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Agent 3S3: Massacre in the Sun (1966)


AGENT 3S3: MASSACRE IN THE SUN (1966)


Agente 3S3, massacro al sole (original title)

Agent 3S3: Hunter from the Unknown (Worldwide English)
3S3, agente especial (Spain)
Agent 3S3, massacre au soleil (France)

1965 Italy | France | Spain
Direction: Sergio Sollima (as Simon Sterling)
Actors: George Ardisson, Frank Wolff, Evi Marandi

The island paradise of San Felipe has undergone a revolution and the charismatic General Siqueiros has assumed control. Those assisting him though have an agenda far beyond a simple dictatorship of a inconsequential banana republic.

This is the second chapter in the Sollima’s spy film trilogy.

Followed by: Requiem for a Secret Agent (1966)

Sergio Sollima – Eurospy Trilogy
Agent 3S3: Passport to Hell (1965)
Agent 3S3: Massacre in the Sun (1966)
Requiem for a Secret Agent (1966)


AGENT 3S3: MASSACRE IN THE SUN (1966)



Music: Piero Umiliani
Cinematography: Carlo Carlini
Edited by: José Luis Matesanz , Bruno Mattei (as Jordan B. Matthews)
Production Design: Mary Jo Lewis
Set Decoration: Carlo Gervasi (as Charles Jerwis), Ramiro Gómez
Costumes: Maria Pia Cohen
Production companies:

  • Cinematografica Associati (CI.AS.)
  • Cesáreo González Producciones Cinematográficas (co-production)
  • Les Films Copernic (co-production)

Running time: 106 minutes

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Agent 3S3: Passport to Hell (1965)


AGENT 3S3: PASSPORT TO HELL (1965)


Agente 3S3: Passaporto per l’inferno (original title)

 

Agente 3S3: Operazione inferno (Italy)
Agente S3S: pasaporte para el infierno (Spain)
Agente 3S3, passeport pour l’enfer (France)

1965 Italy | France | Spain
Direction: Sergio Sollima (as Simon Sterling)
Actors: George Ardisson, Bruna Simionato, Georges Rivière

This European espionager stars George Ardisson as a Gallic James Bond type. Our Hero’s mission is to find The Black Scorpion, the head of a sinister worldwide spy organization.

This is the first chapter in the Sollima’s spy film trilogy, and inaugurated the film series of the Agent 3S3 played by George Ardisson.

Followed by: Agent 3S3: Massacre in the Sun (1966)

Sergio Sollima – Eurospy Trilogy
Agent 3S3: Passport to Hell (1965)
Agent 3S3: Massacre in the Sun (1966)
Requiem for a Secret Agent (1966)


AGENT 3S3: PASSPORT TO HELL (1965) FULL MOVIE



Music: Piero Umiliani
Cinematography: Carlo Carlini (as Charlie Charlies)
Edited by: Teresa Alcocer, Bruno Mattei (as Jordan B. Matthews)
Art Direction: Juan Alberto Soler
Set Decoration: Rafael Borqué
Costumes: Maria Pia Cohen
Production companies:

  • Balcázar Producciones Cinematográficas
  • Cinematografica Associati (CI.AS.)
  • Les Films Copernic

Running time: 101 minutes

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Residence for Spies (1966)


RESIDENCE FOR SPIES (1966)


Residencia para espías (original title)

Residence for Spies (USA)
Les mignonnes (Italy)
Ça barde chez les mignonnes (France)

1966 Spain | West Germany
Direction: Jesús Franco
Actors: Eddie Constantine, Diana Lorys, Anita Höfer

Ms. Pendleton is the commander-in-chief of a women’s training camp for western spies, recently established in Turkey. CIA agent Leyton receives a mission, to discover and destroy an enemy group operating in the vicinity of that residence. He will manage, with the help, and sometimes extra zeal, of a number of the young women recruits.


Music: Odón Alonso
Cinematography: Antonio Macasoli
Edited by: Magdalena Pulido
Art Direction: Carlos Viudes
Set Decoration: Antonio Simont
Production companies: Hesperia Films S.A.
Running time: 89 minutes

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Matt Helm: The Wrecking Crew (1968)


THE WRECKING CREW (1968)


La mansión de los siete placeres (Spain)
Matt Helm règle son comte (France)
Las demoledoras (Mexico)

1968 USA
Direction: Henry Levin
Actors: Dean Martin, Elke Sommer, Sharon Tate

Matt Helm is assigned by his secret agency, ICE, to bring down an evil count named Contini, who is trying to collapse the world economy by stealing a billion dollars in gold. Helm travels to Denmark, where he is given a guide, Freya Carlson, a beautiful but bumbling woman from a Danish tourism bureau.

