Condorman (1981)."A double? No one orders a double sir."
This week it's the Disney movie that 100% does not feel like a Disney movie. Are we sure this isn't some other studio? Is this a pre-requisite to Disney's obsession with Marvel? Find out today with us as we discuss and float our way through Condorman from 1981.
Storyline :Comic artist and writer Woody performs a simple courier operation for his friend Harry who works for the CIA. But when he successfully fends off hostile agents, he earns the respect of the beautiful Natalia, who requests his assistance for her defection. Woody uses this request as leverage to use the CIA's resources to bring his comic book creation, Condorman, to life to battle the evil Krokov.
Directors: Charles Jarrott
Writers: Marc Stirdivant, Robert Sheckley, and Mickey Rose
Stars: Michael Crawford, Oliver Reed, Barbara Carrera, and James Hampton
Awards: 0 Wins & 0 Nominations
Film Budget: $14,000,000 (estimated)
Gross Worldwide: Unknown
This theme song....do we love it? Hate it? Jury is still out on this one.
He Spies! He Flies! He Death-Defies!
During one take, when Condorman falls into the River Seine, Michael Crawford nearly drowned after the strength of the current was miscalculated. He was dragged five to ten feet under the water before two lifeguards pulled him out just in time. Crawford was willing to do the stunt again but director Charles Jarrott refused to allow it, and put a trained stuntman in his place.
Relaxing one night after a long day of filming, Oliver Reed was relaxing when Michael Crawford was walking by. Oliver, in his character's Russian accent, invited Michael to sit and have a drink. When Michael declined, Oliver demanded saying, "Come here into Russian Embassy and have drink, you little feathered fart!". Needless to say, from that moment on Michael was referred to as "Condorman the Feather Fart."
One night, after one too many alcoholic drinks, Oliver Reed tossed his tuxedo costume into the sea from a Monte Carlo hotel room. When the company manager found out the next morning, he rowed out into the Mediterranean to retrieve it before it floated away.
When Woody is glamorizing Harry's job at the CIA, Harry responds, "Not everyone in the CIA is Robert Redford." This is a subtle joke about Three Days of the Condor (1975), in which Redford plays a CIA agent whose codename is Condor.
ean-Pierre Kalfon wore a specially made contact lens for his role of Morovich, which gave him the appearance of having a metallic eye.
This movie is NOT on Disney+ we had to rent this one on Amazon for $3.99 (at the time of recording). So you really need to want to watch this one.
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