Theme From "The Persuaders" _________________________________________________________________________________
Performed byJohn Barryand reaching number 13 in the UK charts _________________________________________________________________________________
Original broadcast date20/01/1972Duration of dance - 2.14 mins _________________________________________________________________________________
Dancers: Andrea, Babs, Dee Dee, Flick, Louise, Ruth _________________________________________________________________________________
A link to the dance:
John Barry Prendergast, better known simply as John Barry, was an English composer and conductor of film music, who sadly passed away four years ago. He is famous for composing 11 James Bond soundtracks between 1963 and 1987, but he has also hit the UK singles chart on various occasions, starting in 1960 with "Hit And Miss" (as The John Barry Seven) which peaked at #10, a position he was unable to better with any of his subsequent releases.
The Barry record that spent the most weeks in the charts though, 15 in all, first hit the airwaves in 1971 as the theme for "The Persuaders!", an action series starring Tony Curtis and Roger Moore as Danny Wilde and Lord Brett Sinclair. The series became immensely popular in Germany under the title "Die Zwei" (The Two), due to the hilarious dialogues which often differed substantially from the original, and still enjoys cult status.
For a showing on Top of the Pops, a special promo film was shot featuring Pan's People driving a big Rolls Royce, smoking cigars (those were the days!), and visiting a casino (maybe someone can tell us the name and location of the casino?). Now, don't Pan's People look super cool with their large white hats and their glasses! Moreover we are treated with a great deal of close-ups and a good portion of humour. And even though the promo lacks any actual dancing, there are still a lot of typical Pan's moves to be discovered.
I wasn't quite sure whether I should allow ratings for this promo, mainly because it is not a dance routine by any stretch. But in the end I decided to give it the green light, as it might fare quite well among the OFTD community. There is no way I could award a '10' to a performance without any dancing, yet there is a lot I like about this clip: the music, the clothing, the humour, indeed the whole atmosphere. Who wouldn't want to go out with these ultra cool super chicks? So I'm not going to be scrooge-like:
9.5 / 10
Player of the day has to be that lady Ruth who just looks the part here.
A great theme, from a great composer for a wonderfully fun yet glossy early 70s series... The Persuaders was a brilliant TV show and one of the most expensive ever at the time of production. The first half a dozen episodes shot in 1970 utilised real sunny locations like Nice, Monaco & Rome before things settled down to British locations with gloomy weather and wet London scenes. By the time the series was shown with the theme entering the charts, it was some 18 months later.
Unfortunately, it wasn't to be a sunny travelogue style location with the girls frolicking around on a beach somewhere, with the usual lack of budget and I expect time, something more restrained was served up. Nevertheless, it's a nice change of pace for a non-studio bound visual and the mere fact it is on film meant there was a better chance of it escaping the junkings.
Someone, possibly Flick herself, made the connection between the money and indeed casinos occasionally seen in the series, so decked out in Chicago style mob suits they make their way to a gambling joint. Louise finds herself behind the wheel of a white convertible Rolls Royce transporting the other girls as they have a relaxing smoke!
As with some of the filmed routines, it's less of a dance, more a collection of poses and looks to camera but that in itself makes a refreshing change from the norm. There's some great shots and as usual no one is taking things too seriously, so in fact the end result fits the theme to the iconic TV series rather well. Yes, I suppose they could have been at a casino in rather more attractive flowing gowns, but as it is the pin striped suits and large sunglasses really changed the look of the troupe here and that was probably the aim. Interesting, if not spectacular... 7.5 Ruth DotD for looking the coolest.
Flick deals an interesting hand with this change of style, and the girls certainly play it cool, so a 7.5 for the routine. And for piloting the white roller with aplomb Louise is my Dotd. As for the setting I'm afraid it rings no bells... its certainly not the casino in Les Sables d'Olonne.
Edit: Perhaps I'd just had a win at the tables but on reflection, when considered against LOAMT and RA a 7.5 for this seems very generous so, if such be within the house rules I'd like to roll this back to a 5.5.
