Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill / Dodici donne d'oro (1966)

3.5 out of 5

The first out of seven Kommissar X films, all of which star Tony Kendall, may seem slow and cumbersome at first, but succeeds in being a great time when all is said and done. Kendall chews the scenery as the confident and charming Joe Walker, always willing to have fun in the most dangerous of situations and so proud of himself as to whistle his own theme song after humorously outwitting an assassin, which is only the tip of the iceberg in describing the many ridiculous but equally awesome characteristics of Kendall’s most popular role. A significant embellishment is the teaming between Kendall and Brad Harris in a love and hate partnership which at times feels like a friendly competition for the spotlight, with Harris’s character displaying equally heroic antics at times.

When he is finally captured in the latter half, instead of just shooting him, Walker is given a fair chance to escape and gain the upper hand with an obligatory grand welcoming from the bad guy in his crazy sci-fi lair, which may leave some viewers groaning. But if this wasn’t the case, there wouldn’t be an extremely entertaining uprising, as Walker proves to be less a parody and more an exaggeration of the spy hero perks by managing to cause an entire army of all-blond henchwomen to defect, replacing the familiar ‘hero gets the girl’ aftermath with something that’s more like ‘hero gets lots of girls’.

Further enhancing the viewing pleasure is a corny but pleasing visual of the chiseled Harris surrounded by a dozen playful women in swimsuits, some great explosions at the end, and plenty of bombshells, such as House of Psychotic Women’s Maria Perschy.

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