June 3, 2016


The Spy Boom in the 1960s spawned a world of copycat movies made on shoestring budgets hoping to cash in on the Bond-wagon. Toward the end of the wave came this interesting curiosity: The Crazy World of the Young (El mundo loco de los j√≥venes/1967). Written and directed by Jose Maria Fernandez Unsain, the film was produced in Mexico and centered around a spy who used a rock band as a cover. I love this premise, of course. What better way to celebrate the impact of cultural elements such as the Cold War and the pop music scene! Music fans will spot the obligatory Hofner and Rickenbacker guitars popularized by The Beatles. And as we've seen in spy films that took place in the world of fashion and photography, the traveling life of the musician made for a great plot device. The movie starred Mexican band Los Dug Dug's, who had come to Mexico City in 1966 to seek their fortune. After stints playing clubs like 2+2 and Hullaballoo, their career began to take off with some recording contracts and songs for television. The coolest aspect of the movie trailer, though, is the playful depiction of TV studios, clubs and dancers- not to mention these great cat costumes! Popular dance TV shows like Shindig and Hullabaloo may have ended in 1966, but The Crazy World of the Young showed that the world was not yet ready to leave those Mod hoofers behind. Below: movie trailer and cat-costume image from the film. I've also included images and a comic promoting 5 de Fresca y 1 de Chocolate (1967), starring Los Dug Dug's and Angelica Maria. Note Angelica Maria's hooded outfit is quite similar to a fashion design I created a few years ago for the star of my upcoming spy novel, Miki Zero. Thanks to Agent K and Jhalal Drut for putting these movies on my radar. Enjoy! 

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