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GET SMART

Get Smart is an American comedy television series that satirizes the secret agent genre. Created by Mel Brooks with Buck Henry, the show stars Don Adams (as Maxwell Smart, Agent 86), Barbara Feldon (as Agent 99), and Edward Platt (as Chief). The series was broadcast on NBC-TV from September 18th, 1965, to March 29th, 1969, after which it moved to the CBS network for its final season, running from September 26th, 1969, to May 15th, 1970, with 138 total episodes produced. During its five-season run, Get Smart only broke the top 30 twice. It ranked at No. 12 during its first season, and at No. 22 during its second season, before falling out of the top 30 for its last three seasons. The series won seven Emmy Awards, and it was nominated for another 14 Emmys, as well as two Golden Globe Awards.

The 1966 Batman movie, made during that TV show's original run, prompted other television shows to propose similar films. The only one completed was Munster Go Home (1966), which was a box office flop, causing the cancellation of other projects, including the Get Smart movie. The script for that movie was turned into the three-part episode, "A Man Called Smart," airing April 8, 15 and 22, 1967. The original show eventually spawned the follow-up films The Nude Bomb (a theatrical release not directly based on the show) and Get Smart, Again! (a made-for-TV sequel to the series). The series was briefly resurrected in 1995, starring Adams and Feldon, with Andy Dick as Max's and 99's son Zach.

In 2003 a Get Smart tribute was held at the Museum of Television and Radio. Appearing at the convention were surviving stars Don Adam, Barbara Feldon, Bernie Kopell and Dick Gautier. 2008 saw Get Smart on the big screen in a film staring Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway and Alan Arkin. And in 2010, TV Guide ranked Get Smart's opening title sequence at No. 2 on its list of TV's Top 10 Credits Sequences, as selected by readers.

The show was inspired by the success of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Daniel Melnick, who was a partner, along with Leonard Stern and David Susskind, of the show's production company, Talent Associates, commissioned Mel Brooks and Buck Henry to write a script about a bungling James Bond-like hero. Brooks described the premise for the show they created in an October 1965 Time magazine article: "I was sick of looking at all those nice sensible situation comedies. They were such distortions of life. If a maid ever took over my house like Hazel, I'd set her hair on fire. I wanted to do a crazy, unreal comic-strip kind of thing about something besides a family. No one had ever done a show about an idiot before. I decided to be the first."

Brooks and Henry proposed the show to ABC, where network officials called their show "un-American" and demanded a "lovable dog to give the show more heart" and scenes showing Maxwell Smart's mother. Brooks strongly objected to their latter suggestion: "They wanted to put a print housecoat on the show. Max was to come home to his mother and explain everything. I hate mothers on shows. Max has no mother. He never had one."

The series centers on bumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart, also known as Agent 86. His female partner is Agent 99, whose real name is never revealed in the series. Agents 86 and 99 work for CONTROL, a secret U.S. government counter-intelligence agency based in Washington, D.C. The pair investigates and thwarts various threats to the world, though Smart's bumbling nature and demands to do things by-the-book invariably cause complications. However, Smart never fails to save the day. Looking on is the long-suffering head of CONTROL, who is addressed simply as "Chief."

The nemesis of CONTROL is KAOS, described as "an international organization of evil." KAOS was supposedly formed in Bucharest, Romania, in 1904. Neither CONTROL nor KAOS is actually an acronym. Many actors appeared as KAOS agents, including Tom Bosley, John Byner, Victor French, Alice Ghostley, Ted Knight, Pat Paulsen, Tom Poston, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Middleton, Barry Newman, Julie Newmar, Vincent Price, William Schallert (who also had a recurring role as The Admiral, the first Chief of Control), Larry Storch. Conrad Siegfried, played by Bernie Kopell, is Smart's KAOS archenemy. King Moody (originally appearing as a generic KAOS killer) portrays the dim-witted but burly Shtarker, Siegfried's assistant.

The enemies, world-takeover plots and gadgets seen in Get Smart parodies the James Bond movies. "Do what they did except just stretch it half an inch," Mel Brooks said of the methods of this TV series. Devices such as a shoe phone, The Cone of Silence and inner apartment booby traps were a regular part of most episodes.

