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Nude Bomb [VHS]
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There's a lot of good humor in this movie that just gets overshadowed by the "this isn't the same Get Smart I used to know" sentiment.
I first saw THE NUDE BOMB on its initial theatrical release in 1980, in a crowded theater. While the audience guffawed appreciatively all the way through the picture, I only found myself chuckling and laughing intermittently. Maybe this audience wasn't as familiar with the TV series as I was, because I came away thinking this was a misfire. Don Adams was a gifted comedic actor and a pitch-perfect Maxwell Smart, but without crucial characters such as Agent 99 (Barbara Feldon), The Chief (Edward Platt, who died in 1974), and Siegfried (Bernie Kopell) for Adams to play off of, THE NUDE BOMB couldn't possibly achieve the TV series' level of comic brilliance.
As Don Adams lamented in later interviews, THE NUDE BOMB was made by a studio that didn't comprehend the appeal or intent of the original series -- and it shows. Even the title reveals this lack of understanding. In Europe the film was released as THE RETURN OF MAXWELL SMART -- a much better title, in my opinion -- yet in the U.S. it was distributed as THE NUDE BOMB, which makes it sound like a cheap softcore grindhouse flick.
Nevertheless, I don't believe THE NUDE BOMB is a terrible film. Don Adams tries hard to make the best of a less-than-ideal situation, and he manages to inject some laughs into this diluted affair. There are some clever and amusing moments, and a casual viewer may find it an agreeable spy-movie satire. But for those of us who love the original series, this is an awfully disappointing venture...and, ultimately, a pointless one.
What's not so good: Most things, really. Although striking at first, some of the visual gags wore thin fast. Don Adams's acting was about the best of anyone's, and that's not saying much. (Kristel seemed more impressive in a role where her physical presence mattered more than saying anything.) I did find some camp humor in the relatively ancient notions of what a computerized control room would look like, even though it wasn't meant as humorous back then.
Probably a good one for kids - actual nudity is brief and relatively demure, and the humor would probably tickle a middle-schooler. Or at least, a middle-school boy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great to see Maxwell Smart again. Glad this movie made it to DVD. Excellent quality, fast delivery.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is in excelant condition, and I'll keep it, but it's a PG rating & I was wanting the unrated version which I'll order next.Published 7 months ago by Thomas Zirkle
I cant see how you'd call it anything but a hilarious and senseles potshot at 007 that hits hard.Published 12 months ago by Nickel Speaks
I bought this for my boy who has most of the Don Adams "Get Smart" series and he loved it.Published 15 months ago by p gardiner
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