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By Mahnuel Muñoz

On June 3, 1968, the film “The Detective” was released, in which Frank plays Detective Joe Leland, in a raw story of sexual crime, political corruption and emotional breakdowns. He is joined in the cast by Lee Remick, Robert Duvall and Jacqeline Bissett.

The film, with a budget of 4.5 million dollars, was a success at the box office, grossing 6.5 million.
Critics praised the film and Frank’s performance, calling it one of the best of his career.

Based on the novel of the same name by Roderick Thorp, it is Sinatra’s fourth work with director Gordon Douglas, after (“Young At Heart“, 1954), (“Robin and the seven hoods“, 1964), and (“Tony Rome”, 1967). Later they filmed together (“The Lady In Cement“, 1968).

In 1979 Roderick Thorp wrote a sequel titled “Nothing Lasts Forever“, in which Leland is trapped in the Klaxon Oil Corporation skyscraper after it is taken over by German terrorists, and must rescue his daughter and his granddaughter.

In the late 1980s, 20th Century Fox began working on a film version of the book.
The studio was contractually obligated to offer Sinatra the lead role, but Frank immediately rejected it, because at 73 years old he was not up to such a demanding action script.

The novel, conveniently adapted, became “Die Hard” (“1988), Leland became John McClane, the subject to rescue is his wife, Klaxon becomes the Nakatomi Corporation and the protagonist, Bruce Willis… who at this rate will reach the age of 73 wearing the dirtiest and most popular t-shirt in the history of cinema.

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