Max and 99 marry in season four and have twins in season five. Agent 99 became the first woman on an American hit sitcom to keep her job after marriage and motherhood.

Although the cast and crew, especially Adams, contributed joke and gadget ideas, dialogue was rarely ad-libbed. An exception is the third season episode, "The Little Black Book." Don Rickles (left) encouraged Adams to misbehave, and ad-libbed. The result was so successful that the single episode was turned into a two-part episode.

The series featured several cameo appearances by famous actors and comedians, sometimes uncredited and often comedian friends of Adams. Johnny Carson appeared, credited as "special guest conductor," in "Aboard the Orient Express." Carson returned for an uncredited cameo as a royal footman in the third season episode "The King Lives?" Other performers to make cameo appearances included Steve Allen, Milton Berle, Ernest Borgnine, Wally Cox, Robert Culp (as a waiter in an episode sending up Culp's I Spy), Phyllis Diller, Buddy Hackett, Bob Hope, and Martin Landau. In addition to friends like Don Rickles and James Cann appearing on the show, both Bill Dana and Jonathan Harris, who Adams worked with on The Bill Dana Show, also guest starred. James Cann's appearance on Get Smart was also uncredited, billed as "Rupert of Rathskeller as Himself".

Get Smart became kind of a family affair as cousin Robert Karvelas was added to the cast as a reoccurring extra and later as blockheaded Control agent, Larabee. Adams’ brother, comedian Dick Yarmy, also appeared in two episodes of Get Smart, one time working for Kaos and the other working for Control as did Adams's father, William Yarmy, and daughter, Caroline Adams. Adams also wrote two episodes of Get Smart: “The King Lives” and part two of “To Sire with Love.” with his older sister Gloria Burton.

Actress Rose Michtom (pictured at right, the real life aunt of the show's executive producer Leonard Stern) appeared in at least 44 episodes, usually as a background extra with no speaking role. In the season 1 episode "Too Many Chiefs" when she is shown in a photograph, Max refers to her as "my Aunt Rose," but the Chief corrects Max by saying that it's actually KAOS agent Alexi Sebastian disguised as Max's Aunt Rose. Fans refer to her as "Aunt Rose" in all of her dozens of appearances, even though her character is never actually named in most of them.

Get Smart had more than its share of catch phrases and one liners. Executive Producer Leonard Stern said creating catch phrases was intentional, "It was a conscious decision that we should have them. That’s my training from The Steve Allen Show where "Hi Ho Steverino" and "Why Not?" existed. Don had come with "Would You Believe" and "Sorry About That Chief" was an accident, people just started to say it."

Would you believe...?
This one came from Don Adams and Bill Dana before Get Smart, although it did appear in the pilot episode. Adams did a routine called The Bengal Lancers (it's on his first LP) where he's Lieutenant Faversham interrogating the villainous Mohammed Khan. Adams and Dana had the following exchange:

Faversham:
You think you've got me, but I have you surrounded by the entire mounted 17th Bengal Lancers.

Khan:
I don't believe you.

Faversham:
Would you believe the First Bengal Lancers?

Khan:
No

Faversham:
How about Gunga Din on a donkey?

Missed it by that much!
This phrase was used when someone, usually Max, was just a little bit off target. FIrst used in the episode: The Day Smart Turned Chicken. A KAOS agent was attempting to jump from a window into a truck loaded with mattresses. He jumps, Max looks out the window, turns back to the room says, "Missed it by that much!"

And loving it!
Used by Max whenever the Chief would explain how this latest mission would place Max in incredible danger, it's first utterance was in Mr. Big.

 

Sorry about that Chief!
This was the most used phrase in the show. Originally, this began as just a generic "Sorry about that." It first was used in Diplomat's Daughter and really was given no big significance when uttered. It wasn't until Now You See Him, Now You Don't that "Chief" was added onto the end of the phrase. This phrase really caught on when late in 1965 one of the Gemini astronauts used it when he made a mistake.

Max:
Don't tell me I fell off the horse.

99:
You fell off the horse Max.

Max:
I asked you not to tell me that!

I asked you not to tell me that!
This phrase didn't debut until the third season in Viva Smart. It was usually used when Max didn't want to hear about a mistake or terrible thing that happened. Most of its uses went along the lines of the first one.

