Memory Lane: ‘Phantom Agents’

Remember Phantom Agents? A Japanese-made piece of vintage 1960s awfulness, actually kind of fun to watch because it was just so unexpectedly bad.

The thing that got me every time was the agents’ phenomenal ability to jump backwards and land safely on the branch of a tree 20 feet off the ground. How did they do that? But they also knew how to jump backwards out of the water and land on the deck of a ship 20 feet out of the water. Now ain’t that somethin’!

I wonder how many numbskulls watched this show and went into martial arts studios to ask how to jump backwards into trees.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

5 responses to “Memory Lane: ‘Phantom Agents’

  • horns1313 S M

    Tweeting this superlative article I could not help myself mentioning the cause for action to bring back Gill Favor Rowdy Yates Wishbone and Pete Nolan from head em up move em out rolling rolling rawhide though the swamp is swollen keep them communist going Rawhide


  • Linda Sorci

    You got me on this one, Lee. Haven’t a clue. I don’t believe I’ve ever heard of it much less seen it lol


    • leeduigon

      Its schedule was erratic. Around these parts, Channel 11 only aired “Phantom Agents” at irregular intervals. Made it kind of hard to follow! Maybe that’s why I never learned how to jump backwards out of the water.


  • Erlene

    Nope, never heard of this one, but it sounds as goofy as the stuff that is on
    these days, maybe even more.


  • UnKnowable

    That backwards jumping is really sumptin’. Maybe Joe Collidge could use his soupeerior edurcashun to explain the psychics of it to the rest of us. 🙂

    I would be remiss if I failed to compliment you on coining the term “vintage 1960s awfulness”. Rarely has a phrase said so much. I’m not a follower of Martial Arts movies, per se, but I’ve seen clips on some ’60s examples of the genre and always found myself laughing at the seriousness of the dialogue. Maybe it was a matter of translation, but the dialog always made me laugh.


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