A pair of Contini’s accomplices, the seductive Linka Karensky and Yu-Rang, each attempt to foil Helm’s plans. The former is killed in an ambush intended for Helm, the latter in an explosion. On each occasion, Freya’s clumsy attempts to assist Matt are helpful, but not particularly appreciated. McDonald, his chief at ICE, turns up to aid Helm, but is wounded in action. McDonald confides to Helm that the seemingly inept Freya is actually a top secret agent herself, using a clever guise.

They go to Contini’s chateau for a showdown, and Helm creates chaos and destruction with a variety of unique gadgets. Contini escapes on a train bound for Luxembourg, but with a minihelicopter, Helm and Freya are able to catch up. Contini is killed on the train, dropping through a trap door. Successful and alone at last, Helm finally has an opportunity to thank Freya as only he can.


Matt Helm is a fictional character created by author Donald Hamilton. He is a U.S. government counter-agent—a man whose primary job is to kill or nullify enemy agents—not a spy or secret agent in the ordinary sense of the term as used in spy thrillers.

The films used the name Matt Helm, his cover identity, plus book titles and some very loose plot elements, but otherwise the series bore no resemblance at all to the character, atmosphere, or themes of Hamilton’s original books, nor to the hard-edged action of Bond. One reason was the attitude of the filmmakers that the only way to compete with the Bond films was to parody them.

The Dean Martin version of Helm, created by screenwriter Saul, served as a significant inspiration for Mike Myers’s comic character Austin Powers and many references can be seen. Most significantly, both are fashion photographers as their cover jobs.


THE WRECKING CREW (1968)



Music: Hugo Montenegro
Cinematography: Sam Leavitt
Edited by: Maury Winetrobe
Art Direction: Joseph C. Wright
Set Direction: Frank Tuttle
Costume Design: Moss Mabry
Production companies:

  • Columbia Pictures Corporation
  • Meadway-Claude Productions Company

Running time: 105 minutes

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Matt Helm: Murderers’ Row (1966)


MURDERERS’ ROW (1966)


Matt Helm, agente muy especial (Spain)
Bien joué Matt Helm (France)
Matt Helm contra las asesinas (Mexico)

1966 USA
Direction: Henry Levin
Actors: Dean Martin, Ann-Margret, Karl Malden

The film begins with a shot of the United States Capitol being destroyed. It is actually a scale model being used in the demonstration of a heliobeam weapon in the headquarters of the Bureau of International Government and Order (“BIG O”). BIG O is a secret organization with the goal of world domination that previously appeared in The Silencers.

With the aid of a mole, BIG O conducts a worldwide assassination campaign against various secret agents working for ICE (Intelligence Counter Espionage). Matt Helm fakes his own death in preparation for investigating the scheme undetected.

Helm meets his boss, Mac, for a mission briefing. Helm is to track down the missing Dr. Solaris, who has developed the powerful heliobeam weapon, a device that uses the concentrated power of sunlight for mass destruction. Helm is told if he can not rescue Solaris he is to kill him, and if captured to kill himself, lest BIG O brainwash him.

Posing as a Chicago gangster named Jim Peters, an alias of “Lash” Petroni, Helm travels to the French Riviera to follow his only lead, Solaris’s daughter, Suzie. Concerned about her father’s disappearance, Suzie helps Matt infiltrate the island lair of the diabolical Julian Wall, blow it up, and thereby save Washington, D.C. from being destroyed.


Matt Helm is a fictional character created by author Donald Hamilton. He is a U.S. government counter-agent—a man whose primary job is to kill or nullify enemy agents—not a spy or secret agent in the ordinary sense of the term as used in spy thrillers.

The films used the name Matt Helm, his cover identity, plus book titles and some very loose plot elements, but otherwise the series bore no resemblance at all to the character, atmosphere, or themes of Hamilton’s original books, nor to the hard-edged action of Bond. One reason was the attitude of the filmmakers that the only way to compete with the Bond films was to parody them.

The Dean Martin version of Helm, created by screenwriter Saul, served as a significant inspiration for Mike Myers’s comic character Austin Powers and many references can be seen. Most significantly, both are fashion photographers as their cover jobs.


