I Regret To Report That Kelly Robinson Is A Litterbug

I Regret To Report That Kelly Robinson Is A Litterbug

Joined: June 9th, 2003, 7:42 pm

May 30th, 2018, 6:34 pm #1

My wife, daughter and I were watching "Bridge of Spies" a few nights ago to prepare ourselves for our upcoming visit to Venice, and all three of us noticed Kelly tossing a cigarette butt into the beautiful Adriatic Sea as he exited a gondola.  

 

The crime appears at the 11:45 mark.   

My opinion of Kelly will never be the same!  Ha! Ha!    

It's been awhile since I've viewed this episode, and I forgot about some of the scenes.  There's one part where Giana says to Kelly, "Do you want to make love to me?" and Kelly practically starts getting hot and bothered then and there.  Later, when Metkovic is repairing the bad-order watch, the viewer is left with the impression that it was at a time when Giana and Kelly were doing the "horizontal bop." 

I wasn't sure what my impressionable young daughter thought of all that.  Fortunately, I'm still on speaking terms with my wife.  You have to admit that was pretty racy stuff for 1966 television.  I seem to remember Kelly also "dipped his wick" with that ballerina in "Blackout."  

Also, I've really developed a liking to this publicity photo of our boys sitting on the railing of the Accademia Bridge.  I think it's one of my favorites.  They were probably sitting here for a few minutes while Fouad Said was setting up a different camera angle.  This episode must have been one of the most complex to film, as a lot of it was on location and there were MANY short snippets requiring MANY re-settings of tri-pods and the associated details.  This is the only manner in which I've seen this photo -- as part of a magazine article.  I wonder who the photographer was and if there's a filing cabinet somewhere that contains negatives and many other photos he took that we've never seen.

In looking at some of the publicity photos shot during the filming of "To Florence With Love" and "Tonia", you can see where the police were called in to certain areas for crowd control to clear the areas of those numerous, pesky tourists.   

BTW, thank you very much, Tatia, for posting those photos of the Grand Hotel Villa Fiorio.  I've sent them an email to see if I can gain access to the property to take some photos, but thus far have not received a response.  It's interesting that the website is still active even though I get the impression that the place is shut down and locked up tight.

For what it's worth (probably not much), here's a reproduction of an email I sent to the Department of Tourism in Rome, asking them if they might know where certain locations were filmed.  They responded by suggesting I contact some local movie production company.  As if they would know or care.  If anyone here on the forum can help out in pinpointing some of these locations, it would be, as the boys would say in 1966-speak, "really groovy."

I sent this email after it was Goggley translated into Italian.  I imagine a lot was lost in the translation and they've probably written me off as a kook!  That *could* be an accurate assessment!  

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To Whom It May Concern,

I live in the United States and I will visit Rome next month.

I'm a big fan of the now-out-of-production television series "I SPY" and I'm trying to determine where different scenes were shot in Rome. These scenes were shot in 1966 and I think since then the locations have changed a bit.

I was wondering if anyone could help me locate these shooting sites. Since so much has changed in the 52 years since these scenes were shot, this could be difficult. Feel free to forward this email to anyone you may think would be familiar with these locations.

Most of the series is available for free viewing on the Internet and I have included some links here that will allow you to view them. In "Rome Take Away Three"



there were four scenes shot at sidewalk cafes. The scenes appear at the 3:40, 7:31, 19:10 and 47:24.marks.

In "Tonia"



there is a scene of an outdoor cafe starting at 00:08 which I have found difficult to locate. There are also other scenes at 03:27, 03:44, 04:57, 08:27, 17:56, 18:40 and 49:12 that are hard to spot.

In "Father Abraham"



there are only a couple of locations I can not locate: a restaurant at 12:05 and a view of the city at the 14:03 mark.

Any assistance you can offer would be greatly appreciated. It is only for my curiosity more than anything else and it is interesting to see how the places have changed over the years.

Thank you,

"Russ Conway"        

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May 31st, 2018, 12:45 pm #2

Russ_Conway wrote: My wife, daughter and I were watching "Bridge of Spies" a few nights ago to prepare ourselves for our upcoming visit to Venice, and all three of us noticed Kelly tossing a cigarette butt into the beautiful Adriatic Sea as he exited a gondola.  

The crime appears at the 11:45 mark.   

My opinion of Kelly will never be the same!  Ha! Ha!    

It's been awhile since I've viewed this episode, and I forgot about some of the scenes.  There's one part where Giana says to Kelly, "Do you want to make love to me?" and Kelly practically starts getting hot and bothered then and there.  Later, when Metkovic is repairing the bad-order watch, the viewer is left with the impression that it was at a time when Giana and Kelly were doing the "horizontal bop." 

I wasn't sure what my impressionable young daughter thought of all that.  Fortunately, I'm still on speaking terms with my wife.  You have to admit that was pretty racy stuff for 1966 television.  I seem to remember Kelly also "dipped his wick" with that ballerina in "Blackout."  
I just watched this episode for the first time a couple nights ago and didn't catch the cigarette butt bit. Oh, Kelly! I know it's still standard behavior for smokers to this day, but I can only hope that somewhere along the way his environmental consciousness was raised. 
I thought the scene in which Kelly and Gianna are apparently bopping was adroitly handled and it's really quite subtle. Kelly actually says "dance," which might let you think they're still relatively innocent. Grown-ups will know better; kids probably won't, or at least we didn't back then! I love the way this series dodged the censors.
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