Dr. Goldfoot and the 'S' Bombs / Le spie vengono dal semifreddo (1966)

0.5 out of 5

Mario Bava directs an excruciating sequel to Dr. G and the Bikini Machine that suffers from infantile comedy, relying far too much on speeding up the film, with banal slapstick, Benny Hill Show style ensemble chases and a Franco Franchi at his most annoying and bombastic.

The references to James Bond, and Goldfinger in particular, are obvious from the title and there is a jokey reference to Dr Strangelove. Vincent Price and Laura Antonelli, the latter in one of her earliest roles, are both wasted. Franco and Ciccio just play Franco and Ciccio but unfortunately this time it just doesn't work and the movie feels far longer than it actually is. It is incredibly painful but a single major positive comes in the shape of an imaginative and well choreographed dance number.

Those young enough to laugh like drains at Children's Film Foundation productions or Disney's One Of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing may find something here, few others will. Bava should not have got involved in this crime against comedy, people have been shot for less.

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