In this weeks episode of The Leslie Nielsen Spoofs Rewatch, Cory and Nathan are trying to take over the world as they discuss “Spy Hard.”
Our Favourite Trivia:
The opening title sequence is a very specific and direct send-up of the main title sequence of the James Bond movie Thunderball (1965).
The church that Dick follows a henchman into is named “Our Lady Who Never Had the Pickle”. This was originally going to be the name of the hospital where Detective Nordberg (O.J. Simpson) was being kept in The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988).
Information in Desirée More’s information file, includes turn-ons (drool), turn-offs (genitals), ambitions (Leslie Nielsen’s laundress), hobbies (cool whip sculpture), biggest influence (my pet hamster Totsi), favorite food (bananas), favorite monument (Washington), favorite eating utensil (hand), favorite recipe (cheese), favorite artist (Pat Sajak), and favorite movie (The Doggirls of Anateim).
During the scene where Dick Steele rides the horse into an elevator at a hotel, the couple in the elevator with him is played by Stuntman Loren Janes and his real wife, Ginger. Janes and his wife played the same roles in the same scene of True Lies (1994), which is what the scene parodies. Janes also worked on the stunts for this movie as well.
The motto of the United States of America Secret Service Agency was “Keeping America Quiet”.
The criminal organization’s motto was “Commitment to Evil”.
Leslie Nielsen plays Dick Steele at the ages of 37 and 52. Nielsen was 70 at the time of filming.
McCluckey is a parody of Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) in the first two Home Alone movies. John Hughes, who wrote the Home Alone movies, also wrote Dennis the Menace (1993), which starred Gamble as the title character.
Marcia Gay Harden wasn’t a fan of the film itself as well:
‘Ugh. I hated doing that movie. [Laughs.] It was, I thought, going to be an opportunity to have a lot of fun, but it was just chaos and, uh, not so much fun. And not so funny. I mean, Leslie [Nielsen] was great, but it was really his show, and it was just… very chaotic. Behind schedule, over budget. People mention her to me, but I’ve never really seen the movie. All I know is that she was supposed to be sexy, and I don’t know if she even was’.
What’s Up Next?:
Next week we’ll be discussing “Wrongfully Accused.”
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