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The first in a series of German imitation-Bond films made in the mid-60's, "Kiss Kiss Kill Kill" (now there's a catchy and descriptive title for you!) is rather confusing and meandering in its first half, and at least on the first viewing some plot details are not clear at all. It improves in the second half, when most of the action gets confined inside the villain's underground headquarters located on a remote island, and on the whole it ranks as one of the most enjoyable Bond knockoffs of its time. The basic model here is clearly "Goldfinger", from the playfight between the hero (Tony Kendall, looking a bit like Connery) and a Pussy Galore-type tough "bad" girl who knows judo and leads a female army (though here they are brainwashed via injections), but can't resist him and turns "good", to the more serious fight between the hero and the No. 1 henchman while the clock to an explosion is ticking. "Kiss Kiss Kill Kill" obviously does not have the budget of the James Bond films, but it does have its own charm, and there is a spectacular shot near the end when the camera stays focused on an explosion until the "cloud" completely dissolves. Maria Perschy is beautiful. The English dubbing is excellent. (**1/2)
As the previous poster says, if this is a "Bond rip-off," it's a completely entertaining one. Like the other installments in this series, it has Kendall as the frivolous spy and Harris as his (almost) humorless partner. The running joke is that Kendall keeps getting brushed off - often with physical violence - by the women he tries something with. Could this have helped inspire "Johhny Bravo"? Also, this installment has - and to me there's no better thing in a spy movie - a criminal genius with a female army. (My only complaint with him is that the actor looks a little too much like Billy Sands from McHale's Navy for a spy movie villain!) And of course none of this film takes itself too seriously. I only have one complaint - it has not one but TWO "Pussy Galore"-type characters ; in other words, female helpers of the villain who turn on him and help the heroes. Having two of those is kind of redundant. In fact, the whole female army turns against him too. It should have had one genuine villainess!
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I've watched a bunch of Euro-Spy films recently, and few have been
anywhere near as much fun as Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill. This one's got it
all a likable lead in Tony Kendall, a put-upon sidekick in Brad
Harris, over-the-top gadgets, lots of beautiful women (Maria Perschy,
Christa Linder, and on and on), a wonderfully entertaining villain, a
cool underground lair, fight scenes galore, terrific European
locations, a catchy title song, and a great explosive finale. What more
could you ask for? Throw in a brainwashed army of women with matching
blond hair, groovy black outfits, and machine guns (Fembots?), and
you've got one heck of a cool movie. The scene with Kendall in the back
of that truck surrounded by the army of gun-toting, look-alike women is
just too much. Another highlight is the relationship between Kendall's
Jo Walker and Harris' Captain Rowland. They're like the Odd Couple of
European spies. Walker (who reminds me a little of Frank Sinatra with
that hat and all) is the smooth ladies man. Rowland is the no-nonsense
cop who would rather use his fists to get to the bottom of a case .
They compliment one another nicely. As for the plot . . . well, the
less said the better. I'll just say that it involves the murders of a
number of gangsters, a missing scientist, and an attempt to by the evil
O'Brien to radiate the world's gold supply. Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill may
"borrow" (okay, in some instances it outright steals) a lot of ideas
from Goldfinger and other James Bond movies, but it does so with its
own charm and originality. The movie may start a bit slow, but once it
gets going, it's just a ton of fun.
If you're a fan of these 60s era Euro-Spy films, Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill is one that shouldn't be missed. Why aren't movies today this much fun?
This film has it all, a cool badguy, an even cooler hero (tony kendall) and
alot of cool figts!
This italian james bond rip off is maybe even better than the orginal james bond!
I gave it 8/10
MASTER PLAN: corner the gold market. Probably the most successful of
the cheap European James Bond copies, with quite a few sequels. The
hero (played by Kendall), detective Walker, resembles Sean Connery,
especially when in a suit and hat, recalling the "Dr.No" days, and is
more-or-less partnered with a police captain (muscular Brad Harris).
The two buddies have a very healthy competition and the captain is more
inclined to arrest Walker than fight alongside him at times. The plot
involves the mystery of a couple of crime lords getting blown up; there
are four top gangsters in all and it becomes obvious that one of them
has decided to dissolve their partnership. The tone of the movie is
quite cheerful throughout, almost carefree, with Walker very sure of
himself and his way with the ladies, though he doesn't have all that
much success, either in love or the chasing/gun battles. The film even
spells out what franchise it's copying, with references to author Ian
Fleming in the dialog. The first half of the film drags a little.
