Paul Weiland, who directed City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold was, of course, the perfect person to make a James Bond spoof starring Bill Cosby. This is also supposed to be the sixth movie in a series of films where they never made any other ones. People never like that — ask Buckaroo Banzai.
Weiland would one day tell The Guardian, “It was a terrible mistake. … When anyone gets into that position (Bill Cosby’s position of power in the 1980s), they are surrounded by sycophants and no one tells them the truth. But Cosby just wasn’t funny. I couldn’t tell him directly. I’d say it feels slow, and he’d say, “You worry about construction, let me worry about funny.””
Leonard Parker (America’s dad at one point, Bill Cosby) is out of retirement and battling Medusa Johnson and her army of vegetarians. Joe Don Baker plays his boss, a similar role that he would play in the Bond films.
When the film was released, Cosby himself said that he was so disappointed with it that he publicly advised people not to waste their money on it. The dude wrote and produced it. He should know better. The Coke product placement is also near-constant, which upset so many people.
Cosby accepted his three Razzies — worst actor, worst screenplay and worst picture — on Fox’s The Late Show. I love that he had the ego to demand that the three Razzies he earned be specifically made out of 24 karat (99.99%) gold and Italian marble, which Fox paid for. Maybe he could have used the sizable money he made as an advance on this movie instead of taking more for so very little.
At least one person moved on from this to do something better. Cinematographer Jan de Bont would go on to direct Speed, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Twister and The Haunting. We won’t discuss Speed 2.