There's Moore Than Meets The
Roger Moore's fashion
world as a Real Persuader!
By Alan Davidson
This is an exclusive and MUST NOT be reproduced
in any form without permission copyright © 2005
Material supplied for this real life story
came from David Wilkinson former business partner and friend
of Roger Moore and was given to Alan Davidson for use only
on www.sirrogermoore.com. Thank you David, a very nice, helpful
and genuinely charming gentleman. All documents are the property
of David Wilkinson and under no circumstances must any part
of this unique story be reproduced without permission.
Left to right David Wilkinson, Patricia Rushton
and Roger Moore
with David Wilkinson
This is a very interesting glimpse at
the real life of Roger and his time as director at Pearson
and Foster between 1968 and 1972. The company produced clothes
for both Roger Moore and Tony Curtis for use on The Persuaders.
Roger Moore was introduced to David Wilkinson by Patricia
Rushton, and initially Roger was under contract in the field
of designing and marketing men's outerwear fabrics. Roger
was paid to travel 3/4 weeks per year to various parts of
the world promoting the company, but it is clear from the
letters and talking to David Wilkinson, Roger was ideal because
he genuinely enjoyed the whole scene and had great interest
in designing and clothes, with a background in art and able
to draw his own designs, hopefully to be displayed soon on
on Roger was actually brought in by the company as a director
on the board. David told me he found Roger an absolutely
superb man to encounter on every level, and during
their business friendship David flew in the private company
plane down to visit Roger on the set of both The
Saint at Elstree, and The Persuaders at Pinewood studios.
David said if you were on set with Roger and anyone
new came in, Roger although he did not have to would immediately
go to them and say "hello", and make them at
ease no matter statues. I will with the help of David
and the documentation build up a picture of Roger, and
his involvement in the clothing world during his four
year period with Pearson and Foster also during his time
as a Persuader.
of the documents is lost i think if i just retype them out
so with all interesting information and contracts i will give
a brief description and then a hyper link so if you would
like to read the actual document you can.This is a letter
that all Persuaders fans will like unfortunately it was taken
from the original its only a poor copy but its just readable
A Letter to David Wilkinson from Roger Moore
actually on the set of The Persuaders, expressing his inability
to get through his correspondence due to work load on The
Persuaders. Also expressing his delight about a fabrics supplied.
At the bottom of the letter it states Directors Robert S Baker
/ Roger Moore / John Goodman.
Letter headed Television Reporters International
/ TRIBUNE PRODUCTION
From managing directors Office this letter
Since Mr. Moore's appointment to our board
an announcement as been made by Sir Lew Grade concerning
" The Friendly Persuaders" a new series. Tony
Curtis is to leave Hollywood and feature films in order
to live in Britain for five years and co star with Mr. Roger
Moore in the series for TV for five year.
Sir Lew announced " I expect this to
be the biggest- selling TV series in the world". By 1975,
annual revenue from the series is forecast an US Dollars $45,000,000.
Mr. Moore plays the part of sophisticated,
titled Englishman traveling the world with his American
partner ( Tony Curtis).
Prestige and sales advantage to our customers
working with The Roger Moore Collection will be considerable.
1. the identification Syndrome related to
the character played by Mr. Moore will be one important
2. Additionally, each year between filming
seasons, Mr. Moore will make over seas tours in connection
with The Roger Moore Collection.
It is established that people in all
income groups form positive groups views in relation to persons
seen through the TV media.
It is clear that the character played by Mr.
Moore is sympathetic and excellent for the requirements of
our various activates in Menswear and accessories.
The part harmonizes with Mr. Moore "real-life
interests in men's wear to an even greater extent than his
role in "The Saint" Series.
actual above document