Tiffany Memorandum / Il mistero dell'ombra (1967)

3.5 out of 5

Sergio Grieco’s enjoyable spy thriller is presented with a fine balance between action and story, and doesn’t disappoint with its comedic elements, particularly on account of Ken Clark. Clark was fun as Dick Malloy and he is still just as fun here as Journalist Dick Hallam, but Tiffany Memorandum feels a bit more low-key and darker than the Agent 077 films.

Riz Ortolani’s superb score breathes life into the film’s stylized espionage theme, giving a grand feel to what really is a meager production. Also, the old house of clocks style mansion that acts as the quirky bad guy’s lair is exhibited in a way that is quite Bava-esque.

The lack of camp that would otherwise be expected from the director of The Fantastic Argoman means that this film is not particularly recommended with a stiff drink, as it is rather story driven and requires the viewer to be in a clearer state of mind. The abundance of aliases and characters not being who they appear to be results in a complex and at times confusing movie that almost requires at least two viewings to fully appreciate.

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