Le spie anono i fiori (1966)

aka The Spy Loves Flowers
Article 5437 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 4-28-2017
Directed by Umberto Lenzi
Featuring Roger Browne, Emma Danieli, Daniele Vargas
Country: Italy / Spain
What it is: Spyghetti

A secret agent who has just recovered a stolen secret weapon is given a follow-up assignment to assassinate three men who know of the weapon. However, it becomes apparent to the secret agent that someone knows of his assignment and is targeting him.

I will give this movie one thing; despite the fact that it borrows a few elements of the Bond films (spy who is great with women, exotic locations, etc), it manages to not feel like an imitation of the Bond films. It takes itself somewhat more seriously, and the tone and music of the film give it a different feel. If the story was a little more creative, it might have been one of the better Eurospy films out there, but it’s a little too predictable at times; for one thing, you won’t be the least bit surprised as to the identity of the primary villain of the piece, a revelation I anticipated a very short ways into the movie. The movie is also very short on fantastic content; there is hardly any gadgetry, and the secret weapon is little more than a Gizmo Maguffin to drive the action. I’m glad they tried for something a little bit different here, but it’s only adequate.


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