MISSION APOCALYPSE (1966)
aka Missione apocalisse
Article 5325 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Guido Malatesta
Featuring Arthur Hansel, Pamela Tudor, Eduardo Fajardo
Country: Spain / Italy
What it is: Spyghetti
When his scientists manage to develop an invulnerable missile, a villain holds the world for ransom. Can Agent 087 catch him before the time is up?
It’s always a satisfying experience to finally cover a movie that had previously been on my “ones that got away” list, but that has more to do with the personal satisfaction of having ultimately succeeded in the hunt than any quality of the movie itself. This one is part of a subgenre from which I’ve learned not to expect a whole lot; namely, the Italian “James Bond” imitation movie. For the record, this one looks a little less cheap than most of the others I’ve seen, and it seems more overtly imitative of a Bond movie as well, if one was shot at only the fraction of the budget of a Bond movie. Plotwise, this one seems particularly thin; after the setup, it mostly consists of the hero chasing the villain from one European location to another, meeting him, and escaping traps set by the villain; about the only mystery is where the spy will go next. I found it predictable and quite mechanical, but at least I can cross it off the list.