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New York Times review: Agent From H.A.R.M. [message #184182] Fri, 06 January 2012 14:27 Go to next message
nebusj- is currently offline  nebusj-
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This Day In MSTory mentioned that on this date in 1966 the
New-York Daily Times reviewed _Agent From H.A.R.M._, and at least this
time in searching for it I found the whole review:

http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9B04E5DD153BE333A 25755C0A9679C946791D6CF&scp=1&sq=%22agent+from+h.a.r .m.%22&st=p

Screen: Pale Bond Copy:'Agent From H.A.R.M.'
Tops a Double Bill

Published: January 6, 1966
HERE we go again.still another anemic James Bond
imitation called "Agent From H.A.R.M." and a bouncy,
pinheaded rock 'n' roller called "Wild Wild Winter." Double
fooey on this double bill, churning into neighborhood theaters
yesterday, courtesy of Universal.

There's one good thing about them. Both films, whether
by design or accident, have excellent, subdued, natural color.
But oh boy---the rest of them! And it adds up to 164 minutes of
sitting. Colorful, yes. but wearing. Try it.

H.A.R.M. according to Universal, stands for the Human
Aetiological Relations Machine. In plain English, and painfully
clear viewing, this means that Wendell Corey, a security chief,
sits at a push-button desk in Washington and directs the
California cloak-and-dagger antics of Mark Richman, the Bond boy
this go-round.

Blandly confident, Mr. Richman zips along the Los Angeles
coastline, protecting a nervous scientist from a gang of
singularly cleancut Iron Curtain operators. They're all cleancut,
that is, but Martin Kosleck, that wily veteran of accented
skulduggery, which is a tip-off to the tattered, hand-me-down
fabrications of the whole thing.

Those include some super-duper pop guns and transistors
and the usual, wide-eyed, willowy blonde not to be trusted but
certainly to be kissed. This time it's Barbara Bouchet and she's
not bad---not to look at. But even the jaunty angularity of the
photography and a thumping Bond-type musical score can't
camouflage a bony sham made for a fast buck.

Maybe "Wild Wild Winter" will make the teen-agers tingle
---the ones planning to attend a snow-draped college, thronged
with giggly students who periodically raise the roof with
rock-'n'-roll blasting. The picture is clean, at least and at
most. Higher education? Swing it, man!



I'm just intrigued that they hyphenate ``teen-agers'' but not
``cleancut''.

--
http://nebusresearch.wordpress.com/ Joseph Nebus
Current Entry: From Drew Carey To An Imaginary Baseball Player
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Re: New York Times review: Agent From H.A.R.M. [message #184183 is a reply to message #184182] Mon, 09 January 2012 16:52 Go to previous message
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On Jan 6, 2:27 pm, nebu...@-rpi-.edu (Joseph Nebus) wrote:
>         This Day In MSTory mentioned that on this date in 1966 the
> New-York Daily Times reviewed _Agent From H.A.R.M._, and at least this
> time in searching for it I found the whole review:
>
> http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9B04E5DD153BE333A 25755C0A9....
>
>                 Screen: Pale Bond Copy:'Agent From H.A.R.M.'
>                 Tops a Double Bill
>
>                 Published: January 6, 1966
>                 HERE we go again.still another anemic James Bond
>         imitation called "Agent From H.A.R.M." and a bouncy,
>         pinheaded rock 'n' roller called "Wild Wild Winter." Double
>         fooey on this double bill, churning into neighborhood theaters
>         yesterday, courtesy of Universal.
>
>                 There's one good thing about them. Both films, whether
>         by design or accident, have excellent, subdued, natural color.
>         But oh boy---the rest of them! And it adds up to 164 minutes of
>         sitting. Colorful, yes. but wearing. Try it.
>
>                 H.A.R.M. according to Universal, stands for the Human
>         Aetiological Relations Machine. In plain English, and painfully
>         clear viewing, this means that Wendell Corey, a security chief,
>         sits at a push-button desk in Washington and directs the
>         California cloak-and-dagger antics of Mark Richman, the Bond boy
>         this go-round.
>
>                 Blandly confident, Mr. Richman zips along the Los Angeles
>         coastline, protecting a nervous scientist from a gang of
>         singularly cleancut Iron Curtain operators. They're all cleancut,
>         that is, but Martin Kosleck, that wily veteran of accented
>         skulduggery, which is a tip-off to the tattered, hand-me-down
>         fabrications of the whole thing.
>
>                 Those include some super-duper pop guns and transistors
>         and the usual, wide-eyed, willowy blonde not to be trusted but
>         certainly to be kissed. This time it's Barbara Bouchet and she's
>         not bad---not to look at. But even the jaunty angularity of the
>         photography and a thumping Bond-type musical score can't
>         camouflage a bony sham made for a fast buck.
>
>                 Maybe "Wild Wild Winter" will make the teen-agers tingle
>         ---the ones planning to attend a snow-draped college, thronged
>         with giggly students who periodically raise the roof with
>         rock-'n'-roll blasting. The picture is clean, at least and at
>         most. Higher education? Swing it, man!
>
>         I'm just intrigued that they hyphenate ``teen-agers'' but not
> ``cleancut''.

And, how you just can't find people camouflaging bony shams these
days! Ah, for the 60's! :-)

-Doug Elrod (dre1@cornell.edu)
Imagining there were both Bony- and Nonbony- Sham Camouflaging
categories in your typical '60's phone book....
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