From the Orient with Fury / Agente 077 dall’oriente con furore (1965)

3.5 out of 5

The Agent 077 series consists of some of the most prominent Italian Spy films and in this addition CIA Agent Dick Malloy, played by Ken Clark, travels over Istanbul, Paris, and Madrid to uncover the kidnapping of a Professor Kurtz and recover his notes on a disintegration ray invention.

The film is relatively easy to follow, but feels a little overdrawn out given its simple premise. Nonetheless, the requisite Bond girl imitators, among them Margaret Lee of Asylum Erotica, and the curious small gadgets, like a lighter that fires poison needles, are easily enough to pique viewer's interest, while Fernando Sancho’s cameo enhances the bar fight to a hysterically entertaining level.

The best comedic element is the main villain's henchmen, who are always after the agent, but the joke is usually on them as Malloy confidently thwarts and toys with his assassins, knowing full well that they are just too stupid to kill him. Malloy is tough, funny, elegant, and as to be expected, never one to miss an opportunity to get laid on the job.

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