MURDERERS’ ROW (1966) FULL MOVIE



Music: Lalo Schifrin
Cinematography: Sam Leavitt
Edited by: Walter Thompson
Art Direction: Joseph C. Wright
Set Direction: George R. Nelson
Costume Design: Moss Mabry
Production companies:

  • Columbia Pictures Corporation
  • Meadway-Claude Productions Company

Running time: 105 minutes

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Matt Helm: The Silencers (1966)


THE SILENCERS (1966)


Emboscada a Matt Helm (Spain)
Matt Helm traqué (France)
Emboscada a Matt Helm (Mexico)

1966 USA
Direction: Phil Karlson
Actors: Dean Martin, Stella Stevens, Daliah Lavi

Once a photographer by day, spy by night, Matt Helm is now a happily retired secret agent, shooting photos of glamorous models instead of guns and enjoying a close relationship with his assistant, the lovely Lovey Kravezit. But then his old boss, Macdonald, coaxes him back to the agency ICE to thwart a new threat from the villainous organization Big O.

The sinister Tung-Tze is masterminding a diabolical scheme to drop a missile on an underground atomic bomb test in New Mexico and possibly instigate a nuclear war in the process. Helm’s assignment is to stop him, armed with a wide assortment of useful spy gadgets, plus the assistance of the capable femme fatale, Tina, and the seemingly incapable Gail Hendricks, a beautiful but bumbling possible enemy agent.

Along the way, Helm is nearly sidetracked by a mysterious knife-wielding seductress and he witnesses the murder of a beautiful Big O operative, the sultry striptease artist Sarita.

In the end, Helm prevails, with Gail by his side as he all but singlehandedly destroys Tung-Tze’s evil enterprise and plot to rule the world.


Matt Helm is a fictional character created by author Donald Hamilton. He is a U.S. government counter-agent—a man whose primary job is to kill or nullify enemy agents—not a spy or secret agent in the ordinary sense of the term as used in spy thrillers.

The films used the name Matt Helm, his cover identity, plus book titles and some very loose plot elements, but otherwise the series bore no resemblance at all to the character, atmosphere, or themes of Hamilton’s original books, nor to the hard-edged action of Bond. One reason was the attitude of the filmmakers that the only way to compete with the Bond films was to parody them.

The Dean Martin version of Helm, created by screenwriter Saul, served as a significant inspiration for Mike Myers’s comic character Austin Powers and many references can be seen. Most significantly, both are fashion photographers as their cover jobs.


THE SILENCERS (1966) TRAILER



Music: Elmer Bernstein
Cinematography: Burnett Guffey
Edited by: Charles Nelson
Art Direction: Joseph C. Wright
Set Direction: George R. Nelson
Costume Design: Moss Mabry
Production companies:

  • Columbia Pictures Corporation
  • Meadway-Claude Productions Company

Running time: 102 minutes

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Matt Helm: The Ambushers (1967)


THE AMBUSHERS (1967)


Emboscada a Matt Helm (Spain)
Matt Helm traqué (France)
Emboscada a Matt Helm (Mexico)

1967 USA
Direction: Henry Levin
Actors: Dean Martin, Senta Berger, Janice Rule

Helm is sent to the ICE (Intelligence and Counter Espionage) Training Headquarters to uncover a traitor in the organisation. Whilst there he meets ICE agent Sheila Sommers, the pilot of the saucer who has been recovered from a Central American jungle with no memory of what happened to the saucer she flew. Due to the electo-magnetic power of the saucer, only a woman is able to fly it, males of the species are killed by the energy.

Helm had worked with Sommers on an assignment where the two had posed as man and wife. When Sommers meets Helm, her memory comes back. Mac, the head of ICE, decides to send Helm and Sommers posing again as his wife undercover as a photographer doing a story on the Montezuma Beer Brewery, whose advertising jingle is the same tune as the anthem of Ortega’s political movement.

Along the way, they must deal with Ortega’s henchmen, Francesca Madeiros (an operative for Big O, Helm’s main nemesis), who poses as a model and seduces Helm, an assassin named Nassim, plus a tough thug named Rocco.


Matt Helm is a fictional character created by author Donald Hamilton. He is a U.S. government counter-agent—a man whose primary job is to kill or nullify enemy agents—not a spy or secret agent in the ordinary sense of the term as used in spy thrillers.

