THE NUDE BOMB
The Nude Bomb was one of the first in the 1980/90s fad for big-screen revivals of 1960s tv series. However, in comparison to Get Smart, The Nude Bomb has all the liveliness of a wet dishrag. It looks cheaply made the sets have the tatty, tawdry look of low-budget 1950s science-fiction. In the Swiss sequences, there are visibly obvious backdrops and even black-and-white footage inserted in lieu of an avalanche sequence. One extended chase sequence seems inserted for no other reason than to act as an advertisement for the Universal Studios backlot tour. Clive Donners direction is drab. He seems to abandon sequences in the midst of the scene after the end of the gag the opening skydiving sequence is one such example where as soon the principal gag of the scene is over, Donner forgets entirely about Maxs parachuteless mid-air fate.
Mostly though, The Nude Bomb is a film made without the creative talents behind the original Get Smart involved. The only returnee from the series is Don Adams who is on customary form and yet the absence of Barbara Feldons Agent 99 is decidedly noticeable. Crucially, the film lacks the originals zaniness. The old Get Smart twinkles momentarily like the shot of a sign with a painted skull saying Achtung, to which is commented I suppose well have to watch out for deadly Achtungs, but as a gag it looks lonely.
A much more successful revival was the tv movie Get Smart Again (1989), which brought back many of the original cast and much more successfully recaptured the originals wackiness. There was a further attempt to bring the series back with Get Smart (1995), which reunited a now aging Don Adams and Barbara Feldon and featured Andy Dick playing Smarts son, but this was dismal and only lasted a merciful seven episodes. Get Smart (2008) was a big screen remake of the tv series starring Steve Carrell as Maxwell Smart and with Anne Hathaway as Agent 99.