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A kid in my elementary school used to take his shoe off in the middle of the cafeteria. After making absolutely certain everyone had seen the meticulously drawn rotary dial on its sole, he would put it to his ear and talk into his “shoephone.” I was never that geeky, but I did own a James Bond attache case. Spy style has always been hard to beat. In the late ’60s and early ’70s, smooth was embodied by fictional agents bent on impossible missions of imperialism: the Man and Girl (not Woman) From U.N.C.L.E., the Secret Agent Man, 007, the Saint. Onetime Saint and future Bond Roger Moore joined Tony Curtis in The Persuaders, a TV series about a pair of crime-fighting international playboys. Check out the duo’s double-breasted jackets and cool sideburns in the show’s opening episode, The Persuaders: “Overture,” screened with The Baron: “Night of the Hunter,” at 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. For reservations call (202) 707-5677. (Mark W. Sullivan)