The films used the name Matt Helm, his cover identity, plus book titles and some very loose plot elements, but otherwise the series bore no resemblance at all to the character, atmosphere, or themes of Hamilton’s original books, nor to the hard-edged action of Bond. One reason was the attitude of the filmmakers that the only way to compete with the Bond films was to parody them.

The Dean Martin version of Helm, created by screenwriter Saul, served as a significant inspiration for Mike Myers’s comic character Austin Powers and many references can be seen. Most significantly, both are fashion photographers as their cover jobs.


THE AMBUSHERS (1967) FULL MOVIE



Music: Hugo Montenegro
Cinematography: Edward Colman, Burnett Guffey
Edited by: Harold F. Kress
Art Direction: Joseph C. Wright
Set Direction: Richard Spero
Costume Design: Oleg Cassini
Production companies:

  • Columbia Pictures Corporation (presents)
  • Meadway-Claude Productions Company

Running time: 102 minutes

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Kommissar X – FBI: Operation Pakistan (1971)


KOMMISSAR X – FBI: OPERATION PAKISTAN (1971)


Kommissar X jagt die roten Tiger (original title)

 

FBI Operation Pakistan (World-wide English title)
The Tiger Gang (World-wide English title)
F.B.I. operazione Pakistan (Italy)
El comisario X a la caza de los tigres rojos (Spain)
Commissaire X contre Tiger-Gang (France)

1971 West Germany | Italy | Pakistan
Direction: Harald Reinl
Actors: Tony Kendall, Brad Harris, Gisela Hahn

Captain Tom Rowland and Commissioner X are sent to smash the Red Tigers Gang,which is responsible for the smuggling of drugs from Afghanistan to US. Both come to Pakistan and do a joint operation with the help of Pakistani Agencies. SP.Ali and Jacky Clay joins the Commissioner X’s team in Pakistan.

“Kommissar X” is a private detective named Joe Louis Walker (from a series of German crime fiction books) who was a counterpart of the German crime fiction FBI Special Agent Jerry Cotton. Between 1965 and 1971 seven Kommissar X films were made with Tony Kendall as the laid back swinging New York City private eye Joe Walker balanced against the serious muscular New York City Police Captain Tom Rowland played by Brad Harris.

With the international success of the films of Ian Fleming’s James Bond and the German Jerry Cotton (played by George Nader) series, seven Kommissar X films were made. These films were not only released internationally but became a staple of American television movies in the mid-1960s when American stations sought colour films to show.

1965: Kommissar X – Jagd auf Unbekannt – Hunt for the Unknown | Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill
1966: Kommissar X – In den Klauen des goldenen Drachen – Operation Far East
1967: Kommissar X – Drei gelbe Katzen – Three Yellow Cats
1967: Kommissar X – Drei grüne Hunde – Death Trip
1968: Kommissar X – Drei blaue Panther (de) – Three Blue Panthers
1969: Kommissar X – Drei goldene Schlangen – Three Golden Serpents
1971: Kommissar X – jagt die roten Tiger – FBI: Operation Pakistan


KOMMISSAR X – FBI: OPERATION PAKISTAN (1971) FULL MOVIE



Music: Francesco De Masi
Cinematography: Francesco Izzarelli
Edited by: Antonietta Zita
Production Design: Niko Matul (uncredited)
Costume Design: Abida Shaezad
Production companies:

  • Divina-Film
  • Montana Films
  • Regina-Film
  • Virginia Cinematografica

Running time: 89 minutes

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Kommissar X – Three Golden Serpents (1969)


KOMMISSSAR X – THREE GOLDEN SERPENTS (1969)


Kommissar X – Drei goldene Schlangen (original title)

 

Island of Lost Girls (USA)
I tre serpenti d’ori (Italy)
Commissaire X et les trois serpents d’or (France)

1969 Italy | West Germany | Thailand | USA
Direction: Roberto Mauri
Actors: Tony Kendall, Brad Harris, Monica Pardo

Madame Kim Soo is a respected benefactor to social causes in Thailand, but she enjoys viewing Muay-Thai matches with a handsome male escort. Jo Walker and his friend Tom Rowland notice her at ring side, because of her haughty demeanor and beauty. Later, as they search for an American girl who disappeared, possibly another victim of a prostitution-ring, they will visit her at her entertainment club for rich patrons only. The club, situated in a secretive “island of 1,000 lotus flowers”, offers foreign sex tourists all kinds of pleasure they may wish for. To the peril of his life, Joe Walker goes alone to meet Kim Soo, after identifying her as the leader of an army of thugs with a tattoo with three snakes. Will Captain Tom Rowland and the Thai paratroopers arrive in time to save Joe Walker from death in the island of lost girls?

