Remington Steele (1982–1987)
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License to Steele 

Female PI Laura Holt concocts a mastermind male detective so her failing agency can finally attract sexist clients. One assignment that results is the transport of the world's rarest gems, ... See full summary »

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Female PI Laura Holt concocts a mastermind male detective so her failing agency can finally attract sexist clients. One assignment that results is the transport of the world's rarest gems, to hype the debut of a new car. Stalking Laura & the shipment is a mysterious charmer who claims he's a South African government agent. The auto's inventor demands that the fictional agency head, Remington Steele, personally supervise the jewels' arrival, putting Laura on the spot. Written by David Stevens

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1 October 1982 (USA)  »

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The exteriors of the Remington Steele Investigations office building are the Century Plaza Towers, 2000 Avenue of the Stars in Century City. They are a well-known and often used L.A. landmark. See more »

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Murphy Michaels: Laura, we made a rule: if a client insists on dealing directly with Remington Steele, we pass.
Laura Holt: Gordon Hunter is creating a media event - television, newspapers, People magazine for God's sake. Whoever provides security for the gems gets kissed by the same spotlight. The publicity is worth its weight in clients.
Bernice Foxe: And you want Remington Steele to personally supervise security.
Laura Holt: That's right.
Bernice Foxe: Can I ask a dumb question? How is Remington Steele going to do that if he doesn't exist?
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License to Steele
31 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

The producers really thought they found the next James Bond when Pierce Brosnan was cast as Remington Steele as the pilot episode is called License to Steele.

Brosnan can certainly carry light comedy with just a hint of darkness as well as the Irish or is it English charm? I think the inspiration for Steele might be Simon Templar (The Saint) as depicted in the books.

Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist) runs a private detective agency but created the mythical Remington Steele to keep client's happy who thought investigation work is not for women.

An assignment to protect the display of some rare South African jewels brings Laura into contact a mysterious man who claims to be a South African agent. Pretty soon this man claims to be Remington Steele and Laura can do little about it.

This is a glamorous light hearted series, poor Murphy Michaels (James Read) Laura's fellow detective is rather redundant once the series hits its stride.

It is a fun first episode, it is also rather cheesy, not sure I buy exactly how the sinister bad guys were caught. I watched this when it was first shown on British television back in the early 1980s. Then a few years later I caught Moonlighting and that easily surpassed this.


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