his own inventions, Buchet enjoys the challenges he routinely encounters working with Rule and di Contini.
       The cases that the three people find themselves facing run a wide gamut. Kidnapping, extortion, murder are common but so matters of international intrigue and they usually are mixed together, which makes it more challenging and more interesting to the Protectors.

BOOKS

Number of Books:1
First Appearance:1973
Last Appearance:1973

1 The Protectors The Protectors
Written by Robert Miall
Copyright: 1973

[plot unknown - might be a novelization]

NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

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

1 The Collector The Collector
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 12/1973

Published in TV Action Annual 1974 - 4 pages - Paul Buchet gloms onto evidence of the whereabouts of the Collector, a man that the Protectors have tried for several years to apprehend. Now it means breaking into his electrified fortification but they have determination on their side.

MOVIES

Number of Movies:1
First Appearance:1974
Last Appearance:1974

1 In Venice as in Rome, Milan, and Turin, a Spiral of Crime In Venice as in Rome, Milan, and Turin, a Spiral of Crime
Also known as aka A Venenzia come Roma-Milano-Torina, la spirale del crimine
Director: John Hough
Writers: Brian Clemens, John Kruse
Actors: Tony Anholt as Paul Buchet, Nyree Dawn Porter as Caroline di Contini, Robert Vaughn as Harry Rule
Released: 1974

Two or three episodes, likely Fighting Fund, Goodbye George, and Decoy, stitched into one and released as a movie.


TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:52
First Appearance:1972
Last Appearance:1974
Network:ITV

REGULAR CAST
Robert VaughnHarry Rule [ 1-2 ]
Nyree Dawn PorterCaroline di Contini [ 1-2 ]
Tony AnholtPaul Buchet [ 1-2 ]

       According to the "Official Gerry Anderson website", the talented and experienced producer duo Andersons were only partially the creators of this series. Lew Grade, the head of the British television network ITV, approached them with the broad stroke idea of putting together a show about a group of troubleshooters who go all over Europe fighting nasty criminals.
       Anderson then took this skeleton and put meat and skin on it and gave it a face and a voice. The Protectors was born.

       At the risk of repeating things said better elsewhere and likely getting it wrong, I commend anyone interested in knowing more to go to Wesley Britton's truly awesome site, specifically his page on this series.

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MY COMMENTS

       The television show was mildly fun to watch. I say mildly even though the two main stars were first-rate actors and they did darn good with what they had. I felt it was lukewarm to me because I never quite got a feel for what these folks did. I mean, of course they helped people but the concept of the group was epherial to me. Plus even my short attention span could have handled 60 minutes (well, 40+ with commercials) to build up the story a bit more.
       The graphic adventures are okay but again nothing noteworthy. That makes sense because of what they had to work with. Considering that, they were not bad.
       The one book was a novelization of a couple of episodes and did not add anything in my opinion.

GRADE

My Grade: B-

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