Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The Protectors

I loved The Protectors. It had one of the greatest opening AND closing title sequences ever, along with one of the best theme tunes.
Rough diamond hero with posh totty heroine? I mean, you can't go wrong, can you? Mind you, I never actually understood The Protectors. For starters, Tony Anholt ( the guy who isn't Robert Vaughn ) was always in the credits, but hardly ever in the actual show.
Plus, the stories never made any sense. But then, by all accounts they never made much sense to the cast either.
Regardless, it was great fun, and like a lot of TV at the time, it got it's own comic strip in the pages of TV Action. This piece looks like it was done by Axa / Supercats / Modesty Blaise's Enrique Romero,or maybe Jorge Galvez. Either way, it's great, even if little attempt is made to catch any of the cast's likenesses.

And here's Garth's Martin Asbury, with a b/w tonal piece, definitely going for likenesses, and equally great.


  1. " It had one of the greatest opening AND closing title sequences ever, along with one of the best theme tunes."

    Don't forget typography...using Futura (as I think it was) gave it a "The Future Is Now" look, which of course dated it instantly, but who cares?

  2. Turan, Emissary of the Fly World19 July 2017 at 08:18

    That closing title sequence always amazes me--not the titles, but the song. It is a quite astonishing thing, both for its performance (by a Tom Jones imitator, going for maximum intensity) and its lyrics, which pretend that the balderdash that we have just watched represent some sort of principled stand against corruption ("The low are living high/Every city's got'em/Can we ever stop'em?/Some of us are gonna try!").

    The episode that stays with me is the one in which the Protectors are hired* to rid Italy of the Mafia. This is done by Nyree Dawn Porter going to a quiet neighborhood and asking the people in the street if they can tell her where to find the Mafia. This promptly leads to her being kidnapped by a couple of thugs, who take her to the Big Boss. He pulls a knife on her, she wrestles him, and manages to fatally stab him. Job done: No more Mafia.

    I have always assumed that Tony Anholt was there as deadline insurance. This being a show that relied on location shooting in (apparently) a wide range of places, it must have been in perpetual danger of running behind schedule. Had that happened, Anholt could have been given some of Robert Vaughn's scenes and sent off to shoot them with the second unit crew.

    *Hired, or assigned, or whatever. The show was always frustratingly vague about just who the Protectors were. An international law enforcement agency, like Interpol? A private security outfit? A bunch of public spirited folks who helped out of the goodness of their hearts? This varied according to the needs of the story, which suggests that the writers themselves did not know.

  3. Couldn't agree more, B & Turan ( how are things in / on the fly world, by the way? )
    Glad it wasn't just me puzzled by the whole thing.

  4. "Job done: No more Mafia."

    George Lucas must have been a big fan, as that's essentially how the Empire is defeated at the end of Return Of The Jedi.