This moment may go down in history.
[while watching Chairman Koz dressed as Santa Claus fighting with Francis O'Reilly ]
He certainly looks like Santa Claus. Very Red.
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This seasonal spy romp hails from the dreaded Season 3.
Russian Premier Georgi Koz ( Akim Tamiroff ) is in New York, and Solo and Kuryakin have to act as bodyguards. He is the target of one assassination attempt after another, most engineered by his own officials. While the U.N.C.L.E. gang endeavor to keep Koz alive, he dresses up as Santa Claus and befriends a terminally ill boy.
Koz is based on Nikita Kruschev, right down to the shoe-banged-on-the-table routine. As played by Tamiroff, he is such a overbearing oaf you do not care if he is blown up or not. This is a typical Season 3 mish-mash ( William Fay's only script for the series ), and everyone gives the impression of being asleep at the wheel. Kent Smith, who was 'Edgar Scoville' in Season 2 of 'The Invaders', plays 'Mr.Macy' of the famous department store, of which there is plenty of stock footage on view.
Gerald Fried's incidental music is loaded with snatches of traditional carols, such as 'Good King Wencelas' and 'Jingle Bells'. It is enough to turn you off Christmas completely. If 'Amos Burke Secret Agent' had been one-tenth this bad, I would understand why it was cancelled after seventeen episodes.
Compliments of the season to all my friends at I.M.D.B., particularly 'Cornonthecobb', 'Ecky Thump', 'Cyril Blake', 'Hyvot' and 'Missstephie'. Have a good time!
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