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Episode guide: 508- Operation Double 007

Movie: (1967) A famed plastic surgeon/hypnotist/championship archer, whose brother is a “top agent,” is recruited to stop a villain and his scheme involving radioactive rugs.

First shown: 9/11/93
Opening: Tom is enjoying Joel’s home movies; Crow is scared
Invention exchange: The Mads show off Frank’s Lederhosen-hosen, Crow has invented Sara, the bobbin’ buzzard
Host segment 1: Joel’s is an evil supervillian! “I know!”
Host segment 2: J&tB parallel the lives of Sean and Neil
Host segment 3: While Joel tries to hypnotize Tom, Torgo returns in Deep 13
End: Dr. F. uses his magnetizer, much to J&tB’s dismay
Stinger: Mr. “Thunderball” pushes the button
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (71 votes, average: 4.76 out of 5)

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• When I converted my ancient VHS tapes to DVD, the one containing this episode was the only one that failed to function. A pal of mine (now, sadly, no longer with us) provided me with a fresh copy. Thanks, buddy. (The last time around, this item led to a discussion of my rickety computer set up. If you’re interested, I did eventually get that mac mini — which, about a year later, died one morning and I had to get a newer one, which is working splendidly, thank you — but I am still struggling with slow and spotty Verizon DSL.)
• This episode appears in Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Vol XXV, as “Operation Kid Brother.” They had to use the alternate title to get the rights.
References.
• This is episode is fun, and funny, but I don’t love it quite as much as the previous couple of shows. The host segments are hit and miss, for one thing. But an even bigger problem for me is that I never understood the bad guy’s plan. Or is it plans? The last time through I pointed to this site, which does a pretty good job of explaining what the heck is going on, but even he gets confused.
• I previously claimed that this is the first mention of swing choir. A commenter proved me wrong.
• Frank really commits to the lederhosen bit. You have to wonder how they felt doing some of those bits, without any audience to tell them if it was hilarious or dreadful. In the absence of feedback, they just committed.
• The Bobbin’ Buzzard is a lovely prop. Kudos to Jef Maynard or whoever was responsible.
• This movie may very well have the greatest theme song of any MSTed movie.
• Callbacks: “Hooray for Santy Claus!” (Santa Claus Conquers the Martians). Tom does the “That must be one of those [fill in noun here]s I’ve heard them talk…about…so…much…lately…” bit twice (Gamera). “There WAS no Yashuko.” (Monster-A-Go-Go). “To see your land!” (Magic Voyage of Sinbad).
• Obscure reference: “Michael, I want all the episodes of Captain Nice burned.”
• If you think this was Neil’s one and only film role, you’re mistaken. He was also in “The Body Stealers” in the 1970s, then he “retired” for a while, but ten years later he returned to movies and has been working intermittently since then. Once you get show bidness in the blood…
• Literary riff: “She thinks she’s in Dresden during the war.”
• The Rodney King incident is still on the writers’ minds.
• Joel makes a rare entrance through the “G” door in the first segment. This segment is a good example of what I call an “aren’t they adorable” sketch. It only works because, at this point, all Joel has to do is look at the camera and arch an eyebrow and we laugh. If you showed this sketch to somebody with no knowledge of the show or its performers, they’d be probably be baffled as to what’s funny about it. But fans who know and love the characters get it. I think it’s hilarious.
• Kevin really tapped into his Catholic upbringing during the nun scene.
• Crow does his Phyllis Diller impression twice, using the same line: “I’m looking for Fang!” (Fang was an invention of Diller’s from her standup days: a boorish husband she could mock. The reason he does it is because the lady’s wacky hat looks like something Diller might have worn in those days.)
• Segment two reminds me of one of those long, over-written, complicated sketches from season two. But you can sense Mike Nelson’s influence: it makes reference to a cheese factory.
• During the weird hijacking scene, Tom notes that the melody in the score sounds very similar to the classic kids’ hymn “Jesus Loves Me.” But what’s interesting is that this mockery displeases Joel, who makes him stop singing it.
• The last time around, I wondered why Beta wants to kill his own henchbabes. A commenter set me straight and this time I realized that Beta himself explains this during the party scene. I must have missed it in a previous viewing.
• Mike returns, eight episodes later, as Torgo. With the lag time these episodes had, I’m guessing the Brains had only recently picked up on the rave reviews from fans about “Manos.”
• Yet another “wha-happa?” “Wha happa” is to season 5 what “I thought you were Dale” was to season 8.
• Dr. F. is nice and evil in the closing segment. Oh, and nice job of building the magnetizer, which looks a LOT like the one in the movie. This was one of those prop-heavy episodes Jef Maynard talked about in the documentary about the show.
• Cast and crew roundup: Director Alberto de Martino also directed “The Pumaman.” Scriptwriter Frank Walker also wrote “Devil Fish.” Costumer Gaia Romanini also worked on “Hercules.” Score composer Ennio Morricone also provided music for “Diabolik.”
In front of the camera, Adolfo Celi was also in “Diabolik.” Lois Maxwell did voice work for “Invaders from the Deep.” Guido Lollobrigida was also in “The Pumaman.”
• Host segments directed by Kevin Murphy. Manager of Business Affairs Heide A. LeClerc becomes Heide A. LeClerc-Becker. Alpine horn provided by: Josef Diethelm. (Diethelm was the front man for a Twin Cities polka band.)
• Fave riff: “Do I have enough time to beat up the band?” Honorable mention: “Oh, who’s the sign for?”

