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The Flint films were popular enough to rate their own Italian knock-off spoof (a spoof of a spoof ?!?!?) called IL VOSTRO SUPER AGENTE FLIT!, starring a
fella who looked more like a middle-aged Alec Guiness than James Coburn. While a large number of scenes from OUR MAN FLINT were burlesqued, the plot veered
toward abandoned elements of an early draft of the first Flint script, called CARTEL OF EVIL. In it, space aliens are found to be behind all the
world-conquering shenannagins. IL VOSTRO also features a sequence were Flit fashions a bullet-proof vest out of coins - if memory serves (it's been a while
since I read it), this bit is in the OUR MAN FLINT novelization - which is based on a later draft of the official OUR MAN FLINT script.
Hal Fimberg, the Flint screenwriter, later scripted the William Dozier DICK TRACY pilot, which has some very Flint-like elements - even to the point drmedula
mentions regarding the inject of straight action in to an satirical environment. The DICK TRACY episode has fights that are definitely more hard-edged than
those on BATMAN at the time.
I can vouch for the magic of seeing the Flint movies in the theater. I saw them individually, and again later on a double bill. The theater played the
soundtrack album at intermission for the latter event, which kept the atmosphere electric between features. The slinky Goldsmith score tops the super-spy
musical charts - easily as light-footed and elegant as John Barry's YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE soundtrack.
Dec 16 07 5:58 PM
The aborted DICK TRACY series would've been interesting, but the failure of Dozier's straight-faced attempt at THE GREEN HORNET most likely
precluded any further attempts in that direction.
His WONDER WOMAN pilot was a mocking travesty of a classic character, thankfully abandoned. As incompetent as BATMAN was brilliant in balancing the sincere
with the silly while still remaining faithful to its source material. Quite simply, Dozier did to WW what certain detractors wrongly claim he did to the Caped
Crusader. The way was happily left open for Lynda Carter's definitive incarnation of the Amazing Amazon, which joins BATMAN and THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN
in the classic triumvirate of superhero TV shows. All of which had a profoundly inspirational effect upon me growing up; indeed, the life lessons and positive
outlook they engendered are resonant even today.
Dec 16 07 9:10 PM
duncan thaw wrote:
Well the U.N.C.L.E. set is here and it's certainly daunting.
Dec 16 07 11:48 PM
But for true U.N.C.L.E. completeness, anybody happen to catch Frank Tashlin's THE GLASS BOTTOM BOAT (MGM, 1966)?
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