READ AND DESTROY
"I'm here to see your incestral home"
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Spies to the left of them, spies to the right of them - Danny and Brett are up to their ears in espionage when an international spy plans to publish his memoirs.
Felix Meadowes (JOSS ACKLAND) is very much of a wanted man after an audacious double-cross following a spy-exchange across the East-west German border when, instead of being grateful for his release, he makes a run for it and disappears.
The man he turns to for sanctuary is his old school-friend Lord Brett Sinclair (ROGER MOORE). Felix says he is having woman trouble and needs help, so Brett sends him to his stately home in Berkshire, where he is looked after by the old family retainer Chivers (GEORGE MERRITT).
Meanwhile, Danny Wilde (TONY CURTIS) is persuaded, much against his will, to co-operate with Pfeiffer (ELLIOT SULLIVAN), of the C.I.A., in the search for Felix. Pfeiffer explains that Felix has spied for the Americans, the English, the Germans, the French and probably the Russians over the past ten years, and has now written his memoirs which explode espionage secrets sky high. They could "blow" every agent of every power in NATO, SEATO, ANZUS and a few others.
Pfeiffer believes that Felix is interested in selling to the highest bidder and he wants to be sure that Uncle Sam gets those memoirs. He is drafting Danny because of his friendship with Brett Sinclair, and he knows that Brett is involved.
The idea of getting mixed up in such a dangerous game doesn't appeal to Danny; but the idea of working against Brett does!
Brett is, in fact, very involved because of his known former friendship with Felix. He is approached by Sir Charles (WILLIAM MERVYN) of the Foreign Office and Cavendish (NIGEL GREEN) of the Civil Service, who appeals to his patriotism to get the memoirs for Queen and Country.
Felix is wanted by others as well. Ivanov (HARVEY HALL) represents the Russians; Dieter Schultz (CARL BOHUN) is German; and there are two glamorous girls, Heidi (KATE O'MARA) and Ingrid (MAGDA KONOPKA), who represent themselves. Like a sailor with a wife in every port, Felix has married both of them; so, convinced that their mutual husband's hopes of survival are very remote, they have decided that if he wanted two wives, then he should make provision for two widows. They know, if they can find him, where Felix is hiding the memoirs and they are prepared to sell to the highest bidder.
Danny and Brett are caught up in the cross-fire of the opposing factions, with murder attempts, moves and counter-moves, jealous wives and the man Felix himself has negotiated with to publish the memoirs in Switzerland.
It's all very hair-raising. Literally, as they discover when they learn that the memoirs are on micro-film hidden in Felix's toupee! The fact that the old family retainer, Chivers, is a former burglar helps them in the end, just as they have learned to their dismay that the Civil Servant, Cavendish, has other than patriotic motives in trying to obtain the memoirs.
Danny and Brett have a lot to stomach...
DEVISED AND PRODUCED BY ROBERT S. BAKER
"The Persuaders!" theme by JOHN BARRY
In charge of Production - JOHNNY GOODMAN
Lord Sinclair's clothes designed by Roger Moore.
Assistant Director - PETER PRICE
Sound Recordist - CLAUDE HITCHCOCK
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