I’m just thrilled that 1) The film does still exist and 2) That Kaleidoscope will be archiving it properly.
There's also some footage of Adam as Batman warning children that Batman can't fly, after children had gotten hurt (or worse) jumping from rooftops and whatnot. Maybe that will surface someday as well.
Kensington, London, 1967
London, May 12, 1967
Adam West as Batman filming a road safety advert, 1967.”
Adam West, as Batman, makes a road safety film with child actors in Kensington, London May 12, 1967
Then there was the road safety ad for British television. It was May 1967, while Adam West was visiting the UK to promote the tv show, he was contacted by the British government's Central Office of Information to appear in a road safety ad, sponsored by the Ministry of Transport, highlighting the dangers of crossing the road without looking to UK children. May 12, 1967 Kensington, London
How about that cowl? Is it just the quality and (lack of) color to the clip, or is it different cowl/covering/paint? I'd never noticed anything 'off' about it in the still images, so maybe it's the former?
The film was supposedly shot in London on August 7th 1967, just a few days after Adam wrapped shooting "Ring Around The Riddler", so it makes sense that the cowl we see here is an early S3 one, complete with the hard-hat rigging that lifted that season's cowls higher on Adam's head. Chuck?
Confusingly however, according to shooting schedule documents for the show, "Wail Of The Siren" was shot that same week between 4th and 8th August 1967 which seems to contradict the caption from the photograph below via Alamy:
Aug. 08, 1967 - Batman Makes Road Safety Film: Batman - Mr. Adam West in person, spent yesterday - the first day of his London Holiday, making a one-minute road safety film for the central office of information. With a supporting cast of child actors and no special equipment he showed a complete mastery of Kerb drill. Photo Shows Adam West teaching the technique of road safety in Kensington, London, yesterday.
I apologize for being a Debbie Downer (BTW, It's too bad Adam never hosted Saturday Night Live), but it bothers me that Adam was in London three months before they shot the Londinium trilogy and Greenway couldn't scrape up a few bucks to maybe send a second-unit crew with him to at least film some 'B-roll' and stock shots for those episodes. It would have gone a long way toward livening up a dull three-parter and at least would've made it look like not all of those episodes were shot in southern California.
My hobbies include gazing at the Siren and doing her bidding, evil or otherwise.
'She had a devastating, hypnotic effect on all the men.'--A schoolmate describing Joan Collins at age 17