I like these cool gangsterette card-sharks in their shades and driving a Roller is also enough to get my vote for the lovely Louise as DotD. Were electric windows revolutionary in the early 1970s I wonder? This is a very watchable little piece of Theatre and I will award 8/10 for the entertainment. As for IDing the Casino that is way beyond me; I came away from Las Vegas having bet a total of 10 dollars and I still had 20 cents when I left 30 minutes later. I vaguely recall the original series but I guess the Cockney translation wasn't as funny as the German
Some Dancers who gave a good time, broke all the rules, played all the fools, yeah yeah yeah they blew our minds
Excellent clip. Yeah theres no dancing, but so what, we do have is the classic Pans line-up looking their coolest and i never tire watching this. I fully understand how our host is reluctant to award it a maximum ten as it is bereft of dancing. So i will follow suit as him and award it`9.5 out of 10`, even though i toyed with the thought of a max.
This video, perfectly illustrates the 'girl power' phenomenon, as it would've been seen, when the Spice Girls were in their pomp, during the time when we just had 'women's lib', & rather appropriately these scenes wouldn't have been out of place within The Two Ronnies sketch When The Worm Turned, portraying what life would be like if women completely took over the world, completely dominating everywhere, given the fact that Pan's were already a regular fixture n TTRs, as well as TOTPs.
I like how from a distance that they look like a common or garden group of male gangsters, but upon a closer look, they're female, & have considerable beauty, & yet, you just know that these girls really shouldn't be messed about with, otherwise, you're the one who'll come of second best.
A prime vintage of a dark and mysterious theme. I don't remember the series but if this Prisoneresque video is representative I'm open to persuasion. It's all there: the shadowy forces of power, android-like coldness and uniformity, walking choreography, London. Even an underground car-park! However, approaching it from the angle of enjoying Pan's is a weaker sphere of intrigue. As I'm not a great enthusiast of this era of the troupe the footage doesn't mean as much to me as it does to others. I dislike seeing them in masculine attire and nor do I like the Cote d'affluence hats and shades. Worst of all is the cigar-chomping. I guess I need aesthetics with my comedy routines. I do like the single spin at the end though - a wink to remind us they're still our dancers.
For dealing us a glimmer of a smile I'm not arguing with the boss: DOTD Flick. 5.5/10
A sinister mob of suited dames drive across town whereupon they hjiack a local casino for their own i'll gotten gains, oh hold on its just Flicks elaborate 'routine' for 'Theme From Persuaders', phew. There are some great sequences in this oh too short piece, the suited look is excellent and Pans are playing it cool throughout. The driving shots/smoking is a bit pointless but set the scene i suppose, however the casino sequence itself is fantastic, with those chip placings perfectly in time to the beat, the robotic nature of the head moves as they face each other in sequence, that fab close up of Andi and finally the (very un gangster like) little twirl supplied at the end.
Not a maximum as only the second half has much merit, but highly enjoyable all the same, 8.5/10 DOTD Andi
Just like with The Persuaders TV show we are required to buy into the rich jet-set kind of life-style.Here Pans look like a group of rich sophisticated high-rollers out on the town.There's not much to it but i still enjoy it - and the music's great too.7/10
Well what a curious piece this is - A Pans routine with no dancing although there are some well choreographed moments.
I have never seen The Persuaders so I don't know if this at all reflects the TV series but the music is quite nice. I know they are only doing it as part of their characters, but if this was made nowadays there is no way that they would be allowed to be seen smoking.
The girls look stylish and yet you know they are not to be messed with. I quite like the car as well!
I will score it 7.5 out of 10 but I will abstain from giving a dancer of the day as I really can't single anyone out.
I am not a big fan of this routine. The reason is there is no real actual dancing although it is very well put together its not very dancerly. The choice of material l that Pans People have been given of course does not help and the lack of time. Nothing really happens in this routine exert they are in the car,then they walk in the casino, back in the car ect
I do like the way they are dressed in suits and big hats that looks good.