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Matchless (1967)

Matchless

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)

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Where the Spies Are (1966)


WHERE THE SPIES ARE (1966)


¿Dónde están los espías? (Spain)
Passeport pour l’oubli (France)

1966 UK
Direction: Val Guest
Actors: David Niven, Françoise Dorléac, John Le Mesurie

Rosser, a British agent is assassinated in Beirut. British intelligence boss MacGillivray recruits Dr Jason Love (Niven), who did some intelligence work during World War Two, to attend a medical conference and find out what is going on. Love stops off in Paris and meets MagGillivray’s contact, a model called Vikki. The two get along well, causing Love to miss his flight, which promptly explodes.

Love arrives in Beirut and meets another agent, Parkington. Together they discover a communist plot to assassinate the pro-British Prince of Zahlouf, thereby threatening Britain’s Eastern oil treaties. Parkington is killed and Love meets up with Vikki again, who reveals she is a double agent. Love manages to stop the assassination, but when escaping is captured by the Russians. They put him on a plane touring the world, the “Dove of Peace”, and try to extract information from him. Also on board is Vikki. A Russian defector reveals Love’s location to the British. When the plane flies over Canada, the British arrange a fake emergency so the plane will land. Vikki shoots the Russians enabling Love to escape but she is killed in turn.


WHERE THE SPIES ARE (1966) TRAILER



WHERE THE SPIES ARE (1966) POSTERS



Music: Mario Nascimbene
Cinematography: Arthur Grant
Edited by: Bill Lenny
Art Direction: John Howell
Costume Design: Beatrice Dawson
Production companies: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Running time: 110 minutes

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Somebody’s Stolen Our Russian Spy (1968)


SOMEBODY’S STOLEN OUR RUSSIAN SPY (1968)


O.K. Yevtushenko (original title)

1965 Italy | France | Spain
Direction: José Luis Madrid
Actors: Tom Adams, Tim Barrett, Barta Barri

Agent Charles Vine finds himself on the trail of a missing Russian spy and soon finds himself involved in a bonkers plot involving Albanians and the Chinese.

Shot in Spain instead of the usual UK location. Never saw a theatrical release as it languished in a film laboratory until 1976 until finally shown on TV.

Follows Licensed To Kill (1965)
Follows Where the Bullets Fly (1966)


SOMEBODY’S STOLEN OUR RUSSIAN SPY (1968) PREVIEW SCENE



SOMEBODY’S STOLEN OUR RUSSIAN SPY (1968) MUSIC FROM SOUNDTRACK



SOMEBODY’S STOLEN OUR RUSSIAN SPY (1968) POSTERS



Music: Bruno Nicolai, Giovanni Simonelli (as Simonelli)
Cinematography: Federico G. Larraya, Alejandro Ulloa
Edited by: Otello Colangeli
Art Direction: Nedo Azzini
Set Decoration: Ramiro Gómez
Costume Design: Federico Forquet, Gaia Romanini
Production companies: Sincronía, Fida Cinematografica, Les Productions Jacques Roitfeld
Running time: 99 minutes (Italy) 101 minutes (Spain)

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Where the Bullets Fly (1966)


WHERE THE BULLETS FLY (1966)


Cuando las balas vuelan (Spain)

1966 UK
Direction: John Gilling
Actors: Tom Adams, Dawn Addams, Tim Barrett

The film begins with a pre-credit sequence in which a group of unnamed terrorists have parked a vehicle containing a guided missile pointed straight at the Palace of Westminster whilst politicians are heard on the film’s soundtrack. They are thwarted by a group of older women in a tour group who turn out to be cross-dressing commandos who eliminate the terrorists with sub-machine guns and grenades. They are led by Agent Charles Vine with his second-in-command being Lt. Guy Fawkes who has saved the Parliament of England.

The film proper begins with the Royal Air Force testing a secret light-weight metal called “Spurium” that enables nuclear aircraft to fly. An unnamed sinister organisation led by a man named Angel hijacks the DC-3 aircraft by hypnotising the RAF Regiment guards and flying the plane to another location but they are shot down by the RAF.

Afraid the incident may happen again, Vine is assigned as security to the project. However Angel’s organisation kidnap Vine and replace him with one of their own men named Seraph. Obtaining information before he escapes allows Seraph to steal a sample of Spurium to be sold to the Soviet Union; however the Russians believe he is double-crossing them and kill him.

Vine escapes and reports to the RAF airbase, where he meets his RAF counterpart, Flight Lieutenant Felicity “Fiz” Moonlight. Angel’s men try an all-out assault on the airfield to capture the next nuclear aircraft set to fly. Vine and Angel end up in the nuclear aircraft that takes flight but Vine is rescued by F/L Moonlight.

Second of three films in the Charles Vine Series.

