Lucky the Inscrutable / Agente Speciale L.K. (1967)

4.0 out of 5

Long before there was Austin Powers, there was Lucky the Inscrutable.

Released on the heels of Casino Royale, Jess Franco’s satirical spy comedy stars Ray Danton as a comic hero who doesn’t disappoint. Franco’s film manages to somehow be worth the 90 minutes of viewer’s time despite initial reluctance that most are sure to feel going in. Bruno Nicolai’s score is eyebrow-raising, but still ends up being appropriately jiving and very hard to resist dancing to.

Never a dull moment, Lucky the Inscrutable features a cameo from Rosalba Neri as well as an outlandish ending that is a punchline to a joke of a movie that’s aware of how ridiculous it is and seems to be proud of it.

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