SPIES STRIKE SILENTLY (1966)
aka Le spie uccidono in silenzio, Spies Kill Silently
Article 4399 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Mario Caiano
Featuring Lang Jeffries, Emma Danieli, Andrea Bosic
Country: Italy / Spain
What it is: Spyghetti
American agent Michael Drum is called in on the murder of a scientist’s daughter in Beirut. He discovers that there’s an insidious plot afoot to kill a series of great humanitarians, and he sets out to discover the truth.
Yes, this is one of the many Italian imitations of the James Bond franchise, and since it has a lowly rating of 5.0 on IMDB, I can only assume that it’s not a very popular entry of that type. Nevertheless, I found myself caught up in the plot at an early point; once it was revealed that a criminal organization was targeting great humanitarians, I became very curious as to exactly what type of plot was afoot, and that was the hook that got me interested. I suppose I should be disappointed that the movie never ends up giving me a satisfactory reason why this particularly group has been targeted; once you meet the supervillain, his ultimate goal is very ordinary indeed, but I still give the movie credit for catching my interest. It’s also one where the fantastic content is prominent; it involves a drug that destroys the will and allows the supervillain to control his minions. In the end, the movie is quite ordinary, but because it caught my interest early enough, I was able to sit through it with a certain degree of enjoyment, and that’s a bit of an accomplishment.