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Okay, the movie doesn't feature the secret agent with the famous number 007. But after I've seen this really entertaining movie , I wondered if Ian Fleming saw this movie before he created his legendary hero. It contains everything we already know from the James Bond movies:
A strong and handsome hero with a secret identity number (this time
A sinister and evil villain in a wheelchair (without a white cat, but
with a striking resemblance to Lenin)
A secret headquarter for the villains
An attractive heroine, who falls immediately in love with the
exiting action-sequences and chases (featuring a crashing train and
motorcycles) etc., etc. . Willy Fritsch is very good in the role of the hero (even though you wouldn't associate him with this genre when you saw his comedies) and Rudolf Klein Rogge (the mad scientist from Metropolis) is perfectly evil. The movie is fast-paced and very entertaining, despite its length of nearly three hours. Lang shows that he is correctly regarded as one of the best german directors of all time and that he is capable of succeeding in every genre, be it science-fiction, crime or even spy-adventures.
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