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077 Operation Hong Kong Add to Shopping Cart
Helmut Ashley 1964
Brad Harris, Horst Frank, Maria perschy in English with Korean subs
In English with Korean Subtitles. Maria Perschy, Brad Harris, and Horst Frank star in this sixties
espionage tale directed by Helmut Ashley (director of some of the German Edgar Wallace
series). There is a seedy Oriental underground drug trade that is poisoning the youth of
America so an American and German operative are brought in to solve the problem. Harris and
Frank are quite good and Perschy looks great and can act too.
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28 Minutes For $3 Million Add to Shopping Cart
Maurizio Pradeaux 1967
Richard Harrison, Erna Scheurer in English with dutch subs
Letterboxed print. Here's an Italian caper film in the mold of 7 GOLDEN MEN. Richard Harrison
leads a team of experts who plan on stealing a huge diamond from an impregnable vault. As
the title states, they only have 28 minutes to do it. Erna Scheurer co-stars and Maurizio (DEATH
STEPS IN THE DARK) Pradeaux directs
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3 Golden Serpents Add to Shopping Cart
1967
Tony Kendall, Brad Harris LETTERBOXED PRINT
Sinister Cinema has a washed out brown looking print of this Kommissar X film under the title:
ISLAND OF LOST GIRLS. Well here it is in beautiful color. Sleazy tale of girls kidnapped and
sold into white slavery. Agents Tony Kendall and Brad Harris save the day
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4 Billion In 4 Minutes Add to Shopping Cart
1975
John Richardson, Antonio Sabato, Lea lander in English with Dutch subs
The Professor (John Richardson) and a mad dog roommate (Antonio Sabato) escape from
prison. The Professor's gang, who pulled off a big robbery while he was in jail, want to divide
the loot to their advantage. The solution is to plan an even bigger job but with a nutcase like
Sabato plus a traitor involved, it's gonna be tough. Also stars Lea Lander
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A Fistful Of Diamonds Add to Shopping Cart
1966
German Cobos, Erika Blanc
Lovely Erika Blanc plays a woman whose husband is killed by diamond smugglers. She hires a
detective (German Cobos) to help find her husband's killers. She ends up being kidnapped by
the head of the syndicate and taken to Istanbul. Cobos follows and rescues her and they decide
to steal the diamonds her husband was after for themselves. A great pop art score by Piero
Umiliani.
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Agent For Harm Add to Shopping Cart
Gerd Oswald 1966
Peter Mark Richmond, Barbara Bouchet
Peter Mark Richman, Barbara Bouchet (very sexy and dangerous in this one!), Martin Kosleck,
Wendell Corey (I'm sorry, the man is drunk as a skunk here!), Robert Quarry, and Rafael
Campos star in this spy film by Gerd Oswald (who directed the best episodes of THE OUTER
LIMITS around this same time). This is one of my fave sixties spy films because everything is
so over the top! Richman is an unlikable bastard who kills anyone who pisses him off. He treats
Bouchet like crap, knocking her around or planting a big wet one on her. A scientist has
developed a killer spore that turns people into goo. Richman must get it before enemy agents
do. Campy fun! An excellent 60s spy flick
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Appointment In Beirut Add to Shopping Cart
1968
Ann Margaret, Laurence Harvey LETTERBOXED PRINT
Ann Margaret and Laurence Hbroσy star in this sixties action adventure film. Harvey plays a
casino croupier who heads to Beirut where he's part of a plot to rob the world's richest casino.
He's doublecrossed by both the criminals and the police. Ann Margaret is a singer (dressed in
her swinging sixties finest) who performs a few groovy songs and get in on the action too.
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Blueprint For A Massacre Add to Shopping Cart
Roberto Montero 1965
German Cobos, Maria Mahor, Franco Ressel
Excellent spy film by Roberto Bianchi starring German Cobos, Maria Mahor, and Franco Ressel.
Mysterious accidents are happening to the world's airlines threatening to throw the world into
panic. Cobos is the only tough guy spy left. Also has an absolutely wonderful sixties score by
Piero Umiliani
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Borman Add to Shopping Cart
1967
Liani orfei, Kitty Swan, Dominique Boschero
letterboxed print. Here's an offbeat entry in the Sixties spy genre that involves both Neo-Nazis
and original Nazis in a plot to revive the Fourth Reich. Secret agent Tobert Kent is put in charge
of hunting down Martin Borman and squashing his plans for world domination. Liani Orfei, Kitty
Swan and Dominique Boschero co-star
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Cave Of Diamonds Add to Shopping Cart
Gianfranco Parolina 1965
Brad Harris, Paul Hubschmid LETTERBOXED PRINT
A journalist (Paul Hubschmidt) goes to Bangkok to try and locate an illegal diamond mine. A
noted diamond smuggler (Horst Frank) is nosing around too. Then there's Joe Warren (Brad
Harris), an undercover agent for America who is looking for the Yellow Tiger, a really bad guy!
Who will find the damn mine and what will they do with its riches when it is discovered?
Directed by Gianfranco Parolini (the auteur of the Sabata Spaghetti Western series).
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Crime At The Carribean Add to Shopping Cart
1966
Frederick Stafford, Jean Seberg LETTERBOXED PRINT
Excon Frederick Stafford is hired by a rich industrialist to perform a huge heist. Jean Seberg
(the beautiful blonde who died tragically from a drug overdose) initially distrusts Stafford but as
fate (and the movie industry) have it, fall in love and plan their escape.
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Danger Death Ray Add to Shopping Cart
1965
Gordon Scott, Silvia Solar LETTERBOXED PRINT
Excellent Italo Spy film starring Gordon Scott, Maureen Delphy, Sylvia Solar and Nello
Pazzofini. A dangerous death ray has been stolen from the US and Scott has 24 hours to locate
it and either destroy or salvage the weapon. Meanwhile the bad guys throw plenty of violence
and sexy women at him to hopefully distract him from his mission!
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Danger Route Add to Shopping Cart
Seth Holt 1968
Richard Johnson, Carol Lynley, Barbara Bouchet
Here's an incredibly rare British spy film by Seth Holt. Jonas (Richard Johnson) is hired to
eliminate a British defector. He wants it to be his last job so that he can settle down with his
girlfriend (Carol Lynley). He's very upset when a young woman (Barbara Bouchet) is brought in
to help with the operation. Of course he's double-crossed and everyone he thinks he can trust
becomes his enemy. A complex plot, gritty performance by Johnson and a host of cameos
(Diana Dors, Harry Andrews) make this an interesting production from Horror specialist Amicus
Productions
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Death In A Red Jaguar Add to Shopping Cart
1968
George Nader, Robert Fuller LETTERBOXED PRINT
First time in English. George Nader stars as FBI man, Jerry Cotton, a series of spy films made
in Germany. Jerry sends a mobster (Robert Fuller) to prison and the underworld vows revenge
by sending out a series of hitmen to try and knock Jerry off
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Death Pays In Dollars Add to Shopping Cart
Mino Loy 1965
Stephen Forsythe, Dominique Boschero, Mitsouko LETTERBOXED PRINT
Euro spy film starring Stephen (HATCHET FOR A HONEYMOON) Forsyte, Dominique Boschero,
and Mitsouko. A criminal secret society plan on flooding the world with counterfeit American
dollars. Those dollars are ripped off by a female traitor and so the organizations send their
hired killers to track her down. Meanwhile, the American secret service sends their best agent
after her to get their hands on those dollars. Carlo Savina provides the score and it was
directed by Mino Loy.
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Desperate Mission Add to Shopping Cart
Roberto Montero 1965
German Cobos, Yoko Tanni, Milton reid LETTERBOXED PRINT
Sixties spy film fans rejoice! Here's a terrific spy film with gadgets, sexy sirens and a macho
kick ass secret agent, Robert manning played by German Cobos (who is just right as a tongue
in cheek tough guy). Roberto Montero directs and Yoko Tanni, Milton Reid, Leontime May co-
star. Cobos heads to the Orient to intercept a secret weapon but is too late to keep it from
falling into the wrong hands. Can he save the world for democracy?
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Diamond's Are A Man's Best Friend Add to Shopping Cart
1966
Gastone Moschin, Liani orfei LETTERBOXED PRINT
Here's an English language version of a terrific Italian spy film (RAYMASTER) that features the
beautiful Liana Orfei as a beautiful Femme Fatale. Ray Master is accused of stealing a valuable