“Kommissar X” is a private detective named Joe Louis Walker (from a series of German crime fiction books) who was a counterpart of the German crime fiction FBI Special Agent Jerry Cotton. Between 1965 and 1971 seven Kommissar X films were made with Tony Kendall as the laid back swinging New York City private eye Joe Walker balanced against the serious muscular New York City Police Captain Tom Rowland played by Brad Harris.

With the international success of the films of Ian Fleming’s James Bond and the German Jerry Cotton (played by George Nader) series, seven Kommissar X films were made. These films were not only released internationally but became a staple of American television movies in the mid-1960s when American stations sought colour films to show.

1965: Kommissar X – Jagd auf Unbekannt – Hunt for the Unknown | Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill
1966: Kommissar X – In den Klauen des goldenen Drachen – Operation Far East
1967: Kommissar X – Drei gelbe Katzen – Three Yellow Cats
1967: Kommissar X – Drei grüne Hunde – Death Trip
1968: Kommissar X – Drei blaue Panther (de) – Three Blue Panthers
1969: Kommissar X – Drei goldene Schlangen – Three Golden Serpents
1971: Kommissar X – jagt die roten Tiger – FBI: Operation Pakistan


KOMMISSSAR X – THREE GOLDEN SERPENTS (1969) FULL MOVIE PART 1



KOMMISSSAR X – THREE GOLDEN SERPENTS (1969) FULL MOVIE PART 2



Music: Roberto Pregadio, Francesco De Masi (uncredited)
Cinematography: Francesco Izzarelli
Edited by: Sandro Lena
Production Design: Niko Matul (uncredited)
Art Direction: Nino Borghi
Production companies:

  • Parnass Film
  • G.I.A. Cinematografica
  • Thai Tri Mitr Films (in cooperation with)
  • Peer Oppenheimer Production Inc. (in cooperation with)

Running time: 88 minutes

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Kommissar X – Three Blue Panthers (1968)


KOMMISSSAR X – THREE BLUE PANTHERS (1968)


Kommissar X – Drei blaue Panther (original title)

 

Kill Panther Kill (USA)
Tres panteras azules (Spain)
Commissaire X – Trois panthères bleues (France)

1968 Italy | West Germany | Canada
Direction: Gianfranco Parolini (as Frank Kramer)
Actors: Tony Kendall, Brad Harris, Corny Collins

Two rivals are out to recover a cache of stolen jewels. The thief who originally stole them has just gotten out of prison, however, and he is looking for his twin brother, who knows where the jewels are hidden. Complications ensue.

“Kommissar X” is a private detective named Joe Louis Walker (from a series of German crime fiction books) who was a counterpart of the German crime fiction FBI Special Agent Jerry Cotton. Between 1965 and 1971 seven Kommissar X films were made with Tony Kendall as the laid back swinging New York City private eye Joe Walker balanced against the serious muscular New York City Police Captain Tom Rowland played by Brad Harris.

With the international success of the films of Ian Fleming’s James Bond and the German Jerry Cotton (played by George Nader) series, seven Kommissar X films were made. These films were not only released internationally but became a staple of American television movies in the mid-1960s when American stations sought colour films to show.

1965: Kommissar X – Jagd auf Unbekannt – Hunt for the Unknown | Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill
1966: Kommissar X – In den Klauen des goldenen Drachen – Operation Far East
1967: Kommissar X – Drei gelbe Katzen – Three Yellow Cats
1967: Kommissar X – Drei grüne Hunde – Death Trip
1968: Kommissar X – Drei blaue Panther (de) – Three Blue Panthers
1969: Kommissar X – Drei goldene Schlangen – Three Golden Serpents
1971: Kommissar X – jagt die roten Tiger – FBI: Operation Pakistan


KOMMISSSAR X – THREE BLUE PANTHERS (1968) FULL MOVIE PART 1



KOMMISSSAR X – THREE BLUE PANTHERS (1968) FULL MOVIE PART 2



Music: Marcello Giombini
Cinematography: Francesco Izzarelli, Rolf Kästel
Edited by: Edmond Lozzi
Production Design: Niko Matul
Production companies:

  • Parnass Film
  • Produzioni Europee Associate (PEA)
  • I.P.S.
  • Bosna Film (uncredited)

Running time: 89 minutes

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