Zis is KAOS, Ve Don't (Insert Activity Here) Here!
Siegfried was the originator for this phrase, which was usually used to silence Shtarker. He first used it in his first appearance, A Spy For A Spy. The line was made up by Leonard Stern on the set. After the first take, Stern whispered the line into Bernie Kopell's ear and the rest is catchphrase history! However, it began its usage without the first part. The Zis is KAOS part first was used in Snoopy Smart Vs. The Red Baron, though much softer then it was usually spoken. KAOS has captured Max and 99 and Shtarker is preparing to machine gun them down.

Shtarker:
Let me let them have it. Dudududududu
(making a machine gun noise).

Siegfried:
Shtarker, zis is KAOS, we don't Dududu here.

The Old (Insert Item Here) Trick
This one was there from the start, appearing in Mr. Big as "The old garbage trick." It was usually followed by the phrase "that's the second time I've fallen for that this month/week." This tounge twister is from the Smartacus episode: "The old Professor Peter Peckinpah all purpose anti-personnel Peckinpah pocket pistol under the toupee trick."

Other famous Get Smart lines included:
"That's the second biggest/smallest (Insert Item Here) I've ever seen."
"It's a shame he didn't use (Insert Phrase Here) for niceness instead of evil."
"I hope I wasn't out of line with that (Insert Phrase Here) crack."

One of the best lines from the 1995 revival: Gretchen (Siegfried's daughter) to Zach Smart, "You're just like my father. He lied to me the whole time I am growing up. He told me that he was a doctor on a cruiseship." Siegfried was played by actor Bernie Kopell who would later play Doc on the Love Boat.

Check out the link below for more great Get Smart quotes...

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CONTROL

CONTROL is a spy agency founded at the beginning of the 20th century by Harold Harmon Hargrade, a career officer in the United States Navy's N-2 (Intelligence) Branch. Hargrade served as the first Chief of CONTROL.

"CONTROL" is not an acronym, but it is always shown in all capital letters as if it were.

Maxwell Smart, code number Agent 86 (born 1930, portrayed by Don Adams, left) is the central character. Despite being a top secret government agent, he is absurdly clumsy, very naive and has occasional lapses of attention. Due to his frequent verbal gaffes and physical miscues, most of the people Smart encounters believe he is grossly incompetent. Despite these faults, Smart is also resourceful, skilled in hand-to-hand combat, a proficient marksman, and incredibly lucky. These assets have led to him having a phenomenal record of success in times of crisis in which he has often averted disaster, often on a national or global scale. This performance record means his only punishment in CONTROL for his mistakes is that he is the only agent without three weeks annual vacation time. Smart uses multiple cover identities, but the one used most often is as a greeting card salesman/executive. Owing to multiple assassination attempts, he tells his landlord he is in the insurance business, and on one occasion, that he works for the "Bureau of Internal Revenue". Smart served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and is an ensign in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

In 1999 TV Guide ranked Maxwell Smart number 19 on its 50 Greatest TV Characters of All Time list. The character appears in every episode, though only briefly in "Ice Station Siegfried." It was reported that Adams refused to appear in this episode because he considered it a poor rewrite of the fourth season episode "Schwartz's Island". He called in sick on the day filming was to start and his friend Bill Dana was quickly hired to take his place. Another version of events says Adams took time off to perform in Las Vegas for two weeks to settle gambling debts. Adams also did voice over work and was the voice of Tennessee Tuxedo (1963–1966), but he was more famous as the voice of Inspector Gadget in the initial run of that television series (1983–1986). Adams stated in interviews that his famous "clippy" voice characterization was an exaggeration of the speaking style of actor William Powell. Occasionally, he also enjoyed doing a more explicit impersonation of Ronald Colman. Adams was the voice of Brain the Dog in the end credits for the film version of Inspector Gadget in 1999.

