Also, still failing to get the joint I Spy/MfU icon quality where I want it and still under 40K. This is better, although that last shot of the MfU boys really doesn't have enough contrast to work in 24 shades of gray. Damned text is still too long, but since the text is the point...
ETA: this is what I'm squishing down to get that previous. Harrumph
Yeah, I know. Annoying animated icons. Very childish. If this were a WWIV BBS, I'd probably be signing posts in blinking red. It keeps me entertained.
And the Sandbaggers icon really does crack me up. I probably shouldn't make one that says "Bloody Norwegians," should I? Because nobody but me, katallen and three other people on the planet would get it.
Although I have been working on a Pocket Guide to Cold War Spy Shows, for when you stumble across them at two in the morning on an alien cable system. It's not complete yet, but I have a few handy rules of thumb in if/then statements....
If it's in black and white, it's The Avengers, Secret Agent, or first season Man from UNCLE
If Hungary looks suspiciously like southern California, it's The Man from UNCLE or Mission:Impossible
If Hungary looks suspiciously like the UCSD library, it's Mission:Impossible
If Hungary looks suspiciously like Yorkshire, it's The Sandbaggers or Secret Agent.
If all the 'Hungarian' signs are in English, spelled as if it was German, it's Mission:Impossible
If it's actually called Hungary, it's The Sandbaggers. If it's called Outer Bratislavia, it's The Man from UNCLE or Mission:Impossible. If it's called Hungary *and* the Hungarians speak Hungarian, it's first-season MfU or early black-and-white Avengers.
If it actually looks like it was shot in Hungary, it's I Spy
If there's a black guy and he's not either useless or a villain, it's I Spy or Mission:Impossible. If there's a chick and she's not either useless or a villain, it's The Avengers, The Sandbaggers, or first-season MfU. If there's a character who's not American or British who isn't useless or a villain, it's The Man from UNCLE.
If the bad guys have hovercraft, it's The Man from UNCLE. If the good guys have hovercraft, it's Mission:Impossible. If there are people wrestling with wild animals that are suspiciously stuffed looking, it's The Man from UNCLE or The Avengers. If the torture scenes mostly make you giggle, it's The Man from UNCLE or I Spy.
If the guy running the show is bitching about his agents' expense reports, it's MfU or I Spy. If he appears to be a jerk, but actually turns out to be brusquely hiding a squishy-soft interior, it's MfU. If he's actually a jerk, but you've never seen him before, it's I Spy. If he seems to be a decent guy and is, in fact, a decent guy, it's The Avengers or Mission:Impossible.
If he seems to be a big jerk, but is actually a complete fucking cocksucker, then it's The Sandbaggers.
If the characters have no chemistry, it's Mission:Impossible. If the banter is amusing enough that you keep watching even when the plot makes no sense, it's The Man from UNCLE, The Avengers, or I Spy.
If the plot makes sense, it's Mission:Impossible or The Sandbaggers.
If the bad guy body count tops five or six or so, it's probably The Man from UNCLE. If the good guy body count tops one, it's The Sandbaggers.