By Champagne Meadow
Well one can't imagine an equivalent TV event these days. Roger Moore,
fresh from his international success as 'The Saint' and Tony Curtis (still
a big Hollywood star) shared top billing in this comedy/action/adventure
series. Wittily written, but ultimately funny because of it's stars'
on-screen chemistry, it ran for one series of 24 episodes.
Following the adventures of two millionaire playboys - one English Lord
Brett Sinclair (Moore) and an American Wall Street self-made man , Danny
Wilde (Curtis), who are recruited by a judge (Laurence Nesmith) to get
involved in cases where the law cannot get directly involved, the series
followed their exploits across Europe and Britain. Great to see a lot of
early Super70s London locations.
As with Moore's previous series, a mixture of real on-location settings
and dodgy (though not for it's time) British film studio back-lots, and
many of the scripts and directors similarly connected to 'The Saint'.
There have long been rumors that Curtis proved to be an awkward
customer on set, but watching his on-screen performance is a joy - he puts
in an extraordinary amount of his own stunt-work and keeping a straight
face (sort of) throughout.
The fashions of course (Moore designed his own clothes) are classic
early Super70s, Curtis keep his leather gloves on at all times - echoes of
Steptoe there, and one could drool over the cars - Aston Martin for Moore,
Ferrari for Curtis.
A number of famous or pre-famous supporting actors are on hand
throughout the series, including Moore's future on-screen boss, Bernard
Lee ('M') and believe it or not, Lionel Blair and Peter Sallis (Voice of
'Wallace' in 'Wallace and Gromit' and Clegg from 'Last of the Summer
Best of all, Moore and Curtis get into drag for an episode 'A Death in
the Family' which is like a Super70s version of 'Kind Hearts and
Shame there was only one series, but Moore was soon
to take on the role of Bond and shoot into superstardom for the next
Thankfully, the entire 24 episode series is now available on DVD: Set
2. Roger Moore fans may also be pleased to learn that the entire
The Saint series is also now available.