Agent 99 (Barbara Feldon, right) is the tall, beautiful female agent whose appearance is useful in undercover operations. Generally, Agent 99 is more competent than Smart, but Smart saves her life in several episodes. "Snoopy Smart vs the Red Baron" is the introduction of 99's mother (Jane Dulo), who is so thoroughly fooled by her daughter and Smart's cover stories that not even seeing them in combat while a prisoner of KAOS convinces her otherwise. Her mother indicates that 99's father was also a spy. Creator Buck Henry pointed out to actress Barbara Feldon on the DVD commentary for Season 3 that when he tried to add funny lines for Agent 99, "They didn't want you to be 'joke funny.' They wanted you to be glamorous and interesting." Her name was intentionally never revealed. She appears in all but seven episodes. She can typically be seen slouching, leaning, or sitting in scenes with Adams to hide the fact that she was slightly taller (5' 9") than Adams (5' 8½").

 
The Chief (Edward Platt, left) is the head of CONTROL. Although sarcastic and grouchy, the Chief is intelligent, serious, and sensible. He began his career at CONTROL as "Agent Q." (He joined the organization back when they assigned letters rather than numbers.) He is supportive of Agents 86 and 99, but he is frustrated with Smart for his frequent failures and foul-ups. As revealed in the season-one episode "The Day Smart Turned Chicken," his first name is Thaddeus, but it is rarely used. His cover identity (used primarily with 99's mom) is "Harold Clark." Another time, when KAOS arranges for the Chief to be recalled to active duty in the U.S. Navy (as a common seaman with Smart as his commanding officer), his official name is John Doe.

Fang/Agent K-13 (played by Red) is a poorly trained CONTROL dog, who is seen during seasons one and two. He was a very successful CONTROL agent for quite a few years. He was trained by Max, which probably explains why he does not always follow directions properly. Their relationship began in Spy School, where they were members of the same graduating class. He sometimes uses the cover name Morris and his favorite toys are a turtleneck sweater, a rubber ducky and one of Max's slippers. Fang's career ends in the second season, as he is no longer showing energy in solving his cases. In honor of his outstanding service to CONTROL, the Chief retires Fang to a desk job, burying evidence. (He has a brief role in the 2008 film, being a pet-store dog that Max is in the habit of complaining to.) He appears in six season-one episodes and two season-two episodes. He appears first in the pilot, "Mr. Big", and his last one was the season-two episode "Perils in a Pet Shop". Shots that involved Fang ended up running long and costing the production a lot of money in overtime so he was written out of the series. He was handled by Bill Weatherwax.

Agent Larabee (Robert Karvelas, left) is the Chief's slow-witted assistant. In a season five episode, it is reported that if anything happens to Smart, Larabee will take his place. Robert Karvelas was Don Adams's cousin. Larabee also appears in The Nude Bomb.

Agent 8 (Burt Mustin) is a retired CONTROL agent who appears in episode twenty three. He is revealed to be the Chief's best friend from his days at CONTROL.

Charlie Watkins/Agent 38 (Angelique Pettyjohn) is an undercover male agent and master of disguise. Agent 38 appears as a scantily clad glamorous woman in two season 2 episodes. He also appears once in season four as a different actress (Karen Authur). He can also switch to a feminine voice as part of the disguise.

Agent 13 (Dave Ketchum) is an agent who is usually stationed inside unlikely, or unlucky places, such as a cigarette machine, washing machines, lockers, trash cans, or fire hydrants. He tends to resent his assignments, such as when he is hiding in a bowling alley's ball returning station and has to duck lest the balls strike him on the head. Agent 13 is featured in several season-two episodes.


Agent 44 (Victor French, right) is Agent 13's predecessor and is also stationed in tight corners. Agent 44 sometimes falls into bouts of self-pity and complaining, and he would sometimes try to keep Max chatting for the company. Agent 44 appears in several episodes in the second half of the season one. In the final season, there is a new Agent 44, (played by Al Molinaro) in two episodes. (Prior to starting as 44, Victor French has a brief guest role in the season-one episode "Too Many Chiefs" as Smart's Mutual Insurance agent. French is better known for his role in Little House on the Prairie.)

Carlson (Stacy Keach, Sr.) is CONTROL's gadget man during season two. While inspecting the gadgets, Max usually creates minor mayhem. Carlson follows several CONTROL scientists who fulfill the same function in season one. They are the similarly named Carleton (Frank DeVol), the egotistical Windish (Robert O. Cornthwaite), and Parker (Milton Selzer).