146 Replies to “Episode guide: 508- Operation Double 007”

  1. schippers says:

    #99 – I read somewhere something a bit different about the elder Connery’s reaction to OK Connery, to wit, that Sean did not want Neal to make the movie because Sean feared Neal being exploited by the crass Italian producers.

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  2. Captain Cab says:

    ^^^^

    Very interesting, thanks for that, schippers! Wonder which is true?

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  3. Angie says:

    Fave riff: “Just remember your name is Neil Connery; now get on the plane!”

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  4. This Guy says:

    I noticed that Wikipedia describes this film as a “spoof” of the Bond series. Actual fact? Some ‘kipedia editor’s speculation? A Tommy-Wiseau-style retconning of a terrible movie?

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  5. Shark says:

    I like Neil Connery in this, he wasn’t star material, but I’m surprised he didn’t make more movies. He kinda looked like a cross between Sean Connery and Leonard Nimoy.

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  6. losingmydignity says:

    The film is a lot of fun and this one really starts strongly but then peters out in the second half. Maybe it was the confusing plot line (or lack of one) that undid the Brains in the writing room.

    Love the Morricone music. I’m big fan of those 60’s beat soundtracks.

    Sampo, I’m not sure how the Dresden riff is an “intellectual” one. A literary riff, yes, but intellectual?–it’s not referencing Susan Sontag or Derrida ya know. I’m just saying.

    B+

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  7. Gorn Captain says:

    One thing I’ve wondered about for years, did Lois Maxwell and Bernard Lee ever get any flak from the 007 producers for appearing in this?

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  8. Blast Hardcheese says:

    Gorn Captain:

    Reading between the lines of the Wikipedia entry, it sounds as though EON Productions weren’t too happy about it, but there was probably nothing they could do if there was no direct infringement of the 007 name or characters. I agree with losingmydignity that the film peters out in the second half, mostly because once you’ve established the Sean’s-brother thing, there’s really not much to distinguish this from any other crummy spy movie. For me, it’s the same problem with the riffing–the Brains obviously don’t want to spend 90 minutes on Bond riffs, and the movie doesn’t help by making Bond jokes itself (eg. “You’ve been reading too many novels by Fleming,” which prompts a somewhat half-assed riff from Tom), but without Bond jokes, what else is there? They try their best, and I have to admit I loved the politically-incorrect Katherine Hepburn jokes, but most of the movie was hit-and-miss.

    Loved the host segments, though–Joel’s sexy villain is priceless, and I do like the Neil/Sean Parallel life chart, even if they over-explain the disclaimer at the end (did anyone think they were serious about Neil working in a pizza joint?). The reappearance of Torgo was a stroke of genius, too–just the shot in the arm this episode badly needed at that point.

