So, the original "Double-O Duck" episode of "DuckTales was supposed to be
the "Back Door Pilot" episode of Lauchpad's spin-off.
Lauchpad was to rejoin the agency and
was to "help" a real suave secret agent overcome evil forces.
The idea of an "ace" hero saddled with a bumbling sidekick is nothing new.
(Blue Falcon and Dynomutt, Mighty Man and Yukk,
Space Ace and Astro's Space Mutts just to name a few)
However, with the "less than stellar" response to Timothy Dalton James Bond
and the incredible success of Michael Keaton Batman,
it was decided to turn the main hero from a Bond expy into a Batman expy
and the episodes that were written involving the spy stuff
were "tweaked" and DW was now assisting a secret spy agency as a freelance employee.
I was waiting for the joke in which after they show Gadget in the video,
they then show Chip and Monterrey helping her, and then they show Dale,
who is making faces at the camera, at which the woman then replies,
"We decided to experiment with him and only subjected him to the ray half as long."
DC Comics has had a similar problem with Donna Troy. The 2002 Teen Titan cartoon only
showed an extreme close-up of her face on a monitor
and even "The Judas Contract" animated movie could not mention her name at the end.