HUNTER OF THE UNKNOWN (1966)
aka Agent 3S3: Massacre of the Sun; Agente 3S3, massacro al sole
Article 5429 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Sergio Sollima
Featuring George Ardisson, Frank Wolff, Evi Marandi
Country: Italy / Spain / France
What it is: Spyghetti
An American secret agent is sent to the island of San Felipe, the site of a revolution, to find and bring back a scientist who may be working for the Russians.
Here’s another swallow from the bottomless well of Italian spy movies made in the wake of the popularity of the James Bond movies. Outside of the fact that the climax of the movie features several people using infrared glasses to see people in the dark (I can’t think of an earlier movie that uses this gimmick), this one is pretty standard issue and doesn’t really stand out from the pack. As for the fantastic content, you’ll notice that there’s a scientist involved in the storyline, and he’s working on a new type of weapon, so that adds a touch of science fiction to the proceedings, although it remains in the realms of marginalia. It’s business as usual, though I do wonder in the long run which type of movie I’m going to see most often – these spyghetti films or the sword and sandal films.