Admiral Harold Harmon Hargrade or The Admiral (William Schallert) is the former chief. He founded CONTROL as a spy agency just after the turn of the 20th century. The admiral has a poor memory, believing the current U.S. President is still Herbert Hoover. He's 91-years old, has bad balance and falls over... a lot.

Hymie the Robot (Richard "Dick" Gautier, left) is a humanoid robot built by Dr. Ratton to serve KAOS, but in his first mission, Smart manages to turn him to the side of CONTROL. Hymie has numerous superhuman abilities, such as being physically stronger and faster than any human and being able to swallow poisons and register their name, type, and quantity, though his design does not include superhuman mental processing, most significantly characterized by an overly literal interpretation of commands. For example, when Smart tells Hymie to "get a hold of yourself," he grasps each arm with the other. Hymie also has emotions and is "programmed for neatness." 


Dr. Steele (Ellen Weston, right) is a CONTROL scientist who makes three appearances in season three. Dr. Steele is an intelligent, extremely attractive woman whose cover is a chorus dancer at a high-class burlesque theatre. The entrance to her laboratory is through a large courier box sidestage. Dr Steele often performs complex scientific procedures while wearing her revealing performance costumes. She is often seen explaining her findings while warming up for her next dance, and then suddenly departing for her performance. Dr. Steele is replaced with the similar Dr. Simon (Ann Elder), who appears in two episodes of season four, is mentioned once in season five.

Harry Hoo (Joey Forman) is a Hawaiian detective from Honolulu, who is depicted as a send-up of the fictional detective Charlie Chan. Hoo is not a member of CONTROL, but they work together on murder cases. Hoo's introduction usually creates confusion in the manner of Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First?" routine. Hoo always analyzes a mystery by presenting "two possibilities," of which the latter (if not both) is absurd. Max likes to upstage Hoo by jumping in with "two possibilities" of his own, which are even crazier than Hoo's. Hoo responds with "Amazing!", spoken in a tone of disbelief rather than approval, but Max is oblivious to this.

KAOS

KAOS is a (fictional) "international organization of evil" formed in Bucharest, Romania, in 1904; like "CONTROL," "KAOS" is not an acronym. In an episode of the series, after making a series of demands in a recording, the speaker mentions the demands are from "KAOS, a Delaware Corporation." When Smart asks the chief about this, he mentions they did it for tax reasons.

Mr. Big (Michael Dunn) is the presumed head of KAOS and a little person. He only appears in the black-and-white pilot episode, and is killed by his own doomsday death ray. A successor is chosen in another episode but is arrested by CONTROL. A few nameless KAOS chiefs appears in subsequent episodes.


Ludwig Von Siegfried, Konrad Siegfried, Count Von Siegfried or simply Siegfried (Bernie Kopell, right) is a recurring villain, and the Vice President in charge of Public Relations and Terror at KAOS though his title does vary. Siegfried is Maxwell Smart's "opposite number" and nemesis, even though the two characters share similar traits and often speak fondly of one another, even in the midst of attempting to assassinate each other. Speaking English with an exaggerated German accent, the gray-haired, mustachioed, and dueling-scarred Siegfried's catch phrase is, "Zis is KAOS! Ve don't [some action] here!"
 
Shtarker (King Moody, left) is Siegfried's chief henchman. Shtarker is an overzealous lackey whose most notable trait is his abrupt personality change from sadistic KAOS villain to presumptuous child, interrupting conversations to helpfully elaborate, using silly vocal noises to imitate things such as engines or guns. This prompts Siegfried to utter his catch phrase, "Shtarker... Nein! Zis is KAOS! Ve don't [weakly imitates Shtarker's sound effect] here!"


The Claw (Leonard Strong, right) is a Dr. Julius No type Asian villain representing the east-Asian branch of KAOS. In place of the Claw's left hand is a powerful mechanical prosthesis with immobile fingers and an occasional attachment, hence his name. Sometimes the Claw would accidentally nab something with it, creating confusion. He is unable to pronounce the letter L and mispronounces his name as "Craw," with Smart repeatedly referring to him as "The Craw," much to his annoyance. Like Siegfried, he has a huge, dimwitted assistant, named Bobo. (The Claw presumably inspired the villain Dr. Claw in the animated cartoon Inspector Gadget, whose title character was voiced by Don Adams.)

