It is a well-known fact that the James Bond film series is one of the most often mimicked and spoofed franchises of all time. Anyone remember If Looks Could Kill starring Richard Grieco? How about Spy Hard, starring Leslie Nielsen as Special Agent Dick Steele? There's a million of 'em, and it all started with good ol' 007.
But we're not here to talk about any of those crappy movies today. Today we're going to talk about the two greatest spy movies ever made, movies so good that the secret can no longer be kept.
Forget 007. I want to introduce all of you to Agent 00 (right), diminutive star of the films For Y'ur Height Only and The Impossible Kid. These films were created in the Phillipines in the late 70's. All of the the dialogue was in Tagalog. The action was hot. The girls were hotter. But hottest of all was Agent 00 (his real-life name is Weng Weng), one of the finest actors to ever grace the big screen.
For Y'ur Height Only trailer:
For Y'ur Height Only is chock full of amazing scenes like this one:
The Impossible Kid trailer:
The Impossible Kid is chock full of amazing scenes like this one:
And this one:
Weng Weng stood at a tiny 2'9", but you'd never guess it from his towering presence on screen. In fact, demand for these two films were so great that they were exported to the United States in 1981 and 1982, with amazing English dialogue dubbed in over the original Tagalog.
No joke, both of these movies are total awesomeness and total entertainment, novelty factor be damned. I was lucky enough to watch them on a big screen (via my buddy Joe's home projector), and let me tell you: THERE IS NO WAY YOU WILL BE DISAPPOINTED. Weng Weng is THE FUCKING MAN. They are worth watching for the fight scenes alone, but the bikini babes, sweet gadgets, stunts, and chase scenes make them TRUE CLASSICS.
Watch The Impossible Kid in its entirety via YouTube here. Sorry, no such luck with For Y'ur Height Only. But you CAN purchase a DVD of it here (packaged as a double feature including a kung fu movie starring Bruce Le (only one 'E')!!!). You can also buy The Impossible Kid here.