    One question–if anyone has seen the full movie, can you fill in Neil’s reference to his having challenged Beta/Largo to an archery competition? I assume this is when they first meet–but wha happa?

    losingmydignity–perhaps Sampo assumes that only intellectuals read Vonnegut. Sad, if true.

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  9. stef says:

    This is one of my favorite joel episodes. The movie is good enough to stand on it’s own. Better than certain real Bond films I could name. The woman singing the theme song is scary good. And the end segment with Dr. Forrester’s invention! when I heard a dog bark in the Russian satelite, I actually gasped out loud: “OH NO, LAIKA!!!”

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  10. Fred Burroughs says:

    Maybe this is minutia, but in one of the first scenes with Beta, they joke that he looks like Merv Griffin (very similar hair); I detected that Servo softly says “ooooh,” I believe channeling Rick Moranis’ SCTV version of Merv Griffin, where his impersonation consisted almost entirely of squinting and saying “Ooooh!” after every sentence.

    I still can’t get over the fact that they used Neil’s real name as the character in the movie (and the song!), and that his brother was their top agent. confusing at best, and though they attempt some tongue-in-cheek humour, it makes an obviously ambitious and large-scale film lose its dignity. Then again, it’s Italian, at least the male actors are not wearing tiny tunics a-la Hercules.

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  11. big61al says:

    A #99 “exploited”? Who ever heard of anyone being exploited in the movie making business. Film producers are the most trustworthy, honest, open and fair people. The would never use actor like cannon fodder or create cheap gimmicky films for a quick buck.
    Oh, who am I kidding? They are the worst people and churn out garbage films by the thousands. And for that myself and all the fans of MST3K are forever grateful.

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  12. jjb3k says:

    Three years later and I still love this episode. :D I’ll never, ever get tired of it. Just thinking about some of my favorite riffs still sends me into fits of giggles.

    Frank and Trace are just brilliant in the invention exchange. “I just wanted to be Bavarian for one brief shining moment! IS THAT SO WRONG?” “Oh, Frank, Frank…yes, it is wrong.”

    So apparently, Italian movies in the ’60s were shot entirely without sound, which is why even the American actors get dubbed in these things. Unfortunately, that process kinda shot the producers in the foot with this one, since the guy who dubbed Neil Connery has absolutely no Scottish accent. If they didn’t heavily imply that this dude is James Bond’s brother, I know I’d never believe it.

    I love the “I know” sketch. The way Crow just drops to the floor after Joel kisses him kills me every time. Also, what is Joel smoking? A Kit Kat bar?

    “I can’t read.” God, I love the way Joel delivers that line.

    I like hot girl who keeps losing things, even in spite of her ridiculous outfits (“Who’s your favorite clown? Bozo!”). So naturally, she gets killed. As does Neil’s apparent girlfriend Yashuko, and when she bites it, Neil doesn’t even seem to care. What a jerk!

    If there’s any point to the scene with the can-can dancers who turn into skunk girls, I sure as hell can’t figure it out. But we get a reprise of the Gamera song out of it, which always makes me laugh like a lunatic. So does the riff that immediately follows the scene – “The hell was that?”

    For the life of me, I just can’t figure out what Merv Griffin Guy’s evil plot is. He says something about stealing the world’s gold reserve, but then he’s having blind guys weave radioactive rugs, and then he wants to de-magnetize the world’s electronic equipment? What the sam scratch is going on?

    “You read too many books by Fleming.” Wait, so in this movie’s universe, James Bond is both a real secret agent and a character in Ian Fleming’s novels? Oh, my head hurts…

    “Everything will go on, as if nothing happened.”
    “Nothing has happened…”

    And just when I think this thing can’t get any funnier, along comes the brawl aboard the P.M.S. Pinafore. “He’s wearin’ a Linus shirt!” “Well, that’s no reason to beat him up.”

    “LICORICE?!” *blam* “Oh great, now the boat’s sinking!”

