If you have not seen the film "Marlowe" with James Garner as Philip Marlowe, I highly recommend it.I believe that James Garner best fit the private detective character created by one of my favorite writers, Raymond Chandler.The film is based on Chandler's crime novel "The Little Sister."Garner looks the part of Marlowe; a big, handsome man, who is honorable, cynical, and has a dry sense of humor. He is also a tough guy who nevertheless often takes a beating from other tough guys.Garner, like the character from the novels, smokes a pipe and plays chess. I think Chandler would have liked Garner.The film also has Bruce Lee smash Marlowe's office furniture with karate chops and kicks, and the forever sexy Rita Marino does a strip tease. Who could ask for anything more in a crime thriller? My only complaint is the film was set in comtempory time (1969, when the film was made), rather than in the 1940s and 1950s, where Marlowe belongs forever.