Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Nude Bomb

The Nude Bomb was an attempt by Universal Pictures to bring Maxwell Smart into the 1980's.
Whilst they were at it they tried to sex him up.
The result was this movie, originally titled The Return Of Maxwell Smart.

I watched this a few weeks ago, and it's taken me that long to form an opinion on it.
Ultimately, I didn't enjoy the movie.

Here's the movie poster.
If you don't want to go any further, here's the trailer

For the most part the humour remains the same as the TV series, however the film sees Maxwell Smart as a bachelor, and a swinging one at that.

Running alongside him (but without him seeing her) is Agent 34 (Sylvia Kristel).
Agent 34 is funny in her own right (to a certain extent), but the sexual humour feels off to me.
Being a fan of the TV series, as I'm sure a lot of people are, it's difficult to see a then 57 year old Maxwell Smart try to get into the pants of any female Control agent who comes along.
This humour was not Don Adams strong point.

The plot is fairly simple. Sauvage (Vittorio Gassman) has a succession of bombs designed to rid the world of fabric; rendering everyone nude.
In exchange for not dropping the bombs he wants money from the governments of the world.
Now, a guy with a mountain hide-away, an army at his disposal, and a lot of bombs can't be too shy of a nickel, right?

Edward Platt had passed on before The Nude Bomb filmed, so his role as The Chief was taken on by Dana Elcar.
Dana does a commendable job, however my wife commented it was hard to see someone other than Edward Platt as The Chief.
I disagree. It was hard to sit through this entire movie.

To her credit Barbara Feldon opted out of appearing in this film.
And good for her. Get Smart was good clean fun the whole family could watch and enjoy.

The Nude Bomb is catering for a more adult crowd.
And there's nothing wrong with that mind you. Just from the point of view of the Get Smart series it seems an odd direction to take.
Anyhow by all means don't let that stop you from checking it out.
The Nude Bomb
Despite my less than glowing review it does have some funny moments, and from a nostalgia perspective it is interesting to see Don Adams once again as Maxwell Smart.

So all up I give this movie 5 out of 10.

What did you think of this interview? Please comment, or email me directly at mgbouw@yahoo.com.au
Til next time.


  1. You forgot to mention that you see Don Adams arse at the end of it.

  2. What Arse.....? Mmmmm Pity you didn't like the movie. I was going to hire the DVD ONE day. LOL. Regards, Dad