    I mentioned before that I get so caught up in MST3K sometimes that I riff along with Joel and the bots. When Mrs. Pants asks to call London and the bartender says “London, England?”, I always add my own riff – “No, London, Kentucky. What do you think?”

    I’d use this episode to introduce newcomers to the show, were it not for the host segments that are an obvious sequel to “Manos: The Hands of Fate”. Still great stuff, though. “ThE MAstEr wANteD yOu tO haVE tHEse cOupoNS…hE waNTed yOU tO hAVe thEm buT I’m gIVinG thEm tO yOU…”

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  13. jjk says:

    As a big fan of the Bond films of the 60’s this was a favorite episode of mine. It even has real Bond actors(no, not Mr. Connery’s brother). With a bigger budget and some of the silliest parts removed I could see Sean doing this as a real Bond picture. It’s a good attempt at simulating the real thing.

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  14. Alex says:

    I love this one. I was watching it that saturday and Dr. Foresster announces that the film stars Sean Connery’s brother, Neil. I thought ‘OH, they’re just puttin’ us on.’ Then the movie comes on and I go ‘Oh, it is Sean Connery’s brother!’ I showed a tape of this to my friends at the time and the got a kick out of it. I’m sure this is why a couple of us went to see Golden Eye when it came out.

    YOu get great jokes like ‘Attention, Thunderbirds!’

    ‘I am the Egg-Man, Koo Koo Kachoo!’

    I can’t believe the film makers got away with making this.

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  15. Kali says:

    Obscure reference: “Michael, I want all the episodes of Captain Nice burned.”

    Tom does the same gag early in Diabolik – pretty good impression, too. Actually, what little I’ve seen of Captain Nice isn’t too bad. After all, Captain Nice is also the voice of KITT. :-)

    Which explains why they used the gag in Diabolik (he does have the black trans-am) and probably here too, but I haven’t seen Double Double 007 in a while…

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  16. Watch-out-for-Snakes says:

    I like this episode a lot more than on my initial viewing, which was something like 4 years ago. I enjoy this one more than Secret Agent Super Dragon, as far as spy movies go. Host Segments #1 and #3 are both great (Torgo!) and count me down as a fan of the overwritten HS#2. The Invention Exchange is sorta weak, but I think that’s the point……?

    The movie is pretty poor, but really enjoyably odd at times, the all girl gang for example, and calling his character “Connery,” and the whole hypnotizing thing…, yeah, this is a bad spy movie, but a fun bad one.

    Also I would say that the “I KNOW!” skit is to Operation Double 007 what the Super Dragon jazz number is to Secret Agent Super Dragon. That is to say, one of it’s best moments.

    RIFFS:

    Crow: “You know when there’s 4 people on a screenplay there’s gonna be trouble.”

    Joel: “Oh that’s nice, they have a bar sign for the pilots.”

    Joel: “She’s making a human burrito!”

    Crow: “Do I have enough time to beat up the band?”

    Servo: “WOW! What a cigarette!”

    Crow: “Consider Northern Illinois University….” ———–I went to Southern Illinois University………

    Crow: “Am I tripping, Joel?”



    Like I said, I like this one, would consider it a solid watch.

    Operation Double 00 4/5

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  17. Sitting Duck says:

    jjb3k #112: Wait, so in this movie’s universe, James Bond is both a real secret agent and a character in Ian Fleming’s novels? Oh, my head hurts

    It wouldn’t be much different from the 19th century dime novels that featured Wild Bill Hikock and other real life Wild West personalities.

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  18. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    >>>an even bigger problem for me is that I never understood the bad guy’s plan. Or is it plans?

    Well, either it’s so complicated that the movie only shows us part of it, or he’s INSANE and his plans make no sense to anyone but him in the first place. Seriously, the richer you get, the less sense you’re expected to make, anyway. Even in the real world, plenty of people don’t care if they UNDERSTAND what what they’re getting paid to do. As long as the check clears, what do they care?

    Adolfo Celi played several Italian spy/action villains. Somewhere somebody’s probably written up some sort of fictional bio under the presumption that they were all the SAME villain. He’s not just any villain who inexplicably comes back from the dead, he’s one that’s smart enough to NOT obsess over the guy who foiled his evil scheme last time but instead just moves on to the next evil scheme without him.

