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In this, the first Matt Helm movie, we see Matt Helm coaxed out of semi-retirement by an attractive ex-partner. It seems that the evil Big O organization has a nefarious plan called "Operation: Fallout." If this plan comes to fruition, Big O will explode an atomic bomb over Alamogordo, NM, and start WWIII. Only Matt Helm can stop them. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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Follow his secret from bedroom to bedlam, with guns, girls and dynamite! See more »


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The letters in the name of the BIG O criminal organization is an acronym. The organization's full name is the Bureau for International Government and Order. See more »

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When Nancy Kovack's character Barbara is shot twice before she can stab Helm, the sound is that of a suppressed gun. The gun Daliah Lavi fired had no suppressor (commonly called a silencer). See more »

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Gail Hendrix: Mr. Helm, now do I look like an enemy agent?
Matt Helm: Well I dunno, I haven't seen the latest models yet.
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Crazy Credits

Woven (almost literally) through the opening credits are three cleverly staged striptease dances by Mary Jane Mangler (brunette in blue), Larri Thomas (blond in white), and 'guest star' Cyd Charisse in red (who also performs the title number, voice dubbed by Vikki Carr). Charisse emerges roughly 40 minutes later in the film as an actual character - nightclub dancer Sarita. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Magic Sword (1992) See more »

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Parody lyrics by Herbert Baker
Sung by Dean Martin
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Best of the Bond Alternatives
24 August 1999 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This is the best Matt Helm film and along with the somewhat more serious Bulldog Drummond film, Deadlier Than The Male, one of the best tongue-in-cheek spy/adventure films ever made.

The production is breezy and entertaining, the direction is hilarious (Martin, Stella Stevens) and seductive (Daliah Lavi) and there are quite a few clever bits of strategy played out by all the characters.

Matt Helm likes his women but treats them with respect. The women, unlike in the Bond and Flint movies, are not just window dressing; They become integral to the plot.

The mixture of clever plot, sharp dialog and self-deprecating humor make this Bond alternative much more enjoyable than the pretentious, boring, self-congratulatory Flint films. Matt Helm wants to have a good time but knows when to get down to business.

Universal Pictures packages this film with the enjoyable film The Wrecking Crew. This package deserves to be part of any spy collection.


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