OSS 117: Murder for Sale / Niente rose per OSS 117 (1968)

3.5 out of 5

A peek at who would’ve played James Bond in Diamonds are Forever, John Gavin, before being replaced by Sean Connery, is offered in this well-made Eurospy addition that further benefits from the presence of Margaret Lee as well as brief roles from Rosalba Neri and Thunderball’s Luciana Paluzzi. Gavin is a likable lead, as OSS 117, and a good actor, but he lacks the charisma that is characteristic of most Eurospy leads, and his attempts at smooth comical one-liners usually miss.

The best acting comes from Curd Jűrgens as the main villain, housing and locking down dozens of professional assassins in an isolated mansion, like it’s a boarding school, whose intents are appalling enough to warrant viewer’s interest in 117’s mission.

Instead of supplementing the movie with Sci-Fi elements to disguise a weak plot, Murder for Sale actually makes an admirable effort at telling a story, and it is also a pleasure to see Margaret Lee stand up to George Eastman; Antropophagus himself.

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