    “”Well, THAT scheme didn’t work, guess I should think up another one. Whatever I end up doing, at least now I know to stay away from THAT guy, anyway.”

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  19. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    #84: Somebody needs to explain the projecting the movie on the naked girl’s back thing. If I had a hot naked girl lying around, a movie projected on her back would not be what I choose to do with her.

    Well, nobody said it was the FIRST thing he “did with her.”

    Besides, with SO MANY beautiful women working for him, he probably spends a lot of time thinking of how to put them to work in any conceivable capacity whatsoever.

    Again, as long as the check clears, it’s probably all the same to them. Why do you think the “background” women in movies like this tend to look so BORED? “Yeah, sure, movie screen, whatever, at least I don’t have to run around on deck in a sailor suit. Wonder what I should fix for dinner tonight.”

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  20. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    >>>Obscure reference: “Michael, I want all the episodes of Captain Nice burned.”

    >>>Tom does the same gag early in Diabolik – pretty good impression, too. Actually, what little I’ve seen of Captain Nice isn’t too bad. After all, Captain Nice is also the voice of KITT.

    Hence “Michael.” ;-)

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  21. Droppo says:

    4 stars from Droppo. Very funny the whole way through but not an all-time classic. The “I know” sketch is a highlight. Kevin, in particular, during the opening song is hilarious.

    I enjoy the episode a lot but to me Warrior of the Lost World, Eegah!, I Accuse My Parents and Mitchell are the true greats from Joel’s half of Season 5.

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  22. Neros says:

    The theme song in the experiment is one of my favorites, too — so much so that I tracked down a copy of the soundtrack and then drove myself crazy deciphering the lyrics. (Most of it is easy to understand, but a couple of lines stumped me for a long time. One in particular: “He is the only one I ever fell in love with / Head over heels like a fool I’ve gone and fallen for the man…”)

    Such a crazy, catchy song! Of course, when I sing along in my head, half the time I replace the actual lyrics with the ones from Tom, Crow, and Joel…

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  23. trickymutha says:

    There’s a James Bond marathon on Encore and a cavalcade of MST stars- Richard Kiel, Joe Don Baker, Guy Doleman and Adolfo Celi to name a few. (DA DA DA DA DA DA DA).

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  24. trickymutha says:

    Shirley Eaton and Martin Benson too.

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  25. Bombastic Biscuit Boy says:

    HEEEE likes to wear mittens! HEEEEE has a deviated septum!

    There’s nothin’ “middle of the road” in this one…it’s just GREAT! Not much to add here, the film is a failure both as a “serious” spy film and a parody.

    My favorite part is where our hero reads a note for about 2 minutes. When he finally looks up, Joel chimes in with “I can’t read!” It gets me every time!!

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  27. Ian L. says:

    Loved the Sean vs. Neil sketch.

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  28. dakotaboy says:

    “Neil’s life hit a new low when Domino’s stopped delivering to him due to bounced checks.”

    Anyone else remember when restaurants used to accept checks?

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  29. Bruce Boxliker says:

    Still one of my favorite all-time episodes! Hilarious all the way through, both riffing & host segments.

    For those interested, it looks like the (presumably) uncut movie is up on Amazon Prime video.

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  30. Michael Howe says:

    This is one of those episodes where I get on my soapbox…regarding Yashuko.

    As some have said from these spy movies, women in most capacities are treated as little more than objects.

    Someone pointed out that Ward was a pretty horrible husband, to turn his wife into a secret-keeper.

    Then for the rest of the film, Yashuko is hypnotized, kidnapped, tortured, transported around like furniture, and then to add insult to injury…she’s shot by the female enemy agent who Sean could have easily just captured and turned in…but no, he needed her alive so she could lead them to their location…which they seemed to have found without her help (and ridiculous ‘I dropped my/lost my’ stupidity!).

    And of course, Yashuko’s dead body just lies on the ground as they casually talk about what Sean got out of her before she was shot…plus, I’m pretty sure they just left her body there.