jewel and must use his secret agent abilities to prove his innocence.
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Dick Smart Agent 2-007 Add to Shopping Cart
Franco Prosperi 1967
Margaret Lee, Richard Wyler LETTERBOXED PRINT
Franco Prosperi directs this terrific spy spoof starring Richard Wyler as the horny but dangerous
secret agent. The villain this time is beautiful Margaret Lee as a crazy scientist who wants to
destroy the world with a Triton bomb!
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Hot Enough For June Add to Shopping Cart
Ralph Thomas 1964
Dirk Bogarde, Sylva Koscina, Robert Morley
Letterboxed print. Terrible title, wonderful 60s SPY SPOOF starring Dirk Bogarde, Sylva
Koscina, and Robert Morley and directed by Ralph Thomas. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Bogarde
plays an innocent unemployed speech writer on a  trip to Eastern Europe. Actually an
undercover spy, he meets Koscina who is also an undercover (in more ways than one!) spy
and together they make a very odd couple. Koscina is quite sexy (and for the early 60s pretty
hot stuff here) and Bogarde uses all his drollery to spoof the 007 conventions
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Hunter Of The Unknown Add to Shopping Cart
Sergio Sollima 1966
Giorgio Ardisson, Frank Wolff, Eva Mirandi, Fernando Sancho
For those hungering for a sixties spy film, here's your fix! A part of the Agent S3S series
starring Giorgio Ardisson and directed by Sergio Sollima, this one co-stars Frank Wolff, Evi
Marandi, and Fernando Sancho, with great music by Piero Umiliani. On a Caribbean island, a
rogue general is collecting large amounts of radioactive material. Both the Americans and the
Russians are headed to the island to kidnap a scientist that can reveal the General's plans.
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Italian Secret Service Add to Shopping Cart
1968
Nino Manfredi, Gastone Moschin WITH ENGLISH SUBS
Capellini (Nino Manfredi), reluctant hero of the Italian resistance during WW2, has been asked
to join the UN secret service to kill a Neo-Nazi. He doesn't have the balls to do so and ends up
subcontracting it out to another. This guy is also a chicken and before too long, there are a
halfdozen would be assassins running around! Turns out they have all been misled as the guy
isn't really a Neo-Nazi, but is involved involved in something else much more dangerous, selling
the secret of Coca Cola to the Russians! Gastone Moschin co-stars
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Kill Me Gently Add to Shopping Cart
Gianfranco Parolina 1968
Tony Kendall, Brad Harris
letterboxed print. The Kommisar X team of Brad Harris and Tony Kendall return in
thispsychedelic spy film that involves LSD! The drug syndicate floods the market with LSD and
the boys have to find the supplier before the whole country suffers a massive freakout. Great
spy film that could only have been made in the sixties
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Kill Panther Kill Add to Shopping Cart
Gianfranco Parolina 1966
Tony Kendall, Brad Harris, Erika Blanc LETTERBOXED PRINT
Brad Harris and Tony Kendall teamup for another entry in the popular Kommissar X film. This
time they travel to Canada to capture an escaped convict who has hidden jewels in a famous
statue, the 3 blue panthers, with his twin brother. The outlaw kills his good brother and with his
wife (Erika Blanc) try to figure out where the statue has disappeared to. Directed by Gianfranco
Parolini.
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Killers Are Challenged Add to Shopping Cart
Antonio Margheriti 1965
Richard Harrison, Janine Reynaud, Wandisa Guida LETTERBOXED PRINT
Here's another great sixties spy film appearing in english for the first time. Dr. Coleman has
discovered an alternative source of energy and agent Bob Fleming (Richard Harrison) has been
assigned to impersonate him in order to locate the group out to kill him (Gee it wouldn't be
that Texas Oil Millionaire would it?). The bad guys are led by Janine (SUCCUBUS) Reynaud who
uses any method (including taking the lash to beautiful Wandisa Guida) to get the secret
formula.
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LSD Inferno Add to Shopping Cart
1967
Guy Madison, Franca Polsello, Luciano Rossi in English with Grrek Subs
Italian spy films were somewhat ahead of their time when it came to the hallucinogen LSD.
Here's a terrific sixties spy flick with Guy Madison, Franca Polesello, and Luciano Rossi. Madison
plays super spy Rex Miller, a spy from birth (as a kid he devised lots of ways to murder people
(!!).He is onto a plot by a nutzoid villain (Mister X) who wants to expose everyone to LSD. The
trip effects are cheap but the music and set design are pure spy film bliss!
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Maroc 7 Add to Shopping Cart
Gerry O'Hara 1965
Gene Barry, Cyd Charisse, Elsa Martinelli, Alexandra Stewart
Letterboxed print. British Caper film directed by Gerry O'Hara and starring Gene Barry, Elsa
Martinelli, Cyd Charisse and Alexandra Stewart. Barry plays a suave jewel thief who steals the
jewels from another thief played by Cyd Charisse. She ends up hiring him to travel to Morrocco
to help steal a medallion that belonged to Cleopatra! Well of course he takes the job and of
course there are plenty of double and triple crosses in this very smart 60s film
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Matchless Add to Shopping Cart
Giuliano Montaldo 1966
Patrick O'Neal, Henry Silva, Nicoletta machiavelli
Excellent sixties Italo spy flick starring Patrick O'Neal as a man who has a secret formula that
allows him to become invisible for 10 hours. Needless to say all the foreign spy agencies (and
including our own!) want to capture him and steal the formula. Ira Von Furstenberg, Donald
Pleasence, Henry Silva and Nicoletta Machiavelli co-star and Ennio Morricone provides the score.
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Mission Goldwater Agent Sigma Add to Shopping Cart
Gian Paolo Callegan 1966
Jack taylor, Sylvia Solar In English with Spanish subs
Terrific spy flick from the sixties starring Jack Taylor and Silva Solar, directed by Gian Paolo
Callegan. Taylor is a tongue in Cheek Bondian hero rescuing the ladies and thwarting a mad
scientists' plot to rule the world.
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mm 83 Add to Shopping Cart
Sergio Bergonzelli 1965
Gerald Blain, Pier Angeli
Sixties spy film with Gerald Blain and Pier Angeli, directed by Sergio Bergonzelli. A briefcase
full of important documents has gone missing. Agent Jack Morrow is assigned to protect a
scientist who knows what is missing that makes the documents so important. Great music,
exotic locations and action sequences makes this a terrific Italo-Spy concoction!
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Moving Target Add to Shopping Cart
Sergio Corbucci 1967
Ty Hardin, Gordon Mitchell, Michael Rennie, Paola Pitagora
Ty hardin stars as a man on the run from Michael Rennie and his organization. Gordon Mitchell
co-stars as a total bad ass hit man!
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Moving target Add to Shopping Cart
Enzo Castellari 1992
Bud Spencer
Bud Spencer is back as Detective ExtraLarge with his trusty sidekick, Dumas (Phillip Michael
Thomas). When Spencer is hired to escort a nuclear scientist to his hotel, the good doctor is
shot to pieces. Before he dies, he slips some top secret info into Big Bud's pocket. Meanwhile a
terrorist group and the CIA are all after the same info
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No Diamonds For Ursula Add to Shopping Cart
Gino Magini 1968
Dana Andrews, Mario Brega, Jean Yanne, Jeanne Valerie
Dana Andrews, Mario Brega, Jean Yanne and Jeanne Valeriee star in this obscure but well
made Italian Caper film by Gino (HYENA OF LONDON) Magini and excellent score by Carlo
Rustichelli. A blackmailer uses his talents to put together a band of 5 criminals whom he forces
to pull off a daring diamond robbery. They of course want to kill him so they not him will profit
from the operation. Of course things don't go as planned!
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Notturno Add to Shopping Cart
1983
Tony Musante, Maurizio Merli Complete 8 hour version on 4 dvds!
Most people who have seen this have seen a 90 minute version of this drug smuggling crime
thriller but here is the fully uncut almost 8 hour version in English (with Japanese subs) for the
very first time and in perfect quality. Tony Musante plays a man who is forced to perform an
assassination on a Russian operative. He is chosen for his special ability to see in the dark and
his marksmanship. Will he do it or can he rescue his kidnapped daughter before he is killed by
the very people who hired him. An allstar cast includes Maurizio Merli, Claudio Cassinelli, Cinzia
De Ponti and Al Cliver. Lots of previously unheard music by Goblin!

