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After terrorists take over two oil rigs in the North Sea and send their demands, a team lead by the unconventional counter-terrorism expert named ffolkes (an old English name spelled with a lower-case ‘f’) played by Roger Moore steps forward to deal with the situation, much to the reluctance of the British government. Having spent a lot of time during his career portraying characters that were clean-shaven, sophisticated and general ladies’ men, Roger Moore wanted a challenge, and it definitely came to him in the form of Rufus Excalibur ffolkes, a bearded eccentric who loves cats more than he does women. Prolific screenwriter Jack Davies planned to publish a novel called Esther, Ruth & Jennifer and sent one of his drafts to Roger Moore for proofreading. The actor saw a story in there he took a liking to.
The book came out in 1979 and the movie was released one year later, without much critical acclaim. Most people praised Moore's performance, although some deemed it sexist, which is somewhat funny considering the fact that he made a fortune playing James Bond, but that's a conversation for a different type of article. The movie was directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and stars Michael Parks and Anthony Perkins as the main villain.