What a fun little adventure espionage movie! Woodrow Wilkins is a cartoonist who likes to test real-life costumes for his comic book character Condorman. Also, his best friend is a CIA desk agent who ends up asking Woody to do an innocuous civilian exchange for the agency. Only Natalia, the other civilian, is actually a KGB agent and when she decided to defect, she requests “Condorman” as her liaison.
The whole thing is very silly, but silly Cold War-era espionage movies with a ton of fun gadgets is very pleasing to me. I mean, it’s James Bond but with the cheese factor knowingly turned up way higher. There are quite a few cliches, especially in how Natalia is written, but that’s pretty much all made up for when you have a chase with a gypsy wagon that turns into a car that turns into a hydrofoil, all at the push of a few buttons.
I…really can’t think of much else to say about this. I can definitely see it being something I return to in the future because of how fun and silly and endearing it is.
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directed by Charles Jarrott, written by Marc Stirdivant
starring Michael Crawford, Oliver Reed, Barbara Carrera, James Hampton
I’m ranking all my Challenge films on Flickchart (as I do all the films I see), a movie-ranking website that asks you to choose your favorite between two movies until it builds a ranked list of your favorites. Just for fun, I will average out the rankings and keep a running tally of whose recommendations rank the highest. When you add a film to Flickchart, it pits it against films already on your chart to see where it should fall. Here’s how Condorman entered my chart:
Condorman > Sylvia Scarlett
Condorman < The Shining
Condorman > The Three Caballeros
Condorman < The Moon-Spinners
Condorman > Gone Girl
Condorman > Thirteen Conversations About One Thing
Condorman < Little Shop of Horrors
Condorman < The Battle of Algiers
Condorman > Breakfast on Pluto
Condorman < Why Donâ€™t You Play In Hell?
Condorman < Los tallos amargos
Condorman > Love Crime (2010)
Final #1212 out of 3718 (67%)
It is now my #1 Charles Jarrott film, my #1 Michael Crawford film, my #3 Oliver Reed film, my #27 Action Comedy, my #22 Spy Film, my #25 Superhero film, and my #6 film of 1981.
Condorman was recommended by Andrew Robinson, a film blogger friend. Averaging together this #1212 ranking with my #930 ranking of his other film, The Color of Money, gives Andrew an average ranking of 1071.
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