Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Louis Edmonds in COME SPY WITH ME, 1967

Chances are, if you've heard the phrase COME SPY WITH ME, it was in reference to the song by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, which was the theme to a 1967 comedy thriller starring TROY DONAHUE. The movie made little impression on audiences and is currently unavailable on home video.

Beyond the success of the movie's theme song, the only reason anybody talks about the film today is because of its connection to a pair of cult TV institutions: DARK SHADOWS and STAR TREK. Not only does the film feature ANDREA DROMM, a part of the original cast of Trek in the the show's second pilot, WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE, but SPY also features Collinwood's own LOUIS EDMONDS as a German assassin.

"It was sort of a fifth-rate James Bond type of movie, with so many pretty young girls -- and boys -- lounging around a swimming pool in Jamaica," Edmonds explained in Craig Hamrick's BIG LOU: THE LIFE AND CAREER OF LOUIS EDMONDS. "It was a fun part because I was a hired assassin, and I had a German accent and carried a gun. Eventually, my character was drowned by Troy in a grotto."

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