Synopsis by Robert Firsching
Lang Jeffries takes over the role of French Secret Agent FX-18 in director Riccardo Freda's second Francis Coplan spy parody. Viewed in light of the 1997 scandal regarding the Wildenstein art collection, this once-superficial trifle comes across as surprisingly prescient. Coplan is sent to Mexico City, where Interpol has discovered several valuable paintings lost since the Nazi withdrawal from France being sold at highly-publicized auctions. Those who bid on the paintings are soon murdered and their art stolen. After narrowly surviving several assassination attempts, Coplan locates a rich oil baron and an evil Countess (Silvia Solar) who plan to rule the world by tunneling beneath King Ranch and replacing President Johnson with an evil duplicate who will order a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union. Jeeps are blown up with bazookas, heads are crushed in an Aztec torture device, and a secret underground silo is demolished along the way. The amusing screenplay by Bertrand Tavernier often pushes the line between spoof and indulgence, but the resulting film is brisk and entertaining. One video version, Mexican Slayride, is more brisk than necessary, having been butchered to only 56 minutes. This film's numerous alternate titles include: Mexican Slayride, Coplan Ouvre le Feu a Mexico, Coplan Takes a Ride, Coplan Sets Mexico Ablaze and Coplan III.
agent [representative], artist, art-theft, robbery, search