    …yes…I’m bitter…

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  31. Sitting Duck says:

    Operation Double 007 passes the Bechdel Test.The old woman subjects Yoshiko to a general interrogation.

    The War of the Colossal MST3K Fan Guide makes an interesting point on how Neil Connery, with his hypnotism and his goatee, would be better suited as a Bond villain. A missed opportunity on the part of the Bond franchise producers.

    Appearing in League of Unextraordinary Gentlemen and One Woman was probably another point where Sean’s line dipped below Neil’s.

    I’m not sure I follow what prompted them to start singing the Gamera song. Unless it was the presence of an inept military on the screen.

    @ #130: Guess I’ll look, then.

    Favorite riffs

    If William Conrad were there, they could watch a letterbox version.

    What’s Moneypenny doing there? Isn’t that a conflict of interest?

    Claude Rains pops the clutch, and tells the world to eat his dust.

    “She appears to have unusual willpower. I’m afraid it would take too long.”
    I found that out the hard way.

    I want this problem called Maria taken care of. Permanently.

    Human Cleaners will clean your humans overnight.

    “This is beginning to look pretty serious.”
    We’d better bring Sean in.

    Can I get your brother’s autograph?

    If you love your hostage, let her go.

    Junior Samples and Linda Hunt in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

    I’m a pickin’.
    And I’m a killin’.

    Terrorists were more fun back then.

    High on a hill lived a lonely goatherd, so you might want to take an alternate route this afternoon.

    Sean Connery’s brother won’t be back again. In anything.

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  32. Johnny's nonchalance says:

    Alpine horn provided by: Josef Diethelm. (Diethelm was the front man for a Twin Cities polka band.)

    In other words, Diethelm was the helmsman.

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  33. EricJ says:

    dakotaboy:
    “Neil’s life hit a new low when Domino’s stopped delivering to him due to bounced checks.”

    Anyone else remember when restaurants used to accept checks?

    Did Domino’s EVER accept checks?

    And yeah, with Season 5, and Joel thinking about his retirement, the “Blame the guy who bugged us, the movie’s all HIS fault!” tone of Creeping Mike-ism starts to come in, with the writers practically having to legally disclaimer the “Sean vs. Neil” sketch every other line against actual libel. (Perish the thought that the show would ever make other jokes about other episode stars being drunk, gluttonous or oily.)
    Between this and the “Whatever happened to Megaweapon?” segment in WotLW, there starts to be more and more love for jokes about washed-up episode stars living with their sister and brother-in-law in welfare obscurity.

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  34. littleaimishboy says:

    Speaking of totally fearlessly committing, full speed ahead and damn the torpedoes (as mentioned in bullet point number six), let’s take our hats off to theme song artist Christy!!! She makes Shirley Bassey seem like Jean Ritchie (that’s one for the Obscure Reference fans).

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  35. Gare.Chicago says:

    EricJ: Did Domino’s EVER accept checks?

    Yes. I worked there for a while in the 80’s, and there were those customers who would pay with a check, which drew the ire of every driver, because time is money, damn you!

    EricJ: Did Domino’s EVER accept checks?

    And yeah, with Season 5, and Joel thinking about his retirement, the “Blame the guy who bugged us, the movie’s all HIS fault!” tone of Creeping Mike-ism starts to come in, with the writers practically having to legally disclaimer the “Sean vs. Neil” sketch every other line against actual libel.(Perish the thought that the show would ever make other jokes about other episode stars being drunk, gluttonous or oily.)
    Between this and the “Whatever happened to Megaweapon?” segment in WotLW, there starts to be more and more love for jokes about washed-up episode stars living with their sister and brother-in-law in welfare obscurity.

    This has been pointed out before, but I honestly have to ask, because I don’t know: do you just have a total disdain for this show, or only against Joel, or are you trolling, or what? Your posts seem to be absolutely dripping with vitriol most of the time, and I don’t get it.

    Gare.Chicago

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  36. euphoriafish says:

    I also am surprised Neil Connery wasn’t in more movies, as Shark says up there. He’s a little skeezy in the hypnosis scenes but awesome otherwise.

    In a side note, it really bugs me to hear those showgirls referred to as bird-skunks. They are obviously feathered cats because the song is meowing at us on their behalf, and one of them had a run in with Pepe Le Pew due to the white stripe which was a mistake from walking under a whitewash dipped paintbrush as referenced during a riff during the showgirl scene. I always looked up from my coloring book or toys for the meowing then lost track of them before we ever find out what an atomic nucleus is.

    This one has nothing overtly censorable but is totally sleazy and inappropriate for children. I thought the crossbow shootout was really cool and I wanted one of those handheld projectors like whoa till I was halfway through college and realized YUCK! What was I watching in the girl yacht and showgirl scenes. Then I bought a copy of What’s Up Tigerlily and realized that movie actually made about as much sense but my mind was in the gutter again, and then I swore off these spysploitation movies forever but wow, Moneypenny was there all along so I’m just today realizing Agent Maxwell is the only totally redeemable character in this movie.

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  37. thequietman says:

    “All of a sudden I’m hungry for Cracker Jack and I don’t know why…”

    This one doesn’t hold up as well for me as Eegah and I Accuse My Parents do, but it definitely has its moments. The ‘I know!’ sketch is hilarious from the moment Joel struts out from behind the door, while the Torgo bit really hits home now having watched the episodes in order.

    Others have commented on the misogyny underlying the portrayals of some of the women in this movie, and I’ll forever consider the ‘Can-Can’ girls sequence one of the most surreal things I’ve ever seen in a MST’d movie, but one thing I don’t think anyone’s mentioned yet is this; would this be the only spy movie with an actual cavalry charge at the climax?

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  38. fireballil says:

    I really think singing during the movie’s title sequence is one of the show’s best musical sequences ever. I hope music is a big part of the new show. ‘HEEEEEEE’S a real big fan of Delta BURRRRRRRRRRRRKE!’ :-D

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  39. Sitting Duck says:

    Operation Double 007 got mentioned in this recent Cracked article (at number three).

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  40. schippers says:

    Regarding the movie’s misogyny – it surely is, no question, and shouldn’t get a pass. I hasten to add, though, that the exact same charge can be leveled against just about any other spy movie. We can probably trace the woman-hating DNA back to Ian Fleming, whose Bond on the page was (or so I have read) a monster.

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  41. Bruce Boxliker says:

    Sacre bleu, huh?

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  42. Ray Dunakin says:

    Although I wouldn’t quite list it as a favorite, I’ve always really liked this episode. Most of the movie has enough goofy stuff to provide plenty of riff fodder. And the Segment 2 bit comparing careers of the Connery brothers still cracks me up every time.

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  43. Jeff says:

    I just realized this movie’s title makes about as much sense as Attack of the the Eye Creatures. The title includes both ‘007’ and the word ‘double’, so it’s Operation Double Oh Oh Seven. They just didn’t care.

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  44. Ray Dunakin says:

    Jeff:
    I just realized this movie’s title makes about as much sense as Attack of the the Eye Creatures. The title includes both ‘007’ and the word ‘double’, so it’s Operation Double Oh Oh Seven.They just didn’t care.

    I believe this was intentional. He’s not 007, he’s 007’s brother. So he’s kind of a “double” for 007.

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  45. Sitting Duck says:

    For the record, in the DVD menu, the following is what is written on the clipboard Neil is holding:

    Neil Connery Stunt Double Auditions

    1) Dr. Clayton Forrester: Too much hair! Possibly mad. Svelte though.

    2) TV’s Frank: Kind of ditzy. Probably not svelte.

    3) Crow T. Robot: Who sent these guys? Could help him. Not going to. Coordination issues. Can he even move his arms?

    4) Tom Servo

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  46. Shrike says:

    “Creeping Mike-ism?” EricJ’s bitter, irrational, ignorant hatred will be more and more at the fore as ‘Mitchell’ approaches. I look forward to ignoring the giant slabs of vitriol he’ll be spewing from now until ‘Danger: Diabolik’ rolls around again.

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