Super Seven Calling Cairo / Superseven chiama Cairo (1965)

3.0 out of 5

Umberto Lenzi’s resourceful Eurospy attempt is everything it’s expected to be, and with a title like Super Seven Calling Cairo and the anticipation of genre favorites like Roger, Fantastic Argoman, Browne and Rosalba Neri, it’s a film that is easy to get excited about, even if there isn’t any reasonable or logical explanation to watch it instead of the latest 007 instalment.

Browne and co-star Fabienne Dali make for a decent and passable pairing, and Neri is utilized for more than just her looks. The exotic visuals that the locales provide and nightclub dance performances intercut between scenes yield some nice eye candy to accompany the thin long line of events that make up a simple retrieve-the-dangerous-item-before-the-bad-guys-do story.

No one is trying to impress or fool anyone here; the production admits to its source material with a James Bond joke, and the unlikely effective gadgetry like a pen-gun and a shaver that turns into a transmitter get a lot of play and are a hoot everytime. There’s still an enjoyable movie here and fans of this sort of thing should expect to get what they’ve come for.

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