Somewhere between the laid-back Californian bromance of Starsky and Hutch and the short, sharp fist to the face of The Sweeney we forget that some detectives played by the Queensbury Rules.
As much as cool and groovy 60s secret agents and crime-fighters battle under a snappy little acronym or title, so too do the thoroughly bad eggs on the other side. (N.B. White pussy cat not included.)
Spies existed both in fact and in fiction long before Commander James Bond became M.I.5’s Agent 007 but his zeitgeist attitude of detached cool captured the public’s imagination to such a degree that no spy who followed him could escape the comparison.
Those of a certain vintage will remember Detective Inspector Jack Regan (John Thaw) and Detective Sergeant George Carter (Dennis Waterman) as they battled violent crime on the streets of London in The Sweeney which ran on British television from 1975 to 1978.