Coplan FX 18 Casse Tout (1965)

Genres - Action, Spy Film  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy  |  
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The first of two Francis Coplan spy films directed by veteran Riccardo Freda, this flamboyant entry has FX-18 (Richard Wyler of British television's The Man from Interpol) hurtling back and forth between Paris and Istanbul to prevent an Arab nuclear strike on Israel. Teamed with a bumbling Israeli operative (stunt coordinator Gil Delmaire), FX-18 must deal with exploding airplanes, nuclear terrorists, scientists in spiked coffins, murdered strippers, and sadistic torture-killings, all while trying to avoid World War III. Freda loads the film with campy sexual sight-gags and wonderfully silly setpieces such as the film's finale, in which Coplan is strapped inside a nuclear warhead to be launched to a certain doom. Delmaire stages some impressive stunts, and although the supporting cast is rather weak, Wyler, Delmaire, and siren Jany Clare make the film enjoyable for genre devotees. This film has several alternate titles, including: The Exterminators, FX-18, Superspy, Coplan FX-18, and Coplan Casse Tout.

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agent [representative], bad-guy, espionage, good-guy, missing-person, mission [quest], nuclear-weapon, physics, search, world-destruction