Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A Smart move?

Now this made me smile - CONTROL and KAOS are once again preparing to face off. Cinematical has the movie poster for this summer's "Get Smart," starring Steve Carrell as Agent Maxwell Smart and Anne Hathaway as Agent 99, the roles made famous by Don Adams and Barbarfa Feldon.

The original tv series, which introduced such technologial advances as the shoe phone and the cone of silence, was created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry. It ran from 1965 to 1970, first on NBC and then for its final season, on CBS.

Since then, there's been a movie, "The Nude Bomb,'' also known as "The Return of Maxwell Smart," which came out in 1980; "Get Smart Again," a made-for-tv movie that aired in 1989, and a short-lived 1995 weekly series on Fox.

And here's a bit of "Get Smart" trivia: reportedly during the first year, the producers received more than one call from the CIA telling them that some of the series' silly spy equipment actually existed. Admittedly, that one sounds like an urban legend!

I'm not sure how popular a spoof of the spy genre will be at a time when audiences seem to be riveted to more serious, and violent, depictions: "24" and the "Bourne" films. TV shows turned into movies have a spotty record, but in the trailer, Carrell did make me chuckle as the dapper yet bumbling secret agent.

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