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Condorman (1981)

condorman-wingspanCondorman came from Walt Disney Productions and starred Michael Crawford, Barbara Carrera and Oliver Reed. Inspired by Robert Sheckley’s The Game of X, the movie Woodrow “Woody” Wilkins (Crawford), an imaginative, yet eccentric, comic book writer and illustrator who demands a sense of realism for his comic book hero “Condorman”, to the point where he crafts a Condorman flying suit of his own and launches himself off the Eiffel Tower. The test flight fails as his right wing breaks, sending him crashing into the Seine River.

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Later after the incident, Woody is asked by his friend, CIA file clerk Harry (James Hampton), to perform what appears to be a civilian paper swap in Istanbul. Upon arriving in Istanbul, he meets a beautiful Russian named Natalia Rambova (Carrera), who poses as the Russian civilian with whom the exchange is supposed to take place, but it is later revealed that she is in fact a KGB spy.

Woody does not tell Natalia his real name, and instead fabricates his identity to her as a top American agent code-named “Condorman”. During the encounter, Woody fends off a group of would-be assassins and saves her life by sheer luck before accomplishing the paper trade. Impressed by Woody, and disgusted by how she was treated by her lover/boss Krokov (Reed) when she returns to Moscow, Natalia decides to defect and asks the CIA to have “Condorman” be the agent that helps her…

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