With Death on Your Back / Con la muerte a la espalda (1967)

3.5 out of 5

In what seems to lack promise at first gets good really fast once George Martin’s spy film protagonist of-a-different-type goes into action. Familiar genre conventions don’t feel as stale this time around with an antihero that almost feels like James Bond; out of a job and turned into a jewel thief.

Viewers with short attention spans can rest easy, as this one is probably of the most action heavy, almost to the point of feeling like a parody. With a lead that is constantly pursued by Russian agents, American agents, as well as the mandatory bad guys, the chase scenes and comedic barroom brawling, amongst others, are extended out much longer than necessary, and the result is a lot of fun, to say the least.

It would be remiss not to mention that Rosalba Neri has a little more than just a bit part in this, as well.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics