February 18, 2011


Nothing says "weekend" like Matt Helm: dancing, refreshments, battling evil, and an electronic bed that delivers you gently into your own gigantic bubble bath! The character Matt Helm was created by novelist Donald Hamilton and appeared in 27 books since 1960. A spy-spoof film series with Dean Martin (1917-1995) included The Silencers (1966), Murderers' Row (1966), The Ambushers (1967), and The Wrecking Crew (1969). A brief TV adaptation ran for 13 episodes in 1975. Info about the Matt Helm books here. Cinema Retro's piece about The Wrecking Crew here.

Here's a fun tribute piece to The Silencers, which co-starred Victor Buono (1938-1982), a great character actor who made appearances on all of the major spy shows of the 1960s, including The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Girl From U.N.C.L.E., I Spy, Wild Wild West, and many others. You may remember him as King Tut on Batman. Soundtrack by Elmer Bernstein (1922-2004/Magnificent Seven). Happy Weekend, Spy Vibers!

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