Spy in Your Eye (1965)

SPY IN YOUR EYE (1965)
aka BANG, YOU’RE DEAD, BERLINO – APPUNTAMENTO PER LE SPIE
Article 2184 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 3-9-2007
Posting Date: 8-5-2007
Directed by Vittorio Sala
Featuring Brett Halsey, Pier Angeli, Gastone Moschin

A spy organization tries to rescue a woman who knows a secret formula, but they are unaware of the fact that their boss has had a surveillance device implanted in his artificial eye by enemy spies and can figure out what they are going to do.

I thought this was going to be just another ordinary Eurospy adventure when I sat down to watch it, and in some ways, it is. It’s rather cheesy at times, the plot is quite confusing, and there are occasional glaring film flubs (my favorite has a car driving off before the engine has finished turning over). But some of the gimmicks are very clever (the rigged artificial eye and the hunchback’s hump which turns into a knife stand out), some of the set pieces are great (including a sequence in a train, a memorable escape through a mine field, a chase scene among displays on an elaborate float, a killer Napoleon Bonaparte statue, and an enormous shifting room). These are some of the most entertaining scenes I’ve ever witnessed in one of these Eurospy movies, and Dana Andrews and Brett Halsey are both fun in their respective roles. It even has a fairly clever hiding place for the formula everyone is searching for. For those who’ve never tried one of the Eurospy movies, this is a good one to start with.

 

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