Sunday, November 29, 2020

Classic TV: "James Bond" meets "Darth Vader" (well, not really)(To Tell The Truth, 1977)

 "Star Wars" had become a phenomenon in the 2nd half of 1977, such that David Prowse, the man behind the mask of Darth Vader, appeared on To Tell The Truth, since audiences didn't really know who he was, despite the fact that, as you'll learn, he had a few more movie credits under his belt, including "A Clockwork Orange" and "Jabberwocky".

Barry Nelson was the first actor to play James Bond on screen 23 years earlier on CBS' Climax in the first adaptation of "Casino Royale". He joins regulars Kitty Carlisle, Bill Cullen, & Peggy Cass, while host Joe Garagiola dresses as Vader to start the show, but sheds the costume during the first commercial break.

Also: The first female boxing judge in NY history.

In memory of Prowse, who has passed away at 85.

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