For the younger generation, the first question you’ll probably ask upon reading this book’s title, “Weng Weng is Agent 00” and seeing the brown-skinned, sharply dressed (in a white suit, no less!) gentleman armed with quite probably, the most complicated-looking pistol you’ll ever see is this: “Sino ba ‘tong Weng-weng na to?”[firstpara]
Because that’s what some of us in FHM.com.ph asked as well.
So off we went to bug Mr. Google for the answer to our burning question. An IMDB page turned up in the results, which contained Weng Weng’s biography written by one Andrew Leavold.
Leavold is credited in the comic book, as “The Researcher,” who in 2007 made the documentary The Search for Weng Weng. The film detailed among others, the history of Filipino B-films, and more importantly, the truth about Weng Weng.
And here was what we found out: Weng Weng is, essentially, a Filipino action star from the early 70s to the 80s, whose career peaked in the 1979 James Bond parody For Your Height Only.
The film was described as “a miniature mockery of Western pop iconography, and a joyously naïve celebration of Filipino Goon Cinema,” which turned Weng-Weng into “the most famous Filipino celebrity of his generation both inside the Philippines and abroad.”
Weng Weng was also a midget. In fact, he’s listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the shortest actor to play a leading role in a movie at just 2 feet 9 inches.
And oh we found a video too.