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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Eurospy Trailers

As a James Bond/60's spy-fi buff, I'm intrigued by the Eurospy films that were cranked out by various studios on the continent during the height of Bondmania.

I haven't seen many of them, but of the few I've seen, I've enjoyed most of them. Made on low budgets that would probably not even cover the craft services of the Bond films, the best of them benefit from the use of great, picturesque locations and enthusiastic stuntwork, even when the plots are questionable or the clumsy English dubbing almost unbearable.

Unfortunately, very few of these "Spaghetti Spy" flicks are available on video, and most of the ones that are, are only available in pan & scan, full-frame versions on VHS.

Thanks to a link on the Double O Section blog, I recently came across this Cinema Retro article about a series of Eurospy flicks that featured an American actor named Ken Clark as superspy Dick Malloy, Agent 077. The article made them sound interesting, so I followed another link to boutique DVD outfit Dorado Films, and ordered one of the discs, Special Mission Lady Chaplin.

Here's the trailer (warning – it's pretty long):

And here's the trailer to an earlier 077 film, Mission Bloody Mary:

Looks like fun, huh? After I get my disc of Lady Chaplin, I'll be sure to post a review.


bish8 said...

Thanks. These trailers were very retro, but very cool. I missed many of these in my youth, not even knowing they existed, but it makes for fun now trying to catch up.

I've been running some reveiws of '60s caper films over on my blog. They are like these films in many ways -- you have to get your mind set right in order to enjoy them by accepting the dated film techniques and other demands of the era.

J. Spath said...

I've seen a few of these type movies. The best I can say about them is that they're entertaining for a while. They pop up in the 50 movie packs or the "grindhouse" collections sometimes so I own a couple of them through those sets.

NoelCT said...


Roland Hulme said...

Hee Hee. Ken Clark was the name of a VERY unJames Bond like British politician.

Charles Gramlich said...

Although it seems obvious in retrospect, I never even suspected the "spaghetti spy" movies existed. Wow.

Christopher Mills said...

Just recieved my copy of SPECIAL MISSION LADY CHAPLIN. I think that's the fastes I've ever gotten a mail order DVD.

Review soon.