Kiss Kiss... Bang Bang (1966)

1.0 out of 5

Kiss Kiss... Bang Bang is a dreadful and infantile slapstick James Bond spoof that runs far too long and misses the mark far more that it hits.

An intelligent parrot that does a Mr Memory type act is a possible reference to The 39 Steps. Socrates, the bright bird, is involved in a sight gag where the viewer is asked to believe that he is in plaster cast in a little bird hospital bed, however the poor creature appears to be strapped down and in very real distress and this is not funny. Then again it has to be said that not much is funny in Kiss Kiss... Bang Bang.

The film is produced by Luciano Ercoli, directed by Duccio Tessari, written by Bruno Corbucci and Fernando Di Leo. It stars Giuliano Gemma and Nieves Navarro. All the aforementioned should hang their heads in shame.

Some nice locations, a decent Bruno Nicolai score and good stunt work unfortunately fail to compensate for the many shortcomings.

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