Ypotron (1966)

YPOTRON (1966)
aka Agente Logan – missione Ypotron
Article 2881 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 3-28-2009
Posting Date: 7-3-2009
Directed by Giorgio Stegani
Featuring Luis Davila, Gaia Germani, Alfredo Mayo
Country: Italy / Spain / France

A secret agent attempts to locate a kidnapped scientist.

Here we have some more Eurostyle faux James Bond shenanigans, with a spy named Lemmy Logan (I assume Lemmy is short for some other name, but for the life of me I can’t imagine what), a kidnapped scientist, a secret project (or is it two? I hear references to both Ypotron and Gemini), beautiful women, lots of action scenes, and gadgetry that pushes it in the realm of science fiction, though the secrets of the project give the movie a bit more in the way of fantastic content. Since I’m not in on the James Bond craze, the primary appeal I get from some of these foreign knock-offs is the charm of seeing low-budget attempts to ape the genre. This kind of appeal blows hot and cold, though, and though this is probably a relatively solid attempt at this kind of movie, I found myself a little bored by the lack of surprises; for one thing, I was totally unsurprised by the final twist. There is the odd scene here and there that I like, though; I’m especially fond of a scene where the spies manage to get into a hotel safe by playing practical jokes on the hotel clerk.

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