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Ring Around the World (1966)
"Duello nel mondo" (original title)

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Investigator Fred Lester uncovers a killer using an air pistol firing chemical bullets in the swinging '60s spy thriller RING AROUND THE WORLD, a globe-hopping escapade featuring a ... See full summary »

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Fred Lester
Hélène Chanel ...
Mary Brightford (as Sheryll Morgan)
Giacomo Rossi-Stuart ...
Hitman (as Jack Stuart)
Dominique Boschero ...
Yo-Yo
Bernard Blier
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Silvio Bagolini
Claudio Biava
Renato Montalbano
Peggy Nathan
Walter Neng
Luigi Pierdominici
Giovanni Querrel
Giorgio Sciolette
Goffredo Unger
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Investigator Fred Lester uncovers a killer using an air pistol firing chemical bullets in the swinging '60s spy thriller RING AROUND THE WORLD, a globe-hopping escapade featuring a plane-and-parachute stunt later repeated in the James Bond film Moonraker. Written by Anonymous

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When Lester and Mary escapes from the hitman's place they jump in a white car with v-shaped tail lights and drive off. When the car gets hit by bullets and catches fire, it's suddenly a green 1958 Plymouth Belvedere. See more »

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Richard Harrison, looking for insurance fraud, runs into sultry Helene Chanel, and deadly Giacomo Rossi-Stuart
6 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Ring Around the World" is a good movie, even in a full screen copy such as I watched, but a very reasonably-priced wide screen version is available.

Richard Harrison plays the character Fred Lester. He's been commissioned by an insurance company headed by Bernard Blier to investigate a possible series of deaths that look accidental but may not be. We know they are not because we see the hit man, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, shooting the victims with a frozen bullet that dissolves, leaving no trace but causing a heart attack.

The character of Lester is unique. He looks unassuming, like a college preppie dressed in a suit and wearing dark-rimmed glasses, sometimes black and sometimes brown. He walks right into trouble but finds ways out. He's serious but at the same time jocular in his own way. He has martial arts skills, but doesn't always use them. He almost comes across at times like he blunders into things without too much thought, but he's often deceptively playing at being taken in. He usually is holding back on some trump card.

Harrison makes a fine lead in this movie, handling his part with a kind of deadpan ease but conveying his physique beneath his suits. His opposite number, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, is equally adept at playing the professional hit man. He brings to life every movie I've ever seen him in. He was a definite asset to the euro-movie scene.

For the feminine angle, the movie features Helene Chanel, another euro stalwart. Harrison and Chanel work together for the last portion of the story, flying off to Hong Kong. In an earlier sequence, Harrison goes up against Suart (billed as Jack Stuart in many movies) in Rio and then Brasilia. The sequence in Brasilia is fascinating because the city is so spacious and empty, kind of spooky to see a car chase with almost no other cars on the wide roads.

This is not imitative of James Bond. There are a few small gimmicks but Harrison doesn't rely on any of them. He's also not another Harry Palmer. His unique character adds interest to the story.


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