The copycat approach becomes very blatant in the 2nd half, when it switches to the master villain's secret base and becomes, essentially, a remake of Dr.No's 2nd half and "Goldfinger." As with many such action spy thrillers, the 1st half is a standard detective story and the 2nd becomes a sci-fi adventure. As in "Goldfinger," there's a private army of female soldiers, as well as the villain's preoccupation with, you guessed it - gold. One scene is a direct rip-off of James Bond's confrontation/seduction scene with Pussy Galore, followed by a sudden rebellion by all the females - I guess Walker does have a certain charm, after all. The production values aren't too bad in this climactic section and there's actually a minor sense of grandeur by this point, recalling Dr.No's finale, though the villain's demise is a bit lame. The next Kommissar adventure was "So Darling,So Deadly." Heroes:6 Villain:5 Femme Fatales:6 Henchmen:5 Fights:5 Stunts/Chases:5 Gadgets:3 Auto:3 Locations:6 Pace:6 overall:5
"Kiss Kiss...Kill Kill" (1966) was only the beginning of a popular Eurospy series teaming Tony Kendall and Brad Harris, but remained the only one to air on Pittsburgh's Chiller Theater, on November 11 1967, paired with second feature "Panic in Year Zero." Accurately described as a knockoff of "Goldfinger," with the female lead in the more than capable hands of Austrian-born beauty Maria Perschy, whose vast genre credits include "The Mad Executioners," "No Survivors, Please," "A Witch Without a Broom," "Murders in the Rue Morgue," and "The Ghost Galleon," plus one film with Peter Cushing ("Battleflag"), two with Christopher Lee ("Five Golden Dragons" and "The Castle of Fu Manchu"), plus four with Paul Naschy ("The Hunchback of the Morgue," "House of Psychotic Women," "Exorcismo," and "The People Who Own the Dark"). German-born blonde knockout Christa Linder (Miss Austria 1962) did one of the sequels, but worked a great deal in Mexico, with the distinction of appearing in Boris Karloff's final feature film, 1968's "Incredible Invasion." Tony Kendall started out in Mario Bava's "The Whip and the Body" (1963), and later appeared in a pair of horrors from Amando De Ossorio, "Return of the Evil Dead" and "When the Screaming Stops," while Idaho-born Brad Harris, a veteran of Italy's peplum films, went on to do titles such as "King of Kong Island," "The Mad Butcher," "The Mutations," and "Lady Dracula."
This is the first Jo Walker (also called 'Kommissar X') film from
Germany--a land that seemed to adore adventure series books and films
in the 1960s. First they started with the Jerry Cotton films- -about an
FBI agent from had fists like steel and always seemed to triumph
against the forces of evil in America. Then, short after, they made
seven of the Jo Walker flicks.
In this first picture, Jo and his friend, the Captain, investigate some murders that point to a weirdo named Oberon. Oberon is basically a knockoff of Goldfinger, as his ultimate plan is to irradiate gold...and he has a formula to remove the radiation as well...making him a very rich man. He has an army of women who sport purple or yellow hair and Jo seems more than over-matched by these Amazons. But of course, he has his secret weapon...his astounding sex appeal!!
In some ways this film is like "Goldfinger" and an Austin Powers or Matt Helm film merged together. It obviously doesn't take itself all too seriously...and in that sense it's much different than the Jerry Cotton movies. It also features a larger budget and settings...making it look more like a Bond film. As for me, I actually prefer the Cotton films as they valued realism...and this Jo Walker certainly did not! Very much like a second-rate Bond parody...but a decent Bond parody.
I watched this movie many times as a child, I was fascinated by all the action, by Tony Kendall, the car chases, the fights, the beautiful and mysterious women with blonde wigs, dressed in black, with guns in their hands. I had not seen yet not one of the original James Bond movies. After seeing several Bonds, I changed my mind. The idea is borrowed from "Goldfinger" (1964). So, the subject is great but missing completely. We have instead a caricature villain, cardboard sets, overall cheap production. Tony Kendall had some charisma, but Brad Harris is ridiculous in everything he does. Too bad that so many beautiful girls are wide panoramic wasted.
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