Simon the Likeable (Jack Gilford, left), who appears in "And Baby Makes 4" Parts 1 & 2 is a KAOS killer whose nice face mesmerizes everyone into liking him, except 99's mother (played by Jane Dulo), who knocks him out with a right cross, because Simon resembles her late, much-hated, and unlamented husband. (99's father never appears in any episode.)

Natz or Spinoza (Ted de Corsia) is a villain who was arrested by Max at an unknown point and desires revenge for it. He attempts to extract his revenge using the KAOS robot Hymie, though Hymie ultimately defects to CONTROL. Later, Spinoza hatches a plan to destroy Hymie using a new robot named 'Groppo,' though this plan, too, ultimately fails.

Doctor Ratton (Jim Boles) is a scientist who defected to KAOS. He built the robot Hymie for KAOS, but his abuse of Hymie ultimately leads to Hymie defecting, who shoots the Doctor. Doctor Ratton survived the wound to construct the robot Groppo for Spinoza. However, to insure that Doctor Ratton does not return to the side of CONTROL and create more robots to counter KAOS, Spinoza uses Groppo to kill Ratton.

Gagets and Cars

Telephones are concealed in over 50 objects, including a necktie, comb, watch, and a clock. A recurring gag is Max's shoe phone (an idea from Brooks). To use or answer it, he has to take off his shoe. Max's shoes sometimes contains other devices housed in his heels: an explosive pellet, a smoke bomb, compressed air capsules that propelled the wearer off the ground, and a suicide pill (which Max believes is for the enemy).

In the season one episode "Too Many Chiefs", Max tells Tanya, the KAOS informer which he is protecting, that if anyone breaks in to pick up the house phone in his living room, dial 1-1-7, and press the trigger on the handset; that converts it to a gun. The phone-gun is only used that once, but Max once carried a gun-phone, a revolver with a rotary dial built into the cylinder. In the episode "Satan Place", Max simultaneously holds conversations on seven different phones: the shoe, his tie, his belt, his wallet, a garter, a handkerchief and a pair of eyeglasses. Other unusual locations include a garden hose, a car cigarette lighter (hidden in the car phone), a bottle of perfume (Max complains of smelling like a woman), the steering wheel of his car, a painting of Agent 99, the headboard of his bed, a cheese sandwich, lab test tubes (Max grabs the wrong one and splashes himself), a bunsen burner (Max puts out the flame anytime he pronounces a 'p'), a plant in a planter beside the real working phone (operated by the dial of the working phone), and inside another full-sized working phone.

Other gadgets include a bullet-proof invisible wall in Max's apartment that lowers from the ceiling, into which Max and others often walk; a camera hidden in a bowl of soup that takes a picture (with a conspicuous flash) of the person eating the soup with each spoonful; a Mini Magnet on a belt, which turns out to be stronger than KAOS's Maxi Magnet; and a powerful miniature laser weapon in the button of a sports jacket (the "laser blazer").
 
On February 17, 2002, the prop shoe phone used by agent Maxwell Smart was included in a display entitled "Spies: Secrets from the CIA, KGB, and Hollywood", a collection of real and fictional spy gear that exhibited at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
 
Another of the show's recurring gags is the "Cone of Silence", an idea from Henry (though preceded by the syndicated TV show Science Fiction Theatre in an episode titled Barrier of Silence written by Lou Huston and first airing September 3, 1955, 10 years ahead of the NBC comedy. Smart would pedantically insist on following CONTROL's security protocols; when in the chief's office he would insist on speaking under the Cone of Silence, two transparent plastic hemispheres which are electrically lowered on top of Max and Chief, which invariably malfunction, requiring the characters to shout loudly to even have a chance of being understood by each other. Bystanders in the room could often hear them better, and sometimes relay messages back and forth.

