Nothing says savory, fried chicken goodness quite like a forced interrogation of Colonel Sanders, does it? At least that’s what some aspiring Don Draper convinced the Kentucky Fried Chicken chain’s iconic founder for this pretty out there TV spot: Associate your food with Cold War paranoia!
Good thing they passed up on waterboarding him, they’d have probably gotten the Colonel’s secret recipe out of him, pronto.
And then there’s this one. Does anything quite convey the notion of “Hey, relax, take it easy, save the dishes and serve the family some fried chicken tonight!” quite like air raid sirens and a finger beckoning you to get into a manhole that opens up in your kitchen? I didn’t think so.
With Alice Cooper
And of course, there’s nothing that sells chickeny goodness quite like implied nudity in this Lady Godiva-themed spot. If a smiling, naked lady on a horse rode up to you, wouldn’t you do exactly what the obviously sexually hypnotized Colonel Sanders did and provide her with some finger-lickin’ good processed meat product nourishment? Of course you would.
With actress and PepsiCo board member Joan Crawford
Cleopatra may have bathed in fresh milk, but she sure loved her some KFC!
And finally, note the unintentional irony of this 1967 spot. Who’d have thunk it? In 2018, you’d have to think that a lot of people probably have no idea that Colonel Harland Sanders was once a real person and not a marketing mascot.
Fun facts: Colonel Sanders wasn’t a real military Colonel, he was just a “Kentucky Colonel” and they can bestow that honor on just about anybody. Considering himself a failure in life, Sanders contemplated committing suicide at the age of 65, but began selling his pressure cooker fried chicken from a gas station. By the time he was 68, he was an incredibly wealthy man and lived to be 90. After selling the fast food chain, he continued as its pitchman and commercial spokesperson for many years. He was also known to swear a blue streak when the cameras weren’t rolling.