There’s something about being a Secret Agent that people just love.
Danger, excitement, fast cars, alcoholic beverages, smooching and of course, being able to dress really, really well.
The degree of wish fulfillment is so high that you come out of a James Bond movie wanting to pick a fight with a stranger, just to see if you would win, then get the girl and have someone place a martini in your hand.
That’s the sign of a good Secret Agent movie.
Which brings us to this month’s movie.
Which is a Bad To Mediocre secret agent movie.
It’s an Italian movie that wants to be a James Bond movie, but without the acting, writing, directing, stunt work or even intellectual property to do so.
You will come out of this movie wanting to cry on the shoulder of a stranger, just for the comfort, then have your girlfriend break up with you and have someone place a lite beer in your hand just to wash away the pain.
Over at the Double O Section, they give Secret Agent Fireball a pretty good review. If you accept Eurospy movies for what they are, they are a very entertaining way to spend a rainy afternoon. They’re just good, goofy fun, and you really can’t expect more from them than that.
…the main character’s name is a clear allusion to James Bond’s creator, so the movie seemingly manages to invoke just about every spy series association possible. Clearly, it’s derivative, but then that’s the point with Eurospy movies. And Secret Agent Fireball actually acquits itself much better than certain others of its ilk. Within the realm of Bondian tropes, it manages an admirable originality as often as it directly rips off 007.
Secret Agent Fleming himself, Richard Harrison, also over at Wikipedia. Damn! That guy was BUSY!
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