A top secret chemical formula has been stolen by STENCH (the Society for the Total Extinction of Non-Conforming Humans), and so Agent Simpkins and his three trainees are hot on the trail, chasing the villains across the world. There are gadgets galore, and disguises are compulsory if the heroes are to win the day from The Fat Man, Dr Milchman and Dr Crow!
Simon N. McIntosh-Smith <Simon.N.Smith@cs.cf.ac.uk>
Here Come Secret Agents O-O-Oh!
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Did You Know?
In the first treatment by Norman Hudis
, Kenneth Connor
was cast as secret agent Bold, Hattie Jacques
as Dauntless, Joan Sims
as Valliant and Sidney James
as the head of the the spies. Four months later the basic script was the same, but Kenneth Williams
was now the leader with the spy ring now consisting of Sidney James
as Lucky Dexter, Joan Sims
as Janie May, Kenneth Connor
as Art Accleston, Charles Hawtrey
as Fingers Allen and Esma Cannon
as the administrator Amelia Barley. Peter Rogers
, however, wasn't happy with the script. He'd been hoping for a James Bond parody, but what he got had one scene with the spies disguised as CND activists joining a peace rally. Disenchanted with Norman, who he'd later call a genius, he brought in Talbot Rothwell
to write a new script with the title 'Come Spy With Me', but a month later, it had reverted to the original 'Carry On Spying
(1964)'. See more
When trying to escape from the STENCH HQ, the agents go through some large circular saws and Charles Hawtrey
's suit trousers and jacket are both ripped. Yet, in the next part of the sequence, just before they go through the jets of water, he turns around and his suit is undamaged. See more
[Harold Crump approaches Carstairs, in disguise as the filter tip bootlace salesman
I cannot smoke those, they make me deaf!
A scene - apparently now lost - shows Agent Bind stopping to feed money into a fruit machine as the other recruits are escaping the fun house. It would seem that all existing prints of "Spying" now fade out just before this occurs but there is anecdotal evidence suggesting that this full version had been shown on British TV at least once during the 70s. See more
Followed by Carry on Camping
Played by Harold Crump as he charms the snake See more