IF LOOKS COULD KILL
If Looks Could Kill is passable as entertainment but only in an inane way. If it had been approached with style, pace and zaniness it might have been something. It seems to only have been construed as a vehicle to exploit the heartthrob popularity of teen idol Richard Grieco, then the star of tvs 21 Jump Street (1987-92) and its spinoff Booker (1989-90). I mean how can one take seriously a James Bond copy who is played by a sloppy teen who wears mascara? Peculiarly, several of the characters throughout the film are named after comic-book artists Richard Corben, Jim Steranko.
The next few years saw a number of James Bond and spy spoofs with the likes of James Camerons True Lies (1994), Spy Hard (1996) and Stephen Chows hilarious From Beijing with Love (1994). Later would come Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery (1997), which conducted the Bond movie spoof with considerable sophistication, not to mention took it to considerable mainstream success and spawned a whole fad for spy movie spoofs.
Director William Dear has had a strong genre association, having made the time-travel film Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann (1983), the cute Bigfoot film Harry and the Hendersons/Bigfoot and the Hendersons (1987), the remake of Angels in the Outfield (1994), the tv movie Santa Who (2006), the horror film Simon Says (2006) and the baseball fantasy The Sandlot: Heading Home (2007). The film was also conceived by Fred Dekker who directed the genre homages Night of the Creeps (1986) and The Monster Squad (1987) and later went onto make Robocop 3 (1993).