Special Mission Lady Chaplin / Missione speciale Lady Chaplin (1966)

5.0 out of 5

The Agent 077 trilogy ends on a high note with Special Mission Lady Chaplin, the most impressive and easily the best of the three. Containing the most depth, the film succeeds in being just as enjoyable as any 1960s Bond film despite the inferior imitation feel. Thankfully still starring Ken Clark, Alberto De Martino’s film is highlighted with femme fatales and pseudoscience, as a rich research foundation leader, Kobre Zoltan, played by Jacques Bergerac, implements a secretly developed ultra-light floating sponge material to raise a sunken thresher filled with Polaris missiles. Being that Zoltan is associated with a fashion organization he also manufactures the missile propellant fuel into designer cloth.

Helga Line, starring previously in Mission Bloody Mary, returns as an interested buyer of the stolen missiles and most enjoyable is the presence of From Russia with Love Bond girl, Daniela Bianchi, who is better in this film as the title character Lady Chaplin; a fashion designer and a master of disguise assassin appearing in such guises as a nun with a machine gun and an elderly lady with a firearm equipped wheelchair.

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