Spy Who Loved Flowers, The / Le spie amano i fiori (1966)

2.5 out of 5

Being a spy on assassin duty, Martin Stevens, played by Roger Browne, feels much more deadly than his more heroic counterparts, in Umberto Lenzi’s follow up to Super Seven Calling Cairo. The colorful title ends up feeling like a desperate attempt to cover up the fact that this is a fairly average Eurospy addition.

Filming locations are all gorgeous, as to be expected, and Browne does alright as a cool and laid-back British agent, yet the story pretty much plays out in the usual fashion. A handheld silvery phallic device that poses as the seriously dangerous apparatus the agents are fighting on behalf of isn’t intimidating or convincing enough to hold much interest, but it still has that small gadgetry charm as well as an amusing enough name; “The Gamma Electroscometron.”

The bored look on Browne’s face is priceless during a story-interrupting scene of a song-and-dance performance by what can be described as “dancing spies.”

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