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This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing. The regular entry on this topic is elsewhere. Please see this programme note.
Remington Steele
Remington Steele is James Bond.
This is why he doesn't seem to have a real name: he can't reveal his identity as Agent 007.

Steele is a product of Clap Your Hands If You Believe.
He only exists because so many people thought he was a real person. Any memories anyone has of him before he took on the Remington Steele identity were retroactively planted when he popped into existence so he would have a past. This is why he doesn't have a real name. Steele himself is totally unaware of this.

Remington Steele is a window into Laura's fantasy life.
Disappointed that no one would take her seriously as a detective,Laura slowly descends into an almost full time daydream/fantasy world where she is the smarter (but still junior) partner in a detective agency headed by a man w/ no name. Each "program" is actually Laura fantasizing about an adventure that she and "Remington" go on and each time they manage to "solve" the case despite the odds being against them. A brief stay by Laura in a psychiatric facility explains the "last season's" abbreviated nature.


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