Operation Poker (1965)

aka Operazione poker
Article 3743 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 11-1-2011
Posting Date: 11-13-2011
Directed by Osvaldo Civirani
Featuring Roger Browne, Jose Greci, Sancho Gracia
Country: Spain / Italy
What it is: Spyghetti

Agent Glen Foster is assigned to locate a kidnapped Vietnamese official, but all of the people who have been assigned to the case of guarding him have been killed off one by one…

This Italian spy flick is marred by an extremely confusing beginning, an assortment of dull spots, and a truly disappointing ending. Still, I do give it a couple of pluses for one of the more amusing spy gimmicks I’ve seen; a car that can eject it’s back half. The science fiction element is also more prominent than usual for this type of genre; in this case, it’s a machine that can allow the user to have x-ray vision. I’ll probably remember these touches longer than I’ll remember the rest of the movie, which is pretty forgettable.

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