Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (film)
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|Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.|
|Directed by||Rod Hardy|
|Produced by||David Roessell|
|Written by||David Goyer|
|Music by||Kevin Kiner|
|Edited by||Drake Silliman|
|Distributed by||Fox Broadcasting Company|
|May 26, 1998|
Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (stylized as Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD) is an American television superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Nick Fury. It was first broadcast on May 26, 1998 on Fox. Directed by Rod Hardy, the film stars David Hasselhoff as Fury, a retired super spy who is approached to return to duty to take down the terrorist organization HYDRA, who threaten to attack Manhattan with a pathogen they have reconstituted known as the Death's Head virus. Lisa Rinna plays Contessa Valentina "Val" Allegra de Fontaine, and Sandra Hess plays Andrea von Strucker / Viper. It was released on DVD on September 30, 2008. The film was met with a mixed to poor reception.
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Nick Fury, retired, is approached to return to duty to take down agents of the terrorist organization HYDRA, led by the children of Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, an old enemy of his. HYDRA has reconstituted a pathogen known as the Death's Head virus, and threatens to attack Manhattan with it, barring payment of US $1 billion.
- David Hasselhoff as Nick Fury
- Lisa Rinna as Contessa Valentina "Val" Allegra de Fontaine
- Sandra Hess as Andrea von Strucker / Viper
- Neil Roberts as Alexander Goodwin Pierce
- Garry Chalk as Timothy Aloysius "Dum-Dum" Dugan
- Tracy Waterhouse as Kate Neville
- Tom McBeath as Director General Jack Pincer
- Ron Canada as Gabriel Jones
Differences from comic
- In comics, Dugan has red hair, mustache and a bowler hat. None are present in the movie.
- Gabe Jones' character was combined with Sidney "The Gaffer" Levine who was the S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist in the comics.
- Kate Neville is an ESPer, unlike in the comics.
- Alexander Pierce is British, whereas, in the comics, he is American.
- Gail Runciter is an agent of Interpol, as opposed to being a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, like in the comics.
- HYDRA agents appear with black Men in Black-type suits, rather than the green uniform from the comics.
- Andrea's twin brother, Andreas, did not appear, but Andrea did have a younger brother named Werner (in the comics the twins had an older half-brother named Werner).
- Andrea was codenamed "Viper".
- Dr. Arnim Zola appears as an elderly HYDRA chemist responsible for the creation of the Death's Head virus.
- Baron Strucker's body is shown frozen in a chamber.
- In the final scene of the movie, Baron Strucker is brought back to life.
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Reception to the film was mixed. With praises for its performances such as David Hasselhoff; but lack of execution and dialogue. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 16%.  In 2016 Neil Calloway called it a "schlocky throwaway TV movie" with "some fantastically tongue in cheek quoteable lines...but in all honesty the film has dated like only a bad TV movie shot in Vancouver in the late 1990s could."
Home media release
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- As spelled officially by Marvel Comics on its S.H.I.E.L.D. page, although misspelled with a male name and spelled with different Italian article as "Valentina Allegro de Fontaine" in her name's first two mentions, in Strange Tales #159, "Spy School", 10, panel 6, and Strange Tales #162, "So Evil, the Night" p.3, panel 6.
- Yamato, Jen (May 25, 2012). "David Hasselhoff: I Was 'The Ultimate Nick Fury'". Movieline. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
- White, Cindy (September 30, 2008). "Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. DVD Review". IGN. News Corporation. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
- Leston, Ryan (September 4, 2013). "David Hasselhoff wants another shot at Nick Fury". Yahoo! Movies. Yahoo!. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
- Calloway, Neil (May 1, 2016). "The First Nick Fury Film". Flickering Myth. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
- Monfette, Christopher (September 22, 2008). "Best Buy Employs Nick Fury". IGN. News Corporation. Retrieved September 23, 2008.