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Bernie Kopell: When Max stops a car in Washington, D.C., the driver is played by Bernie Koppell, the original Siegfried.
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Barbara Feldon, the original Agent 99, allegedly turned down an invitation to appear in the movie.
Anne Hathaway split her shin open on a pole during filming, resulting in fifteen stitches.
When the project was in development in 1998, Jim Carrey was attached to star.
Steve Carell and B.J. Novak did uncredited work on the script.
Agent 23 tells Max that assassinations are prohibited by Executive Order 12333. Order 12333 was in fact signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981 and had a broader purpose to require coordination between the Federal agencies and the CIA, but did reiterate an existing policy against political assassinations.
One of the items in CONTROL's display cases is a two small domes connected by a tube, a Portable Cone of Silence from the original series.
James Caan, who plays the President, was a good friend and golfing buddy of Don Adams. He also guest-starred in the original Get Smart (1965) television series as Rupert of Rathskeller.
In the Latin American dubbed version, Agent 86 is voiced by Mexican actor Jorge Arvizu a.k.a. "El Tata," who also played the voice of the original Maxwell Smart in the Get Smart (1965) television series. Following his style, the dubbed version includes many local puns and colloquialism.
Will Ferrell was briefly cast as Maxwell Smart before dropping out.
In the opening scene, there is a picture of a wanted criminal on Max's refrigerator. The name of the criminal is Mr. Big, which is the name of the first villain in the original series Get Smart (1965), and the photograph is a one of Michael Dunn, who played the role.
Don Adams, who played the original Maxwell Smart, was born Donald Yarmy. The airline that took Max and 99 to Russia was called Yarmy International as a tribute to him.
The five-minute skydiving scene, where Maxwell Smart falls from the airplane, and is saved by Agent 99, was actually shot in real-life. Led by Norman Kent, a world famous skydiving photographer, a team of professional skydivers shot the entire sequence over a total of seventy jumps during a four-week period, always jumping during sunset and sunrise, to keep continuity in the scene.
The woman in the photo behind the Chief's desk is Jane Dulo, who played 99's mother in Get Smart (1965).
The film is dedicated to Don Adams and Edward Platt, the original Maxwell Smart and Chief, who had both passed away prior to production of this movie in 2005 and 1974, respectively.
Kristin Kreuk, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Rachel McAdams were all considered for the part of Agent 99.
The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2006 Blacklist, a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.
There were several Second City alumni in this movie. Steve Carell was a member of the Chicago troupe in 1991, as was Bill Murray in 1973, Alan Arkin in 1961, and David Koechner in 1994. Nate Torrence, who plays Lloyd, was a member of the Cleveland and the Los Angeles troupes, and was also a member of the Groundlings.
WWE Wrestler Khali plays the role of Dalip Singh, an assassin, in the movie. Dalip Singh is his name in real-life.
In the skydiving scene, Fred Whitsitt was acting as a stunt double for Steve Carell. At every jump, Whitsitt would carry a custom-made skydiving rig hidden under his jacket. When reaching the right altitude, the jacket would open on his back and allow the parachute to be deployed.
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To hear the performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's 9th, Siegfried tunes the car radio to 91.5 FM. This is the frequency for KUSC, the Classical Music Station in Los Angeles.
There are two W.W.E. wrestlers in the movie, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Dalip "Khali" Singh.
In the first scene in CONTROL's board room, Max plays the intercepted audio of a conversation about decaf coffee and muffins, and he simultaneously translates it to English. The original conversation is in Persian.
The first item in the display of old CONTROL equipment is Max's Shoe Phone.
In one scene, Dalip crashes into an apartment where a Russian mother and son are watching Batman Begins (2005) on television. Anne Hathaway would later play Selina Kyle a.k.a. Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
Don Adams had wanted Eric McCormack to play Maxwell Smart, but McCormack was not considered for the role.
Shipped to some theaters under the name "The Believer."
Jessica Biel was considered for the role of Agent 99.
Max's pseudonym when he infiltrates KAOS, "Nudnik Shpilkes", is actually two Yiddish words that have crept into the English language. "Nudnik" means an annoying person (like the word "noodge") and "Shpilkes" means impatience or agitation. An appropriate description of Max at that point, from KAOS' point of view.
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The Chief's first name, Thaddeus, is never mentioned in the movie.
Steve Carrel and David Koechner also starred together in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013).
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There were plans to produce a sequel but Steve Carell passed when he read the new script. Carell himself, later wrote his own script that director Peter Segal liked. But between Anne Hathaway's rising success after this film and the departure of executive Alan Horn who was shepherding the first film before he went to Disney, Steve Carell said it was unlikely that they'd make a sequel when asked during his press rounds for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.
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Leonard Stern: As the pilot of the airplane that The Chief and Max commandeer. Stern was one of the producers of the original Get Smart (1965) television series.
Bill Murray: As Agent 13.


The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Other nods to the original show include:
  • Agent 13 hiding in an unusual spot (he hid all over the place) and his habit of crying (Ship of Spies).
  • The question (and rather crude joke) of whether the Claw might be "the Craw," as it was not easy to tell which he was saying. The series of opened doors that lead to the phone booth entrance to Control. The phone booth rapid elevator;
  • Siegfried's line "Schtarker, this is KAOS, we don't (whatever it is) here!"
  • the dog named "Fang" (in the original series, he was an agent numbered K13).
  • 99's deep infatuation with Max.
  • The Cone of Silence not working the way it was supposed to (only did once in the original series, but the chief got trapped beneath it).
  • The bomb in the piano.
  • The old German driver shouting, "Dummkopf!" Max getting caught in the final sliding door in the entry hall, when it does not close right away, and he went to check it (although, in the original show, he only got bumped in the nose, not crushed as in the film).
  • The three cars driven by Max at various times in the opening credits of the series (a Sunbeam Tiger, a VW Karmann Ghia, and an Opel GT) appear in the film as well.

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