The Nude Bomb (The Return of Maxwell Smart) (1980) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Nude Bomb (The Return of Maxwell Smart) (1980)



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Maxwell Smart, the infamous Agent 86 from the '60s television sitcom Get Smart, makes his feature-film debut in this goofy espionage spoof. This time, Smart and his cohorts must stop enemy spies from detonating a bomb that would destroy all the world's clothing.


Don Adams
as Maxwell Smart
Rhonda Fleming
as Edith Von Secondberg
Andrea Howard
as Agent 22
Norman Lloyd
as Carruthers
Bill Dana
as Jonathon Levinson Seigle
Gary Imhoff
as Jerry Krovney
Sarah Rush
as Pam Krovney
Vittorio Gassman
as Nino Salvatore Sebastiani
Walter Brooke
as American Ambassador
Thomas Hill
as President
Ceil Cabot
as Landlady
Joey Forman
as Agent 13
Patrick Gorman
as French Delegate
Earl Maynard
as Jamaican Delegate
Alex Rodine
as Russian Delegate
Richard Sanders
as German Delegate
Vito Scotti
as Italian Delegate
Byron Webster
as English Delegate
Horst Ehrhardt
as Polish Delegate
James Noble
as Secretary of Defense
James Gavin
as Helicopter Pilot
Robert Ball
as Harrington
Hap Lawrence
as Sergeant Major
Ashley Cox
as Model #1
Nick Dimitri
as KAOS #1
Fred Lerner
as KAOS #2
Bond Gideon
as KAOS Guard
Chere Bryson
as Tourist
Glynn Rubin
as Tourist
Dick Durock
as Jumpmaster
Richard Washington
as Blue Limo Driver
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Critic Reviews for The Nude Bomb (The Return of Maxwell Smart)

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5)

The Nude Bomb is an uneven spy spoof that combines clever dialogue with unfunny chases and pointless fistfights.

July 17, 2019 | Full Review…

The rebirth of the bumbling Mr. Smart must have come as good news to all his fans who have been watching reruns of Get Smart for the last 10 years. But the full-length movie version known as "The Nude Bomb" will disappoint them.

April 28, 2018 | Full Review…

'From a character conceived by Mel Brooks', reads the blurb, and there are various nods to his style of humour throughout this bitty spoof. But the rest relies more on technology than style, and on mediocre effects that can't carry the plot.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

I sort of enjoyed it, but it's thoroughly bankrupt filmmaking.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

It ain't get "Get Smart", but it's great to see Adams back with the shoephone!

August 17, 2008 | Rating: 3/5

Mildly amusing early on when it sticks to puns and one-liners, but falls apart quickly as it degenerates into a series of dumb comic action sequences. Easier to sit through when I was 8.

June 21, 2008 | Rating: 4/10

Audience Reviews for The Nude Bomb (The Return of Maxwell Smart)

The original series ran from '65-'70 and this movie was made in 1980. It's not very good, but better than the remake with Steve Carell in my opinion because it maintains the humor and style of the original. The characters and concepts were created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry so that should give you an idea of the type of humor. Evidently the producers wanted The Nude Bomb title and plot line, but some of the writers from the series had other ideas. The writers weren't allowed on set to prevent them from suggesting changes, but I think if the writers had been trusted more the movie could have been better. It's a PG movie, the nude bomb was hardly worth it. James Bond obviously became popular in the 60's, but there was a lot of spy fiction to spoof. The Pink Panther movies did the same thing with the same sort of pratfalls, non-sequitors, and bad puns. Then there were the Naked Gun movies and Austin Powers continuing to spoof spy adventures. But I was most surprised to realize that the 80's cartoon Inspector Gadget, which I grew up with, is basically a carbon copy of Get Smart from a couple decades before. Don Adams plays the same bumbling detective/agent character with often defective gadgets built into everyday items or on his person. The evil organization, how he completes his missions, a running gag about an agent that can hide in any object, it's all the same. Just do a couple minor cosmetic changes to a few supporting characters and the Get Smart formula got a second life for a few years in the 80's. If you liked the original Get Smart series or the cartoon Inspector Gadget, this probably won't blow you away, but you'll enjoy yourself for an hour and a half.

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