Harry Rule: private investigator. Harry was married and had one son named John (See "With A Little Help From My Friends").
Out side his job Harry led a fairly quiet life. He lived in an apartment in London with his maid Suki. Rule was a man of few
words who was perfectly capable of enjoying the fine things in life. He visits the shooting gallery every Wensday, plays Chess
with his friend Caroline di Contini and most notabely he enjoys cooking gourmet food. His friends say his cooking expertise
is eggs. Modest about this talent not often found in Private Investigators, Harry believes he is only lukewarm in the kitchen.
Well... Outwardly at least. Rule had formerly been operateing his agency from New York but moved to London, probably to escape
his divorce and start over fresh. Harry also owns a dog who goes by the name of Gus. Like all Protectors, Harry owns a computer
he uses to decode, send messages etc. Please note this to large to be a desktop model of today and to small to be a computer
of that day. Gus and the computer both disapeared quickly. While on cases and outside England Harry often drives a Ford Mustang
which has been his signature car. In London he drives the much cooler but similar looking Jensen Interceptor.
At first glance, Paul Buchet was the minor Protector second to the comparitive star power of Nyree Dawn Porter and Robert
Vaughn. But the back story said that the Contessa was not in any way responsible for the formation of The Protectors Orginazation.
It was actually Paul and Harry. The two were both working on the same case independantly in Marseilles when they both decided
an orginazation was needed to "draw upon the talents of agents around the globe.". Paul lived in Paris, France.
Not much else is said about his character he was suave and sophisticated and well dressed. Well dressed for the 70's. He liked
to drive motorcycles. We only saw him driveing one once however in "Disappearing Trick". There wasn't much else
said about him.
Caroline di Contini
Originally, The Contessa di Contini was to be a man. But Gerry Anderson's boss, ATV head cast Nyree Dawn Porter causeing Anderson
no small headaches in the script department. The Contessa di Contini was a wealthy widow (a common stereotype in British spy
shows.) who married the Count di Contini. She lives in Rome and enjoys fenceing, swiming and drives a go-kart. She plays on
the horses drives a rolls-royce and drinks the finest wines. She lives large, glamorous, and dangerously. She bears a lot
in common with The Avengers' Emma Peel and Thunderbirds' Lady Penelope. Obviously her inspirations. Her actress, (Nyree Dawn
Porter) evidently had turned down an offer to play the lead in The Avengers. Here are some comments she made about her character.
"She is quite a remarkable lady- a girl who has built up her own detective agency and is now one of the Protectors
orginasation. She is everything you would expect a Contessa to be, but she is also very tough and shrewd and an expert with
the rapier. I've had to take fenceing lessons."
Suki was Harry Rule's housekeeper. She was often kidnapped, drugged or held hostage so people she could get at her boss. But
Suki wasn't your typical damsel in distress. She is an expert at Karate and other martial arts and serves as Harry's instructor
in this field. She also is an amatuer massage thereapist, to Harry's delight. Suki rarely leaves the apartment, except to
walk Harry's dog, Gus or buy groceries. In some episodes, we see her meeting friends on the street, which helps give her character
more humanity. Her actress Yasuko Nagazumi, went on to appear in Anderson's next series, Space: 1999.