Follows Licensed To Kill (1965)
Followed by O.K. Yevtushenko (1968)


WHERE THE BULLETS FLY (1966) PREVIEW SCENE



WHERE THE BULLETS FLY (1966) POSTERS



Music: Kenny Graham
Cinematography: David Holmes
Edited by: David Holmes
Art Direction: George Lack
Costume Design: Jan Wright
Production companies: Alastair Films, Puck Films
Running time: 88 minutes

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The 2nd Best Secret Agent in the Whole Wide World (1965)


THE 2ND BEST SECRET AGENT IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD (1965)


Licensed to Kill (original title)

Secret service (Italy)
Licencia para matar (Spain)
Unser Mann vom Secret Service (West Germany)

1965 UK
Direction: Lindsay Shonteff
Actors: Tom Adams, Karel Stepanek, Peter Bull

Dauntless British agent Charles Vine is called upon to escort to London the famed Swedish scientist Henrik Jacobs to negotiate the sale of a secret formula. However, sinister forces gambling for enormous stakes are already at work. With the aid of the most fantastic gadgets, Vine manages to extricate his charges from the most diabolical traps until the final battle in a mile-a-second showdown fought along the Thames dockside and culminating to a wild and unexpected climax.

First of three films in the Charles Vine Series.

Followed by Where the Bullets Fly (1966)
Followed by O.K. Yevtushenko (1968)


THE 2ND BEST SECRET AGENT IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD (1965) FULL MOVIE



THE 2ND BEST SECRET AGENT IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD (1965) POSTERS



Music: Herbert Chappell (as Bertram Chappell)
Cinematography: Terry Maher
Edited by: Ron Pope
Production companies: Alistair
Running time: 96 minutes

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The Last of the Secret Agents? (1966)


THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS (1966)


1966 USA
Direction: Norman Abbott
Actors: Marty Allen, Steve Rossi, John Williams

Two Americans in Paris (Allen & Rossi) are reluctantly recruited by the Good Guys Institute (GGI) led by J. Frederick Duval (John Williams) to thwart the plans of the evil crime and espionage organisation T.H.E.M. led by Zoltan Schubach (Theo Marcuse). T.H.E.M. has plans to steal priceless international art treasures, most notably the Venus de Milo.

The Last of the Secret Agents? is a 1966 American film that spoofs the spy film genre, starring the then-popular comedy team of Allen & Rossi.

In addition to the then popular spy film genre, the film spoofs many other items of the day such as cigarette commercials.

Nancy Sinatra had made several film appearances previously, and it was planned that she would sing a song written for her by Paramount’s Famous Music division’s Burt Bacharach and Hal David, but it was cut due to budget constraints.[2] During post-production in January 1966, Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'” composed by Lee Hazlewood was a smash hit. Paramount ordered the producer to have Sinatra sing in the film with Hazlewood quickly composing a title song for her reminiscent of John Barry’s Thunderball. The resulting song, “The Last of the Secret Agents”, did not appear on the Pete King soundtrack album.

At the end of Nancy Sinatra’s performance of the title song, she suffers a comic “wardrobe malfunction” leaving her only clad in bra, panties, stocking and heels.


THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS (1966) TRAILER



THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS (1966) TITLE SONG: NANCY SINATRA



Music: Pete King
Cinematography: Harold E. Stine
Edited by: Otho Lovering
Art Direction: Roland Anderson, Hal Pereira
Set Decoration: Robert R. Benton, James W. Payne
Costume Design: Edith Head
Production companies: Paramount Pictures
Running time: 92 minutes

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That Man in Istanbul (1965)


THAT MAN IN ISTANBUL (1965)


Estambul 65 (original title)

That Man in Istanbul (USA)
Operación Estambul (Spain)
L’homme d’Istanbul (France)

1965 Italy | France | Spain
Direction: Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi (as Antonio Isasi)
Actors: Horst Buchholz, Sylva Koscina, Ángel Picazo

Kelly (Sylva Koscina) is a gorgeous FBI agent who is investigating the disappearance of Professor Pensdergast (Umberto Raho) , director of a major US government research on nuclear energy . She arrives in Istambul where is the prime suspect , Tony Mecenas (Horst Buchholz) , a con who carries out illegal games supported by his hoodlums (Gustavo Ré , Alvaro De Luna) , being pursued by the stiff Inspector Mallouk (Angel Picazo) . In the course of the investigation , Kelly meets Tony , who , moved by the beauty of Kelly and the reward of one million dollars , will help her find the professor . As several international agents and Chinese spies track him , chase him , unarm or undress him , but Tony goes on his dangerous adventures full of action and amusement.


