Danger!! Death Ray / Il raggio infernale (1967)

2.5 out of 5

Bodybuilder and Tarzan actor Gordon Scott is muscle-bound spy hero Bart Fargo in a Bond imitation film that is remembered for being satirized on Mystery Science Theatre 3000 primarily on account of its amusing but catchy theme song.

Relying more on his fists than his gun, Fargo’s intimidating physique and knack for outmuscling bad guys surely paved the way for action superstars like Schwarzenegger. Director Gianfranco Baldanello’s Danger!! Death Ray is practically Bond on a shoestring budget, but offers enjoyment on a number of campy levels such as Scott’s charismatic performance, a slow motion submersion of an obvious toy model submarine, and a number of instances involving men slapping other men.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics