The James Garner vehicle The Rockford Files always began with him getting a message, but from where?
There were 122 different messages recorded for the show. The Rockford Files ran from 1974 to 1980 and remains in syndication today. James Garner, who plays private detective Jim Rockford, had previously starred as the charming poker-playing cowboy Brett Maverick. Rockford Files show producers wanted to create a character with the charm and guile of Maverick but in a modern day, detective setting. Garner was perfect for role. Jim Rockford eked out a living, surviving check by check. His fee was always given as” $200 a day plus expenses”, in today’s money that’s over $1000 a day! Nice money, if you can get it.