THAT MAN IN ISTANBUL (1965) ORIGINAL TRAILER



THAT MAN IN ISTANBUL (1965) FULL MOVIE



THAT MAN IN ISTANBUL (1965) POSTERS



Music: Georges Garvarentz
Cinematography: Juan Gelpí
Edited by: Juan Pallejá
Set Decoration: Juan Alberto Soler (as Juan Alberto)
Costume Design: Antonio Cortés (as Tony Cortes)
Production companies: Compagnia Cinematografica Mondiale (CCM), Edition et Diffusion Cinématographique (E.D.I.C.), Isasi
Running time: 114 minutes

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Agent 3S3: Requiem for a Secret Agent (1966)


REQUIEM FOR A SECRET AGENT (1966)


Requiem per un agente segreto (original title)

Der Chef schickt seinen besten Mann (West Germany)
Consigna: Tánger 67 (Spain)
Un certain Monsieur Bingo (France)

1966 Italy | Spain | West Germany
Direction: Sergio Sollima
Actors: Stewart Granger, Daniela Bianchi, Peter van Eyck

After the murder of an American secret agent by an international ring of assassins, the US foregoes sending another government agent but hires an amoral mercenary named Merrill to shut the organisation down. The Americans arrange for Merrill, nicknamed Bingo, to work with a Norwegian secret agent named Erik as a Norwegian national named Edith identifies Rubeck, the head of the assassination ring. The Norwegians want Rubeck taken to Oslo to stand trial for killing all the passengers aboard an airliner when Rubeck planted a bomb to kill one passenger. The Americans initially agree but want Merrill to capture and interrogate Rubeck for the details of his organisation.

The film was Sollima’s third and last Eurospy film, and the first one he directed with his real name (in the two previous spy films he was credited as Simon Sterling).

1965 Agent 3S3: Passport to Hell (1965) as Simon Sterling
1966 Agent 3S3, Massacre in the Sun (1966) as Simon Sterling


REQUIEM FOR A SECRET AGENT (1966) SOUNDTRACK: PIERO UMLIANI



REQUIEM FOR A SECRET AGENT (1966) SOUNDTRACK: PIERO UMLIANI



REQUIEM FOR A SECRET AGENT (1966) POSTERS


Music: Antonio Pérez Olea
Cinematography: Carlo Carlini
Edited by: Francisco Jaumandreu (as Francisco Jaumeandreu), Waltraut Lindenau (German version)
Art Direction: Román Calatayud, Teddy Villalba (as Tadeo Villaba)
Costume Design: Nadia Vitali
Production companies: Constantin Film, Produzioni Europee Associate (PEA) (as Produzioni Europee Associati (PEA)), Venus P.C. S.L.
Running time: 102 minutes

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Operation Kid Brother (1967)


OPERATION KID BROTHER (1967)


OK Connery (original title)

Operation Kid Brother
Kid Brother
Divided Evil

1967 Italy
Direction: Alberto De Martino
Actors: Neil Connery, Daniela Bianchi, Adolfo Celi

The evil crime syndicate Thanatos is bent on taking over the world, using a magnetic wave generator that will cause all metal-based machinery to grind to a halt. However, the well-known British secret agent normally assigned to such tasks isn’t available, so they engage his civilian brother, Neil, to help. Neil, played by Neil Connery, is a world-class plastic surgeon, hypnotist, and lip-reader, which turn out to be precisely the skills required for thwarting Thanatos.


OPERATION KID BROTHER (1967) TRAILER



OPERATION KID BROTHER (1967) ALTERNATIVE POSTER



Music: Ennio Morricone, Bruno Nicolai
Cinematography: Giovanni Bergamini (as Gianni Bergamini)
Edited by: Otello Colangeli
Art Direction: Franco Fontana
Set Decoration: Adolfo Cofiño (as Adolfo Cofino), Massimo Tavazzi
Costume Design: Gaia Romanini
Production companies: Produzione D.S. (Dario Sabatello)
Running time: 104 minutes

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Modesty Blaise (1966)


MODESTY BLAISE (1966)


1966 UK
Direction: Joseph Losey
Actors: Monica Vitti, Terence Stamp, Dirk Bogarde

A spy spoof in the 60s tradition featuring the comic book heroine Modesty Blaise set in the Italian Mediterranean.

A beautiful former criminal named Modesty (Monica Vitti) decides to go straight and so begins working for the Secret Service, which sends her to infiltrate a ring of jewel thieves. But soon after she joins the gang, dangerous head crook Gabriel (Dirk Bogarde) grows suspicious of his new recruit, and Modesty realizes that British Intelligence gave her a mission she wasn’t meant to survive. She then enlists her former partner in crime, Willie (Terence Stamp), to help her outwit both sides.


MODESTY BLAISE (1966) TRAILER



MODESTY BLAISE (1966) FULL MOVIE



Music: John Dankworth
Cinematography: Jack Hildyard (DoP), Davis Boulton (uncredited)
Edited by: Reginald Beck
Art Direction: Jack Shampan
Costume Design: Beatrice Dawson
Production companies: Modesty Blaise Ltd., Twentieth Century-Fox Productions
Running time: 119 minutes

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