As a promotion for the movie, on Tuesday, Syfy is showing all 26 episodes of the 1966 TV series with Van Williams and Bruce Lee from 10 AM to 11 PM. I never seen any of them, just the Batman guest appearances. I wonder if they're included? I'm going to tape some of it. Anyone else?
BTW, did you know that the original Green Hornet was the grand-nephew of the Lone Ranger and the inspiration for DC's Crimson Avenger and the Sandman?
Good lord, that Bruce Lee was beautiful! Not necessarily physically attractive, but watching him fight - even choreographed fighting - was like a symphony for the eyes! Just watching him walk across the room made me think of him moving in slow motion, no action wasted... one of the great reasons to watch Green Hornet, and the producers and Van Williams sure seemed to know it.
Oh, and while the later episodes were undoubtedly superior to the initial ones . . . you can probably skip "Invasion from Outer Space." Good villain concept done only adequately, female cheesecake thrown in . . . I dunno, for female cheesecake value . . . Britt Reid having a TV camera live feed in his den? At least, one would think it would be be in . . . say . . . a TV studio. I know, I know, another set means another scene, and costs more money. Still . . . it wasn't so hot.
I heard a review of the new Green Hornet movie on the radio this morning and read one in the paper just now. Both were negative.
Another great post Commander, although I'd have to take issue with your "knee-jerk PC reaction" point.
It's perfectly reasonable to criticise previous generations for giving ethnic minorities roles like 'HouseBOY' even though they are grown men.
Perhaps there were white characters that had such condescending job titles, but I can't think of any. Saying that everyone had these attitudes doesn't wash either. I have the feeling that had Green Hornet, for instance, been made by Asians or Asian-Americans, then the relationship between the two leads would have been framed differently. I'm sure people on the recieiving end of these societal attitudes knew offensive when they saw it, even though they lived in the same era. How did Bruce Lee feel about playing a 'Houseboy', I wonder? So perhaps it's better to say some people - people with clout in the industry in this case - didn't know any better, or care to know any better.
Saying there was a profusion of good roles for ethnic minorities in 60's TV is probably overstating it too, although they were making a good enough start.
Another great post Commander . . . .
. . . although I'd have to take issue with your "knee-jerk PC reaction" point.
. . . . the sense of moral superiority that subsequent generations always seem to have about previous ones.
I only know the Green Hornet from a UK Sixties Christmas annual, and the Batman telly show. Didn't like the film, though.
I reviewed it for my mate Amber's website, Eye For Film