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Subj: Euro-spy review #8: "Requiem for a secret agent" (1966)
Posted: Mon Aug 08, 2022 at 04:42:19 pm EDT (Viewed 126 times)

Euro-spy review #8: "Requiem for a secret agent" (1966)

Going into these Euro-spy films, I never know if they will be straight-up Bond rip-offs (like The Quiller Memorandum or the Bulldog Drummond) or the goofy comedy spoofs, like OK Connery, or something in-between.

This one tries to play it straight with a mission, some low-key fight scenes, a few gun fights and a chase scene. And of course quite a few Bond era girls, like Daniela Bianchi, from From Russia with love.

The music would fit right in with 60s era Bond, with the intro song by a Shirley Bassey imitator and even a slight rolling theme tune.

It is set in Morocco, with an American agent sent to meet a Norwegian agent. Apparently, a terrorist bombed a Norwegian jet and the agents are on the trail of the crimelord responsible. The gray-haired American agent, Merill, nicknamed Bingo, is played by Stewart Granger, a British actor who Im not familiar with. I guess he's trying to do an American accent and sounds really funny when he says thinks like "ok, bub." with his heavy British accent. He's really brash and unlikable at the start, but does get better. His sidekick is a young naive Norwegian agent, Erik, whose by the book approach contrasts with Bingo's cynical old veteran.

There's one really brutal scene where Bingo really slaps around Daniela Bianchi after she tries to kill him by mistake. In fact it even made the movie poster.

I always like the little "futuristic" ideas, such as a dancer who dances with a screen of a bullfight projected onto her bare midriff.

Its ok, but not quite enough action or story to equal a Bond film of the time. As always with these films, the best part is the shots of Morocco in the 60s.

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