Matchless (1967)


Mission Top Secret (USA dubbed version)
Sin rival (Spain)
Mission T.S. (France)

1967 Italy
Direction: A Alberto Lattuada
Actors: Patrick O’Neal, Ira von Fürstenberg, Donald Pleasence

A secret agent possesses a ring that makes him invisible for a short time, once every 10 hours. He is in pursuit of an evil criminal mastermind but, at the same time, must evade an enemy agent who also wants the ring.

MATCHLESS was based on a story by Ermanno Donati who is probably better known to fans of Italian horror and cult films as the producer of LUST OF THE VAMPIRE (1956), THE HORRIBLE DR. HICHCOCK (1962), THE WACKY WORLD Of JAMES TONT (1965) and MAFIA (1968). Dontai seemed to gravitate towards unusual genre films with a distinct style so it’s not too surprising that he ended his career working for the controversial director Tito Brass on projects like DEADLY SWEET (1967) and SALON KITTY (1975). MATCHLESS was Donati’s third and last script credit but he seemed to have a knack for writing funny spy spoofs.

Fans of the Flint films as well as’60s spy comedy’s like the original CASINO ROYALE (1967) and Dr. GOLDFOOT AND THE BIKINI MACHINE (1967) should find the film appealing.

Music: Gino Marinuzzi Jr., Ennio Morricone, Piero Piccioni
Cinematography: Alessandro D’Eva
Edited by: Franco Fraticelli
Art Direction: Vincenzo Del Prato (as Enzo Del Prato)
Set Decoration: Gisella Longo
Costume Design: Forquet, Cesare Rovatti, Piero Tosi
Production companies: Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica
Running time: 104 minutes (USA)