OSS 77 OPERATION LOTUS FLOWER (1965)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Not monitored by the Red Guards, Professor Chou Yen was flying to the United States to warn the UN that China is in possession of nuclear weapons and intends to use it to play a leading role in international arena now dominated by Russians and Americans . Survived the attack scored against the plane on which he traveled, the scientist is likely to fall into the hands of his captors, but manages to confuse his trail with the help of the secret agent OSS 77 that puts him safely on board a submarine off the Italian coast. The mission of Fu Chou Yen now seems destined to a happy conclusion, but China has decided to accelerate and, in the bewilderment of world public opinion, detonates its first nuclear bomb. Stars Robert Kent (Sandro Moretti) , Dominique Boschero, Yoko Tani, Gaia Germani.

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SPY IN YOUR EYE (1966)-Letterboxed print.Beautiful print! Never seen kidnapping victims transported in giant size toothpaste tubes? Amused by hunchbacks with retractable knives in their hunches? Got a hankering for animatronic statues of Napoleon that can kill? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, Spy In Your Eye is the film you've been waiting for all your life. Andrews plays a spy boss with a video camera installed in his left eye socket, but his character is actually peripheral to that of secret agent Brett Halsey, who's assigned to rescue the daughter (Pier Angeli) of an East German scientist. The commies (Soviet and Chinese) are also on her tail, as she possesses a valuable formula discovered by her late, Nobel-prize winning father. The action is plentiful, there's lots of impressive location photography (Berlin, Paris,Beirut Side note about the score: it's credited to Riz Ortolani, but there are some 'futuristic' cues in the early going that I swear must have been composed by Alberto Lavagnino.

