Mission Bloody Mary / Agente 077 missione Bloody Mary (1965)

4.0 out of 5

The first of the notable Agent 077 series, with Ken Clark as suave agent Dick Malloy, hits the mark from the start with a seductive theme song for the movie’s captivating title before bad guys start doing things that put the viewer in the mood for a heroic and unstoppable CIA agent. Without messing up his hair, Malloy searches for the whereabouts of a stolen atomic bomb, known as “The Bloody Mary”, while partaking in a gorgeously shot rooftop chase in Paris, instigating a full scale bar fight in Barcelona, and scuffling with bad guys on a freighter to Athens before going back to Paris for a fulfilling and twisty ending.

The film borrows and attempts to one-up an idea used in Thunderball that involves recognizing 2 moles on the left thigh as a distinguishing feature on a woman of importance, only in Mission Bloody Mary, Malloy must recognize them on the left breast of an insider, played by Helga Line, which is a feat that turns out to be no problem.

A familiar sight for spy film fans is the Eurasian Bond girl from Thunderball, the visually compelling Maryse Guy Mitsouko, who starred a year later in Margheriti’s spy romp Killers are Challenged, and Erika Blanc makes a brief easy to miss cameo as a Mrs. Moneypenny-esque secretary.

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