- Written by Daniel Livingston
The 60's was the era for spy movies, spy TV shows and spy toys. I'm guessing because the "cold war" was booming, spy’s and spying was on everyone's mind. Ian Fleming had been publishing his James Bond novels since the 50's and Spy vs. Spy cartoons had been gracing the pages of Mad Magazine since 1961. Secret Agent Man was on the top of the charts and Get Smart and I-Spy were on the tube. To kids, being a spy meant miniature pinhole cameras, small walkie-talkie radios and fast cars with ejector seats.
The Secret Sam Attaché Case was a complete spy kit in a briefcase
It contained everything a budding spy needed to play in the espionage game. Concealed camera, Gun with telescope, a "message missile". The coolest part was you could fire the gun while still in the case. A hidden button on the side, actuated the guns trigger sending one of the hard-plastic bullets at your target
Like in every single spy movie to date, you open the briefcase and assemble the gun. The extra-long stock attached to the back giving you more stability and the periscope attached to the top allowing you to see over obstructions. i don't recall every using the camera to take any real pictures
I abused my Secret Sam Attaché Case badly. several parts broke and of course the bullets all got lost. I have since replaced many of those parts and have reproduced (molded) the bullets as well as the orange button that seems to be broken on many of the ones that come up on eBay. As a matter of fact, I was the one who originally sold the reproduction bullets on eBay in the early 2000's. Since then many folks have started doing so making it not worth the time or effort.
...more to come.