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THE BLACK PANTHER OF RATANA (1963)-In German with english subs, letterboxed print. Jürgen Roland's Der schwarze Panther von Ratana involves an undercover agent searching for those who stole a priceless ruby in this West German/Italian made action-adventure starring Brad Harris, Marianne Koch, Heinz Drache, Horst Frank, Luciana Gilli, Carlo Tamberlani, Ignazio Dolce, Dorothee Parker, Chris Howland.

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RED DRAGON (1965)-Beautiful letterboxed print! Starring Stewart Granger, Rosanna Schiafino and Horst Frank. In a Hong Kong park, a man brushes against the arm of a girl sitting on a bench, and she slips to the ground, murdered. Immediately afterward, the man is killed also. The F.B.I.(say what?) swings into action: the dead woman was connected with a jewel-smuggling ring, and the man was a federal agent. Federal agent Scott is given the assignment and finds a way to sneak agent Carol into the smuggling gang, and then contacts Norman, the F.B.I connection in Hong Kong. Carol is working now for Pierre Milot, the man who directs the underground traffic for an unknown mysterious boss.

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POISON IVY (1953)-In French with english subs. Here is the movie which made Eddie Constantine a star in France. Lemmy Caution is an American FBI Agent sent to Casablanca to investigate a stolen shipment of gold. The film plays as cross between a detective film noir and a spy film. Interesting to see note some of the similarities to the early James Bond films in this French flic from 1953. But a highly entertaining film in it's own right.  Lemmy Caution is bad ass; fighting, smoking, drinking, and charming the femmes!

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DIAMONDS ARE A MAN'S BEST FRIEND (1966)- Director: Vittorio Sala, Cast: Felix Martin, Gastone Moschin, Luciano Pigozzi, Seyna Seyn, Liana Orfei. A celebrated thief robs a princess of a precious diamond.  However, it soon appears that he's stolen the wrong one.  So he heads to Bangkok, where he engineers a massive heist with the aid of high-tech equipment.  At the same time, however, a crime lord hires lovely female to keep her eye on the jewel-thief, as he has his own plans for the diamond.

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DATE FOR A MURDER (1967)-Letterboxed print. Two American friends coincidentally meet each other in the Italian countryside and agree to get back together again a couple of days later in Rome, after they both settled some private affairs. When one of them doesn't show up, the other one gets concerned and fears that something suspicious happened. He investigates the case himself and it doesn't take long before he's entangled in a network of industrial espionage, blackmail and even cold-blooded murder. The story, especially towards the finale, is rather predictable and the obligatory love-story is completely pointless. The heroic duo (the American and a local police commissioner) are likable characters and all the villains look effectively menacing, most notably the creepy guy in motorized wheelchair! Made around the same time as DEATH LAID AN EGG, both films seem influenced by each other's crazy directorial style.  Directed by Mino Guerrini and starring Giorgio Ardisson and Haline Zalewska.

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FBI OPERATION BAALBECK (1964)-Letterboxed print. Director: Marcello Giannini, Cast: Rossana Podestà, Jacques Sernas, George Sanders, Folco Lulli, Leopoldo Trieste, Miranda Martino. Rossana Podesta really kicks ass in this one! Euro spy thriller about a secret agent who attempts to penetrate a multi-national criminal organization that traffics in drugs and weapons. Part of the fun of watching Last Plane To Baalbeck is discovering for yourself just who is who. Is Jacques Sernas the agent sent to stop the illicit arms sales to the Middle East? Is Rossana Podesta the drug addicted stewardess out to make a big score? Is George Sanders running the show behind his archaeologist day job? Or is it Yoko Tani, his assistant, who is the real brains behind the operation? I'll tell you one thing, it ain't Fulco Lulli. He went on to play the rotund beer magnate villain in the lesser Lightning Bolt. Here Lulli's a jolly fellow in the company of Sernas but just who's side is he on exactly? Lulli does things in this movie like shoot seagulls from Sernas's yacht. Not only that, his gunfire turns out to be Morse code! Good thing ammunition is cheap when you have to send long messages.The true identity of the secret agent isn't revealed until well over an hour into the picture so in the mean time you can enjoy the groovy jazz score by Marcello De Martino, the nice black and white photography of some exotic and ancient Beirut-area locations, and the fun gangster-era lingo of the bad guys like `go fly a kite,' `you heels,' and the ever-popular `you dirty low-down rats.' And don't laugh when a cop tells his men to go over the classifieds in the newspaper for the last two years and see if there's a secret code. They find one!

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ASSAULT ON THE STATE TREASURY (1967)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Cast: Roger Browne, Lucio Casoria, Sandro Dori, Angela De Leo, Rosy De Leo, Dina De Santis. Twenty million dollars are going to be transferred from an Arab central bank to a British oil company. Four of the biggest criminals in the world are in charge to rob it. An undefined intelligence agency tries to stop them. An infiltrator is not sure for who is working for whom. A complicated twist is waiting beyond the corner and will include a love affair too.

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CODENAME JAGUAR (1965)-BEAUTIFUL LETTERBOXED PRINT. Director: Maurice Labro, Cast: Ray Danton, Pascale Petit, Conrado San Martín, Roger Hanin, Horst Frank, Wolfgang Preiss, The film follows super spy Jeff Larson, AKA Jaguar, as he is assigned to a mission that has him trying to discover the where-abouts of a new Russian spy device that is at present costing his organization a good deal of precious information to leak into the wrong hands. With the help of a few fellow agents, namely Robert Stuart played by Roger Hanin, and a string of sexy female companions, played by Pascale Petit and Helga Sommerfeld, Larson dives head long into the fray, determined to find out what is at the bottom of this mysterious plot.

