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Fantomas Unleashed (1965)
"Fantômas se déchaîne" (original title)

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When Professor Marchand, a famous scientist, mysteriously disappears, the commissioner, Juve, immediately suspects Fantomas.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Fantômas / Fandor / Professeur Lefèvre
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Jacques Dynam ...
Robert Dalban ...
Albert Dagnant ...
Professeur Marchard
Christian Toma ...
Inspecteur
Michel Duplaix ...
Un inspecteur
Olivier De Funès ...
Michou
Florence Blot ...
La dame
Robert Le Béal ...
Le ministre
Pietro Tordi ...
Le président de l'Assemblée
Henri Attal ...
Le garde de Fantômas (as Henri Atal)
Dominique Zardi ...
Homme de main
Jacques Marin ...
L'agent de police ferroviaire
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Quand le professeur Marchand, un célèbre scientifique, disparaît mystérieusement, le commissaire Juve soupçonne tout de suite Fantomas. Entre temps le journaliste Fandor se déguise en Léfèvre, assistant de Marchand, et il est enlevé par Fantomas. Mais également le commissaire Juve tombe dans le piège pendant que Fantomas, lui aussi, se déguise en Léfevre et ils se retrouvent tous à Rome à un congrès scientifique. Fantomas aura le dessus et les intéressés se retrouveront dans son antre, prisonniers et, semble-t-il, sans aucune possibilité d'échapper à leur destin, accompagnés par la musique d'un orgue joué par Fantomas. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Les Nouvelles Aventures de Fantomas


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Fantomas Strikes Back  »

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Trivia

The parachute sequence at the end of the movie was the first of its kind filmed in a big screen format. Photography was done in free fall by camera operator Jean-Jacques Dubourg. Interestingly enough, the opening sequence of the James Bond movie Moonraker (1979) is in many regards very similar to this scene, which is all the more worth mentioning as the De Funès / Marais Fantômas series is widely regarded as a Bond spoof. See more »

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The character (played by Jacques Dynam) of the main lieutenant of Comissaire Juve changes name between "Fantômas" (1964) - where he's called Michel, and "Fantômas se déchaîne" (1965) - where he's going by the first name Bertrand. See more »

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The opening credits' animation recreates sequences from the previous film in the series, Fantomas (1964). See more »

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The French strike back at James Bond
7 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'Fantomas Strikes Back' is a great period piece. While not as believable and scary as the original series opener a year earlier, the wonderful Rome locations more than compensate. The Fantomas films were shot in post-WWII Europe's heydays, when it looked like the future will be just as rosy.

This film came out the same year as the Bond flick 'Thunderball,' and can be considered French cinema's answer to the Anglophile 007 craze sweeping Europe and the world back then. The kidnapped scientist plot shows up in many Bond films, of course. But the best gimmick in any Fantomas film is Fantomas' ability to assume other people's identity at will by using high quality rubber face masks. And his own, featureless eerie green rubber mask is rather scary still.

BTW, does anyone know if the 'Fantomas' films are available on DVD?


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