1983’s Curse of the Pink Panther is the first to feature a different lead character, bungling American detective, Sgt. Clifton Sleigh, portrayed by Ted Wass. Inspector Clouseau and the Pink Panther diamond, both of which had disappeared in Trail, are pursued by Sleigh. Clouseau returns, after having plastic surgery to disguise his identity, in a cameo played by Roger Moore (who is credited as “Turk Thrust II”). Although intended to spawn a new series of misadventures for Sergeant Sleigh, the film’s dismal box-office performance and critical drubbing, along with a series of back-and-forth suing between MGM and Edwards led to a decade-long hiatus of the series. This was eventually settled out of court in 1988, around the time Edwards came up with one final film idea that would ultimately become the unofficial series finale.