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ESPIONAGE IN LISBON (1965)-BEAUTIFUL WIDESCREEN PRINT. Brett Halsey is George Farrell, agent 077. (There were at least ten spy films made in the sixties having to do with agent 077, some explicitly titled as such, some not so, that starred several different actors in the role. In this one, someone writes `0-7-7' on a piece of paper during a casino scene. Clue!) Halsey is literally dragged out of bed, where he was entertaining a lady, and sent to Lisbon to find a missing scientist. He never does find him but it's a lot of fun anyway as he and fellow agent Terry Brown (Marilu Tolo) put the pieces of the puzzle together.

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RIFFI IN TOKYO (1963)-IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBS, LETTERBOXED PRINT. Charles Vanel gathers a cool-headed Karl Boehm and an unstable electronics expert, Michel Vitold, to rob a bank vault for a diamond. As in The Asphalt Jungle, things do not work out quite as planned.The film makes really excellent use of outdoor Tokyo locations. Especially at the start and finish, the Japanese cinematographer takes us back to the best days of noir blacks and whites and shadows. At the start, we see the target building in detail. It is highly geometric, with rectangles. Very stalwart and formidable. But outside the vault in which the jewel is kept is a ceiling decor casting shadows like a web. In the heist itself, there is an excellent use of texture of the outer stone as the building is breached. In between, we get views of many aspects of Tokyo, both orderly (especially trains and fences) and disorderly, juxtaposed.The acting is uniformly excellent. The script develops a subplot that involves Vitold's wife, Barbara Lass, whom he has brought along. (Boehm and Lass were married between 1963 and 1980.) Another subplot involves a Japanese gang that is interfering with Vanel's efforts all the way.The movie has a tone of world-weariness, fatality, the last chance, neurosis, greed, and obsession, depending on the character and situation.Director Jacques Deray has put it all together very nicely indeed. He went on to make many more thrillers and neo-noirs. The music of Georges Delerue is discreet and well complements the action. Attractive Keiko Kishi provides good support as well. She was Eiko in The Yakuza (1974), a movie likely to be more familiar to American audiences.

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CARDS ON THE TABLE (1966)-In French with english subs. Finally, a beautiful, uncut and letterboxed version of Jess Franco's ATTACK OF THE ROBOTS! A mad scientist uses his army of mechanical monsters to control people who have Type O blood. Cast: Eddie Constantine ... Al Pereira, Françoise Brion ... Lady Cecilia Addington Courtney, Fernando Rey ... Sir Percy. ' ATTACK OF THE ROBOTS is a Spanish-French co-production made by the same creative team responsible for THE DIABOLICIAL DR Z (1965). Both movies were given a tremendous boost by the imaginative screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere (who had worked for the great Luis Bunuel on many of his French productions). This perhaps explains the sarcastic French-style humor in ATTACK OF THE ROBOTS, which differentiates this from the more slapstick orientation of Franco's later Eurospy efforts (such as LUCKY THE INSCRUTABLE and KISS ME MONSTER [both 1967]). For instance, the opening assassination scenes include the murder of an ambassador and then a high church official, scenes that are staged with a slightly absurd, surreal touch which anticipates similar scenes found in future Carriere-Bunuel projects, THE MILKY WAY [1969] and THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE [1972].

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OSS 117 TAKES A VACATION (1970)-in French with english subs. The rarest and last of the OSS 117 series (before the series was jumpstarted recently), it stars Luc Merenda as the titular character. OSS 117 (Luc Merenda) is the French secret agent working for the CIA. His Brazilian vacation is interrupted when he kills a look alike villain stalking him. Soon he is pursued by international agents who believe he is the dead man. Elsa Martinelli provides his romantic interest in a film that patterns itself after the many James Bond features. Elsa martinelli co-stars.

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DESTINATION ISTANBUL (1967)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Eurospy fans rejoice, here's another obscure but great film from that genre. Director: Miguel Iglesias and starring Giacomo Rossi-Stuart and Mónica Randall. A flood of counterfeit dollars  creates  alarm in the world marketplace. Jeff, a dynamic young journalist is commissioned by the director of his newspaper to investigate this  very strange case: finds out the whereabouts of his friend, Professor Norton who  mysteriously disappeared and may be involved in causing the monetary chaos.

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CAVE OF DIAMONDS (1964)-Letterboxed print, some scenes in German only in this UNCUT version. Action/adventure film set in Thailand in 1964.  A Dutch policeman is sent to Thailand masquerading as a journalist to investigate the sudden appearance of a large quantity of diamonds on the market.  He discovers the diamonds are coming from a gangster-run mine near the Mekong River and shuts down their operation.   Then there's Joe Warren (Brad Harris), an undercover agent for America who is looking for the Yellow Tiger, a really bad guy! who's also interested in the diamonds.  Also, noted diamond smuggler (Horst Frank) is nosing around too.  Who will find the damn mine and what will they do with its riches when it is discovered? Cave Of Diamonds is nice little eurospy romp that came out from Germany in the early sixties.  There are several examples of this kind of stuff.   If you've seem any of these type of flics, then you know what's in store here.  It's about a bunch of dudes looking for an illegal diamond mine in the jungles of Thailand.  Since none of them trusts each other, they spend most of their time spying, following, and cross examining each other to find out what the others are up to.  Undercover journalist Werner Homfeld played by Paul Hubschmid eventually teams up with Joe Warren [Brad Harris] in the investigation.  Other bad dude Philippe Lemaire spies on both of them and follows their investigation, hoping to find the mine after eliminating the others.  Then we have another shady character played by Cult Favorite Horst Frank who's also in on the party.   Everybody is watching everybody else just to make sure that they don't get ahead of them too much.  Eventually all of this gets out of hand and explodes into an action-packed finale when the mine is located and the boys make their way out into the jungle to find the mine.

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DICK SMART (1967)-Finally, a beautiful widescreen version of this awesome Eurospy film. If you're a fan of far-out Euro-Spy films from the 60s with cool sets and set-pieces,exotic locations, Margaret Lee, groovy music, and over-the-top gadgets, and if the lack of a coherent plot doesn't bother you, then Dick Smart 2.007 is a must see. Actually, I'm not sure if the plot is really all that incoherent or if the audio on my transfer was so bad that I often couldn't tell what was going on. But why let a little thing like the plot get in the way of this much fun? What I did get out of it – Lady Lister (Margaret Lee) has gathered five of the most renowned nuclear scientists in the world and stashed them in her secret, underground Brazilian lair. She has developed a means of converting coal into diamonds using a controlled nuclear explosion. She has a partner in crime, McDiamond, who sees other possibilities for Lady Lister's discovery. The CIA (at least I think it was the CIA) hires part-time super-spy Dick Smart (Richard Wyler) to put a stop to their plans.

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SO DEADLY SO DARLING (1966)-Letterboxed print. Tony Kendall as Jo Louis Walker / 'Kommissar X'     Brad Harris as Captain Tom Rowland. Ok you secret agents out there, here we go again, with a nice little spy romp called: Kommissar X - So Darling, So Deadly.  If you're into these sorts of things then you know what i mean.  This Kommissar X movie is probably the most action packed of them all.  Practically every scene ends with the boys getting into some sort of trouble and then kicking, punching, running, fist fighting themselves out of it.  Just harmless fun 60s style.

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BARAKA X-15 (1966)-Letterboxed print. This stars Gerard Barray, Sylva Koscina and Agnes Spaak. Baraka X-13 is a neglected but worthy spy flick, overlooked due to Bond mania. Fans of the genre should readily take to handsome Gerard Barray as he works to foil an international plot. Unlike the Bond films, this one is a bit more believable as it relies less on fantastic gadgetry and special effects. The agility and endurance, as well as the charm of Barray's character are the main ingredients which he has in abundance. The sinister deliberate arrangement of the initial passenger plane crash effectively opens the film on an intense, dark note. The action and pace never let up and there are some unforgettable sequences such as Barray fighting a blonde female spy dressed in a nightgown who is expert enough in judo type combat to take him down several times and throw him around the room before she's bested. There are several brutal killings and a memorable, heavy-duty torture and flogging scene of Barray.

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DEATH IS NIMBLE, DEATH IS QUICK (1966)-Letterboxed print. Tony Kendall as Jo Louis Walker / 'Kommissar X'     Brad Harris as Captain Tom Rowland. One of six films in the German "Kommissar X" series, this plays a bit like a "Dr. No" wannabe with the action switched to Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and with two heroes instead of one. The heroes are played by Tony Kendall and Brad Harris and the bald-headed henchman by Dan Vadis and together or separately these three actors appeared in a number of those sword-and-sandal and secret-agent and spaghetti-western movies which came out of Europe in the 1960s. As an example of the secret-agent genre, this is familiar and forgettable but modestly entertaining if one isn't too demanding. There's a goodly amount of action, a bit of exotic scenery, (though not as much as one would wish), and a couple of pretty girls -- one blonde and one with black hair. The chief villain turns out to be one of those "mad scientists" who's perfected a deadly form of bacteria.

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OPERATION POKER (1965)-English dubbed with 15 extra minutes of new footage with english subs! Letterboxed print. Director: Osvaldo Civirani, Cast: Roger Browne, José Greci, Sancho Gracia, Roberto Messina, and Helga Liné. After an initial explosion that comes right out of the blue and gets things started,we get Helga Liné enjoying her waterskying in Malaga, while Nora Orlandi soothingly hums along to a tune by Stelvio Cipriani. We're in Eurospy heaven, no doubt, and the agent who pulls her along is Foster. Yeah, you heard me right. Foster from Texas. Never heard of him. Then we get Foster making out with another girl on the beach, and enjoying a game of Poker. We get a few minutes of sped-up driving around the countryside, and some half-assed nightly shootout. Foster knocks Helga out (she might have killed his partner...), and they go to bed. Back in London, Operation Poker is suspended, and Foster is to go to Geneva to protect a Vietnamese fugitive. That's the guy who was to die in the explosion at the beginning, lol. And the good guys knew all about it from the start. That doesn't make sense, but sure is FUN. The Vietnamese guy learns that the fellows on the plane are all friendly agents, though they look like businessmen. Back at the airport, they go by them and are inspected one by one by the incredulous oriental man. Just what...!? Alright, alright, the guys are killed off one by one. Meanwhile, there's two cool gadgets: A DOG WITH a SELF-DESTRUCTING SENSOR on his bracelet fooling enemy agents. And: an INFRARED CAMERA of which Foster makes shameless use. There's plenty of ACTION: a roof chase, a brawl between two sturdy guys, and a final shootout with a suitably high body count, in a brewery. Then, there's a racist ending, and Foster takes care of his beauties' needs one after the other.

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FULLER REPORT (1969)-Letterboxed print. Uncut version with some brief nudity. One of the most unexpected things about the "Fuller Report" is that its central hero is NOT a secret agent, but a race car driver who gets caught up in the espionage business purely by chance. So he has to survive more on his wits and instincts rather than his skills. The plot itself is quite intriguing, though a little rushed near the end, with a couple of twists you probably won't see coming. Ken Clark is agreeable as the hero, and Beba Loncar is beyond gorgeous as the Russian ballerina about whom the (now missing) title report has been written and who may or may not know more than she is telling; seriously, even the word "gorgeous" is not adequate to describe this woman. Well-shot in Stockholm, Zürich and London, the film is no great shakes, but for fans of the genre, it does the job.

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OPERATION ATLANTIS (1965)-Beautiful widescreen print. Director: Domenico Paolella, Cast: John Ericson, Carlo Hinterman, Bernardina Sarrocco, Cristina Gaioni, María Granada, and Erika Blanc. An American agent discovers that the Red Chinese have built a secret atomic city from which they will attempt to invade America. Operation Atlantis is an odd Eurospy film that mixes elements from sci-fi films and Eurospy together, with rather entertaining results.  This combination was also tried in the 007 adventure Moonraker, to the displeasure of some fans.  And while Operation Atlantis clearly isn't in the same league as the Bonds, at least our secret agent keeps his feet on the ground and doesn't go wandering off into outer space, then shoot it up with laser guns.  A fun, if bizarre Eurospy.  Enjoy.

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SECRET OF THE SPHINX (1964)-Letterboxed and really nice print! Directed by Duccio tessari and starring Tony Russell, Maria Perschy, and Ivan Desny. An insurance investigator (Tony Russell) goes to Egypt in search of some missing gold bars, and hooks up with the wife (beautiful Maria Perchy) of the prime suspect for their theft. They decide that it would be best if he impersonated her husband, a technician, and they both accompany an archaeological expedition, which would give them the perfect cover for their search. But trouble begins when the wife impulsively shoots the real husband, and now they have to hide the dead body as well....Perhaps the most interesting aspect of "The Secret Of The Sphinx" is that it contains few "good guys" in the traditional sense - the hero is a bit of a jerk and the heroine is far from the innocent little thing she appears to be at first.

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TRAPPED IN TANGIERS (1957)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. Effective thriller directed by Riccardo Freda about a drug smuggling ring operating out of Tangiers.  This film is a very well-done tale from director Riccardo Freda. It bears many earmarks of the visual style Freda would later use in his "Coplan" films. Everything is sleekly modern, from the fashionable nightclubs of Tangiers, to the streamlined airport at the film's close. This one also shows signs of the fading neo-realistic wave, and approaches levels of film-noir at times. The story-line is also quite superb, as Purdom explores deeper and deeper the web of criminal activity he was sent to uncover. Here is one of the few films I've seen in which Purdom doesn't over-act. He keeps everything at a cool, equable level, which shows that he may not be such a bad actor as some have suggested. Gino Cervi, as usual, plays his part to perfection, and does everything naturally, while Genevieve Page highlights the film as the main beauty. Although I don't care much for the slow jazz score played throughout the film, it fits the movie nicely, and lends definite atmosphere to the overall effect. Low on the action but high on the drama, Freda keeps us keyed up at all times, as we anxiously await Purdom to escape danger, save the girl, and bust the illegal operation.This movie has Action and Thriller traits, but it seems most accurate to categorize it as Drama, since Freda takes a more cerebral approach and revels more in dialogue and scenics than in fight scenes and character psychology. You will see the influence of Hitchcock's "To Catch A Thief."

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DESPERATE MISSION (1965)-Beautiful Letterboxed print. Director: Roberto Bianchi Montero, Cast: Germán Cobos, Yoko Tani, Gianni Rizzo, Maria Luisa Rispoli, Milton Reid, and Francisco Sanz. The film begins with the extraction of a prominent nuclear scientist named Prof. Larsen, from a Chinese prison, by the hands of a clan of judo experts and by the planning of Agent Z51. Unfortunately, before Larsen can be transported back to America, Z51 is murdered, leaving the plans for Larsen's ultimate escape to fall to ruins. Hearing the news of Z51's death, the US Secret Service enlists their top man to the case, Robert Manning, AKA Agent Z55. Landing in Hong Kong, Manning must locate the now hidden Prof. Larsen while dishing out a sweet plate of revenge for his fellow fallen agent, but things aren't as easy as they first appear to be. For one thing there is a suspicious pair of locals, Su Ling and the gargantuan To-go, who have an unusual interest in Manning's presence in Hong Kong. There's also the simple fact that Prof. Larsen could be hidden anywhere and Manning has little to nothing to go on.

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3 NIGHTS OF VIOLENCE (1966)-In Italian with english subs. Walter, a journalist who recently lost his job, is feeling a bit down, and gets even more depressed when his fiancée, Lisa, vanishes. She had recently taken up with a friend of theirs, a rich older doctor. As Walter (Brett Halsey) peels away each layer of the disappearance, he digs deeper and deeper into a world of crime and corruption and he gets into more and more trouble. Director Nick Nostro (familiar to some for his "gladiator" films starring Dan Vadis) keeps the action moving fast, yet manages to focus on Walter's state of mind also. Although the film is not wall-to-wall fights, some of them are quite over the top and show Nostro's roots in the peplum genre. In one scene where Halsey is in a car chase with a suspicious character, another car cuts in front of him to stop him. Halsey gets out of the car to get into a fight with the crooks following him, and one of them belts him so hard he flies across the hood of the car! Margaret Lee is also present as a friend, Christina, who has always had feelings for Halsey but never put the move on him because of his engagement to Lisa. What is her motivation? Watch the film and see. As Italian crime-mysteries circa 1966 go, this one is quite good. With a strong leading man such as Halsey, a mystery angle that keeps the viewer guessing, and lots of action, 3 NIGHTS OF VIOLENCE is definitely worth watching

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OSS 117 IS NOT DEAD (1956)-In French with english subs, B&W print. First and rarest film in the OSS 117 series. Director: Jean Sacha,  Cast: Ivan Desny, Magali Noël. OSS 117 is the codename for Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, a fictional secret agent initially from the pen of the prolific Jean Bruce. Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath is described as being an American Colonel from Louisiana of French descent. After service in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), de La Bath worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), then the National Security Council (NSC). Bruce wrote 91 OSS 117 novels for the French publishing house Fleuve Noir Espionnage series beginning with Tu parles d'une ingénue (Ici OSS 117) in 1949, predating Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 by four years. The first OSS 117 film, OSS 117 N'est Pas Mort (OSS 117 Is Not Dead), was made in 1957 with Ivan Desny as OSS 117. Following Jean Bruce's death in a Jaguar car crash in 1963, the character continued in a successful Eurospy film series which was mostly directed by Andre Hunebelle. The role was played initially by Kerwin Matthews, and then by Frederick Stafford, with John Gavin playing the role when Stafford was filming Alfred Hitchcock's Topaz.

