It was panned by critics and did very poorly at the box-office, but Condorman lives on in the hearts of the people who saw it as a child and thought it was one of the greatest movies ever. I was one of those kids.
It uses the simple and somewhat clichéd plot of mistaken identity, but adds a fun twist. Woody Wilkins is a comic book artist/writer and creator of the character, Condorman. His friend Harry, who is a paper pusher for the CIA, asks him to do a routine paper swap mission. Woody meets a female KGB agent and invents a heroic fake personal for himself, claiming to be a super-spy codenamed “Condorman”.
Woody and the KGB agent, Natalia, get get involved with the evil Krokov (played by Oliver Reed). After Natalia is abducted, Woody talks the CIA into funding a rescue mission and he has them create some real-life Condorman gear.
This is not a great movie by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a fun one. Kids are the ideal audience for it and even though the theaters are full of big-budget superhero flicks today, I think they will still enjoy this movie. If you are like myself and saw this as a kid, watch it again for the pure nostalgia of it and see the superhero movies Disney used to make.
Check out the trailer here: