Agente 077 Dall'oriente Con Furore (1965)

Genres - Spy Film  |   Sub-Genres - Glamorized Spy Film  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Spain , France , Italy , United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Agente 077 Dall'oriente Con Furore (aka From The Orient With Fury and Fury On The Bosphorus) was one of over a dozen films American actor Ken Clark made during a short but seemingly profitable sojourn in Europe during the 1960's, and while Dick Malloy's numeric designation was clearly meant to remind viewers of another suave international spy of the period, as played by Clark Malloy is more of a rough and tumble man of action than James Bond -- when we first see Malloy in this picture, he's in the midst of a wild barroom brawl in France and he's seemingly able to take on a handful of Gallic toughs without breaking a sweat. Clark acts as much with his fists as with his facial expressions in From The Orient With Fury, but he manages to seem smooth, confident and even a bit witty while bashing bad guys in several different nations, and he's certainly one of the better fake James Bond's of the era. As for the movie, while it looks and feels just a bit cut-rate compared to the more polished spy pictures flooding the marketplace in the 1960s (singer and actress Michaela delivers some of the worst lip-synching in screen history during her big musical number), director Sergio Grieco keeps things lively throughout and makes the most of the exteriors in France, Spain and Turkey. The cast also features a number of beautiful women for Clark to chase about, and Margaret Lee, Fabienne Dali and Evi Marandi all do the femme fatale thing with varying degrees of wickedness but similar impact (and they're more interesting than the movie's largely bloodless criminal masterminds), and while the comic relief is remarkably unsubtle (Farnando Sancho shouts and gesticulates shamelessly as an obnoxious tourist in a Spanish nightspot), at least it usually generates some laughs. From The Orient With Fury isn't all that remarkable compared to most Euro-spy efforts of the 1960s, but it's good fun and easy on the eyes, and anyone looking for a painless and spirited way to kill 95 minutes will find what they're looking for with this picture.