VIDEO: Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1998)

Before Samuel L. Jackson, Marvel’s Avengers, and ABC’s upcoming Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., there was an attempt to bring a live-action Nick Fury to life, starring none other than the Hoff himself. This pilot never became a series, but we did get David Hasselhoff being David Hasselhoff for 90 minutes. What more do you need?

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  • Bouncy X

    i remember absolutely nothing about the movie except for the fact i know i watched it when it originally aired. didnt realize it was an attempt at a series though.

  • CBob

    Regarding the baroness being disguised as herself: it’s not just you. I’m good with faces (rubbish with names though) and I had the same reaction.

    The problem is they tried way too hard to make both the disguise face actress and actual face actress “pretty” according to the same super-specific stereotype. They may have started out looking different*, but the makeup and hair an such was all aimed at hard-selling the same specific ideal image, so they both end up ironed out into the same thing.

    *Maybe. It’s entirely possible that “ideal” may have effected their casting choices as well, in which case they may have started with similar faces. It doesn’t help that the ideal they’re going for is a heavily coiffed and made-up glamour one, i.e. one that involves lots of outright covering/remaking of one’s natural appearance.

  • The_Stig

    Dude, New York is not the only city in the Marvel Universe. New York is just where most of the shit that happens in the Marvel Universe happens.

    But dammit, I want a Marvel Studios SLJ Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD movie.

  • Honestly, I prefer this version of Nick Fury to the one in The Avengers. Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury is basically just Samuel L. Jackson with an eye patch. At least Hoff was trying to be the character from the comics. He didn’t do a great job, but at least he was trying.

    I was actually planning on reviewing this movie when the new SHIELD series premieres this fall. But now it looks like I don’t have to! Or do I?

    • CBob

      Welll… one could argue that Avengers’ Nick Fury being basically just Samuel L. Jackson with an eyepatch is true to the comics character, since he’s based on Ultimates Nick Fury rather than Original Recipe Nick Fury… who was in turn based on SLJ long before the possibility of actually having SLJ play him in a movie was a thing.

      I realize that logic may be considered “cheating” by those who prefer Original Recipe Fury though.

      Personally, I like to imagine Ultimates/Avengers Nick Fury actually IS those universe’s Samuel L. Jackson. Like, the individual we know as SLJ exists in those universes too, but he went into the military instead of acting, and ended up in some black ops security division where his name got officially replaced with the “Nick Fury” alias. So in The Avengers SLJ is actually literally playing himself.

      I’m not that much of a comics geek, so I don’t know if Ultimates Nick Fury already has a canon backstory that would conflict with that (and kinda don’t care), but it’s what I want to be true.

      • Solkir

        I like that. I deem it cannon

      • But isn’t Nick Fury (in the movies and comics) supposed to be like 100 years old or something? He says in Iron Man 2 that he knew Tony’s dad. So unless Samuel L. was making movies circa WW2 I don’t think that theory holds up :)

        • Solkir

          Howard Stark died when Tony was in his early 20’s, and he did work pretty closely with S.H.I.E.L.D. before that. Could have easily known him

          • CBob

            Bearing in mind also that SLJ himself is much older than he looks. He looks what, in his late 30 or 40s in The Avengers, right? Dude’s 64. Old enough to be Tony Stark’s dad himself.

          • But in the comics, Fury took some kind of serum that made him stop aging, right? I thought that conversation in IM2 was a reference to him being really old, but WTF do I know, I haven’t picked up a comic book since like 1990.

    • Solkir

      Idk, Nick Fury has to be the least interesting Marvel character to me. Even more so than the Inhumans, so I don’t care about the original personality or character. I prefer the cunning, calculating Jackson Fury over crazy old David who they find in a cave and tries to make everything work by shooting it.

      • I don’t really care about the Nick Fury character either… I can’t say for sure I’ve actually ever read a comic with him in it. Suppose I should have clarified that I appreciated Hoff trying to play *a* character, instead of just playing himself. Also, I’m not as high on the Avengers movie as a lot of people, and I honestly can’t remember Nick Fury doing much of anything in that movie.

  • spaceman spiff

    Solkir, I’m getting off the subject, but I just looked up your review of Dr. Strange.

    One question: Did you edit it, or did that movie blatantly rip off the music and effects of Doctor Who?

    • Solkir

      I added the music, but the picture is exactly as it was presented to me

  • MephLord

    I think having “Baroness Von Strucker” is just dumb and lazy. HYDRA already has one the most brilliant female villains in their roster and that’s Viper. (If you’ve seen the episode “Prisoner of War” in Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes! you’ll know what I’m talking about). Her and the Serpent Society would be a ready-built villain group for any SHIELD movie.

    As for the debate about SLJ Fury vs Original Recipe…we aren’t going back to Original Recipe people. SLJ Fury is here to stay. As for Fury being the least interesting character, I think he has more personality than Mr. Fantastic. The Watcher is kind of a boring character as well, and the Silver Surfer has his issues as well.

    This movie was doomed from the start simply by Hoff Association. I think the only other actor that matches the Hoff in notoriety is William Shatner. Both have two very successful TV series, ill-advised music careers, and some truly awful movie credits.

  • Cristiona

    Uf. I remember watching James Bond Jr. Something I can say I haven’t thought about in ages.
    While this was some pretty cheesey schlock, it was miles better than other Marvel entries at that time I mean, the Captain America movies/pilots were almost unwatchable. The Hoff wanted to do a good Nick Fury he just… wasn’t able to. And didn’t have the budget for good effects. But it would have been a neat series. Well… “neat” like Xena or Jack of all Trades.

  • Clay

    About your medicine remark, I believe that applies of Jehovah’s Witnesses, not the Church of Christ, Scientist.

    • Solkir

      No, it’s christian scientists