The car Smart is seen driving most frequently in the show for seasons 1–4 is a red 1965 Sunbeam Tiger two-seat roadster. Due to the various custom features of this car, like the machine gun and ejection seat, the Sunbeam Alpine was the picture car actually used by customizer Gene Winfield, because a 4-cylinder afforded more room under the hood than the V8 Tiger. AMT, Winfield's employer, made a model kit (left) of the Tiger, complete with hidden weapons, it is the only kit of the Tiger and has been reissued multiple times as a stock Tiger. The picture car cannot be located, but the personal car of Don Adams (also a 1965 Sunbeam Tiger) was restored in 2005 and still exists and the Alpine/Tiger was also recreated, in 2002. In the opening credits (only) of seasons three and four, Smart drives a light blue Volkswagen Karmann Ghia, as Volkswagen became a sponsor of the show. In season five (1969–70), Buick became a show sponsor, so the Tiger was replaced with a gold 1969 Opel GT, which appears in every episode. In the short-lived 1995 TV series, 'Smart' is trying to sell the Karmann Ghia through the classified ads. The Sunbeam Tiger, the Karmann Ghia, and the Opel GT make brief appearances in the 2008 film. Both are first seen in the CONTROL Museum, along with the original shoe phone, which 'Smart' also briefly uses.

The Nude Bomb

The Nude Bomb (also known as The Return of Maxwell Smart or Maxwell Smart and the Nude Bomb) is a 1980 comedy film based on the television series Get Smart. It starred Don Adams as Maxwell Smart, Agent 86, and was directed by Clive Donner. It was retitled The Return of Maxwell Smart for television so as to avoid any trouble with the censors. Smart is called back into service in order to stop a nefarious KAOS terrorist plan from exploding a bomb that destroys only clothing, so as to leave KAOS as the only supplier of clothes to the entire world.

Adams' cousin Robert Karvelas (Larrabee) is the only other cast member from the television series to return for this film. Dana Elcar plays the Chief in this film (as Edward Platt had died in 1974); no reference is made to Barbara Feldon's character from the TV series, Agent 99, or even her marriage to Smart. Sylvia Kristel, at the time well known for her appearances in the Emmanuelle film series, makes a brief appearance as Agent 34, with actress Andrea Howard playing as Agent 22 (Agent 99-type role) and Vittorio Gassman playing the Blofeld-like villain. Agent 13 was recast as Joey Forman, who played Harry Hoo in the TV series. Pamela Hensley, who was by now well known to science fiction fans for playing Princess Ardala in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, appeared as Agent 36.

Smart's agency, called CONTROL in the TV series, was called PITS in this film, an acronym standing for Provisional Intelligence Tactical Service. The Nude Bomb was a box office disappointment and was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture.

Get Smart Again

After the disappointment of the theatrical release, The Nude Bomb, Maxwell Smart returns to the small screen in 1989 in the made-for-TV Get Smart, Again! The TV movie aired on ABC, the network that rejected the original pilot for the Get Smart! TV series.

Get Amart, Again! is not as well known as The Nude Bomb, but was better received by fans of the original program and featured all of the surviving original cast reprising their roles. The tone and feel of Get Smart, Again! was also closer to that of the 1960s TV series, especially as it was written and produced by Leonard Stern, co-producer of the original Get Smart. It also ignored completely the continuity established in The Nude Bomb, such as the renaming of CONTROL as PITS. The twins (boy and girl) that 99 gave birth to in the late 60s were ignored in the film, but mentioned briefly in the TV-movie. Get Smart, Again! also reprises the TV program's original theme music and opening credit sequence, which were absent from The Nude Bomb. In this case, however, the corridors were covered in cobwebs and the phone-booth elevator that led to CONTROL headquarters worked in reverse, causing Smart to be thrown to the top of the booth.

Maxwell Smart (Don Adams), acting as a protocol officer since CONTROL was disbanded in the early 1970s, is reactivated as a counterintelligence agent by Commander Drury (Kenneth Mars) of the United States Intelligence Agency. KAOS, long considered defunct, has been revitalized by a corporate takeover. Its first scheme involves turning a forgotten American scientist and using his weather control machine to extort $250 billion from the United States Government. (This plot is similar to the one used in the 1990s Avengers movie, another film based on a 1960s TV spy series.)

Drury, convinced that only Smart has the expertise to combat KAOS, gives him carte blanche to reactivate former CONTROL agents to assist him in his task. Along with Drury's bumbling aide, Beamish (Steve Levitt), Smart recruits Larrabee (who, believing that he was under orders from Richard Nixon to stay at his post until relieved, has been living in his office in the now-abandoned CONTROL headquarters tending his office plants), Agent 13, Hymie the Robot (now employed as a crash test dummy) and ultimately, his wife 99 (Barbara Feldon) to find the security leak that allowed the scientist to defect, locate the weather machine and disarm it. They are opposed by a KAOS mole (John de Lancie) within the USIA, who is able to predict Max's every move with the aid of stolen copies of 99's unpublished memoirs and Max's old nemesis, Siegfried (Bernie Kopell).

The script is littered with typical Maxwell Smart verbal gags. Barbara Feldon's character, 99, even makes a reference to THRUSH, the evil organization in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., a show on which Feldon once guest-starred. Large portions of the plot serve only as set-ups for Get Smart style sight gags such as a duel between Max and a KAOS hitman using remote controlled file cabinet drawers. The film also features the array of bizarre gadgetry and political satire that were hallmarks of the original series.

Get Smart - 1995

The relative success of the film prompted the development of a short-lived 1995 weekly series on FOX, also titled Get Smart, with Don Adams (now the Chief of CONTROL) and Barbara Feldon reprising their characters as well as Dave Ketchum as Agent 13 and Bernie Kopell as Siegfried. Max znd 99's bumbling son, Zach (Andy Dick), becomes CONTROL's star agent. (Zach's unnamed twin sister is not seen in the new show.) Zach is teamed with the reluctant Agent 66 (Elaine Hendrix) and Heather Morgan plays Max's secretary, Trudy, who is convinced she works for a talent agent. The series premiered on January 8, 1995 and ended its original run on February 19, 1995.

With the revival series on FOX, Get Smart became the first television franchise to air new episodes on each of the current four major American television networks, although several TV shows in the 1940s and 1950s aired on NBC, CBS, ABC and DuMont. The first four seasons of the original Get Smart series aired on NBC, while the fifth and final season aired on CBS. Get Smart, Again! aired on ABC. The show failed to recapture the spirit of the original. There were not high hopes for the series as Andy Dick had already moved on to NewsRadio, which premiered weeks later in 1995.

Get Smart - Movie

Get Smart is a 2008 American spy-fi comedy film which was produced by Leonard B. Stern, who is also the original series' producer. The film is based on Mel Brooks and Buck Henry's 1960s spy parody television series of the same name. The film stars Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson and Alan Arkin. The film co-stars Terence Stamp, Terry Crews, David Koechner and James Caan. Bernie Kopell, who played Siegfried in the original series, also appeared in the film. Bill Murray makes a cameo appearance.

In the film version, Maxwell Smart is an analyst for the top secret American intelligence agency, CONTROL, and yearns to become a field agent like his idol, Agent 23. Despite his amazing scores in the acceptance tests, Max is denied the promotion because the Chief of CONTROL feels that Max's analytic skills are best used for his present assignment. When CONTROL headquarters is attacked by the terrorist organization KAOS, led by Siegfried, almost all of CONTROL's agents' identities are exposed, leaving only Max and Agent 99, to pursue the culprits while former field operatives are demoted to desk jobs. Max is promoted to field agent as Agent 86, but the experienced 99 is reluctant to partner him because of his clumsy personality.

A corresponding film, Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd: Out of Control (featuring Oka, Torrence, Miller, Warburton, Terry Crews and a cameo by Hathaway), was released on DVD on July 1, 2008, 11 days after the feature film's theatrical release. The film tells a standalone story that takes place concurrently with the events of the film (including a scene in which Agent 99 calls Lloyd and angrily chews him out for the poor quality of her gadgets compared to Max's; that scene takes place immediately after Max accidentally renders himself unconscious with a blowgun during a stakeout in the main film).

On October 7, 2008, it was reported that Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures are producing a sequel. Carell, Hathaway, and Arkin are set to return, but the status of other cast members has not yet been announced. In July 2010, Steve Carell stated that he had recently been given a potential script for the sequel to Get Smart, but had passed on it. He said that he is still very interested in eventually making a Get Smart sequel, but is willing to wait until a decent script is developed. "I took a pass at Get Smart 2, wrote a completely new story and we'll see what happens with that somewhere down the line. Anne Hathaway is definitely in and Alan Arkin, so at some point, we don't have any projected date and the script still needs some tweaking and some rewriting."

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