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HOUSE OF SPIES (1966)-In Spanish with english subs. Wonderfully entertaining Jess Franco Eurospy film starring Eddie Constantine! Dan Leyton, an American secret agent, is sent to uncover a network of spies in Turkey. The head of the Espionage Service in Istanbul, Colonel Spokane, believes they key to the case lies in a young woman´s residence. Dan is placed under the orders of Commander Pendleton who turns out to be an authoritarian woman. The key to the mystery turns out to be Spokane´s frivolous wife Janet, who unwittingly plays an important part in the enemy´s plans. This 1967 color Franco film picks up considerably in its last twenty minutes or so, when it gets serious, with an accompanying tightening of direction and cinematographic inventiveness, but the earlier parts show a lazy Franco indulging a few of his worst habits. According to the OBSESSION book, Franco shot this back to back with CARTAS BOCA ARRIBA (ATTACK OF THE ROBOTS), so perhaps there was an understandable diminution in the amount of energy and curiosity he could give to the project; or, perhaps, the money wasn't there to give the entirety an edge and a polish.

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DAMES GET ALONG (1954)-Not the shitty tv dupe from sinister cinema. This is the third Lemmy Caution adventure, the real thing before Godard spliced him in a post-modern blender for 'Alphaville' in the 1960s. Lemmy is a hard-drinking, lascivious, violent FBI special agent who operates in France solving relatively mundane crimes. He has the build of John Wayne, and his films are full of extended, masochistic brawls, the fist-fighting equivalent of swashbuckling. What saves Lemmy from the Neanderthal  fascism of Mickey Spillane is his charming gaucheness as an American in France. The murder-mystery plot is straight out of Agatha Christie, complete with red herrings, suspects and a final gathering where the great detective reveals the solution. The milieu of night-clubs, jazz, fraud, sexual intrigue, class tension and brutal violence is more familiar from hard-boiled detective fiction and film noir. The irrepressible Lemmy, easily foiling all resistance, and irresistable to women, is more of a comic book proto-James Bond figure than a sour private eye

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INVITATION TO KILL (1966)-Forget the previous shitty versions of this excellent Euro-spy entry, this one looks great and is letterboxed. Jordan is an ex-secret agent who, after many years of service, gets the boot for "health reasons". So he plans to sell a secret and highly sought after formula - if he can locate all three pieces of paper that the formula is written on, that is. His former superiors believe that he is close to getting the formula all for himself, so they send one of his old friends to convince him to cooperate with them again. You have to give the film credit for capturing the feel of a "serious" spy movie, from the raincoats that all the men wear to the footsteps sometimes being the only sound. Directed by Enrico Bomba and starring Lewis Jourdan and Helene Chanel (this woman is hot stuff!).

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AGENT 505 DEATH TRAP IN BEIRUT (1965)-Uncut and letterboxed. A dastardly villain known as The Sheikh threatens to wipe out the city of Beirut (and all 650,000 of its citizens) in this reasonably entertaining West German thriller from director Manfred Kohler, perhaps best known today for co-writing Harry Kumel's erotic vampire epic Daughters of Darkness. Frederick Stafford plays suave secret agent Richard Blake, on the trail of The Sheikh with the assistance of gorgeous reporter Denise DuPree (Genevieve Cluny). A philanthropist named Omar Abdullah (Willy Birgel), whose cause is rehabilitating criminals, attracts the attention of Blake, and we're off to the races. Babes, bullets, and gadgets--they're all here and shot on location in mod, mod Beirut, at the time an 'international city' and a popular spot for European co-productions. Music lovers should note that Ennio Morricone's score echoes his spaghetti western work but fits nicely into the proceedings, whilst anticipating Theodorakis' percussive Z score by a full year.

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SECRET AGENT 777 (1966)-In Italian with english subs, letterboxed print. ...Enrico Bomba's first of two espionage films, Agente segreto 777 - Operazione Mistero stars Mark Damon as Dr. Bardin, who goes to Beirut to investigate rogue scientists that are experimenting on mice, complications ensue as usual in this excellent Eurospy film... Stars: Maria Badmayev, Aldo Bufi Landi, Mark Damon, Franca Duccio, Stanley Kent, Lewis Jourdan, Walter Neng, Isarco Ravaioli, Seyna Seyn, Mary Young.

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SPIES STRIKE SILENTLY (1966)-Letterboxed print. This was the second Eurospy film with Lang Jeffries as the lead that I saw, after "The Beckett Affair", and one important thing these two have in common is that their tone is distinctly more serious and straightforward than most similar films of the era. For example, when a bad girl tries to seduce Jeffries, he doesn't even kiss her; he immediately grabs her arm and demands to know why she's there. And he rarely makes any jokes (there is one funny scene at the very end, though, when he checks if a helicopter pilot is actually the villain in disguise). Speaking of the villain, he is one of the best things in the film, especially because his long megalomaniac monologues have been dubbed into English enthusiastically. The hero may be a good agent, but the criminal organization he's up against does kill a lot of people before all is said and done. The most interesting part of the movie comes after about an hour, when Jeffries is captured and given a drug that removes his free will and makes him a robot ready to follow orders. He injects himself with an antidote, but the villains realize that, and they give him the drug again! So for a (little) while he becomes a pawn to their plans. During all this, he meets the beautiful - and also hypnotized - Emma Danieli; she doesn't really have much to do. For some nostalgic spy fun, "Spies Strike Silently" fits the bill. Erika Blanc co-stars.

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SPECIAL CYPHER (1966)-IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBS. Director: Pino Mercanti, Cast: Lang Jeffries, José Greci, Helga Liné. it starts with Nazi’s loading some cargo aboard a plane at the end of the war. The story picks up from there with the usual Eurospy frolics. There’s also quite extensive underwater footage.

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