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An outlandish science-fiction, comedy-thriller full of tongue-and-cheek action, ingenious gadgets in the James Bond style combining violence and tension with polished villainy and flippant ... See full summary »
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Richard Harrison in action to stop Russians from recovering microfilm
"Secret Agent Fireball" is a very good euro-spy movie, with a tight plot filled with a good many twists and plenty of action. The widescreen copy I watched ran 97.5 minutes, not the 89m that IMDb says.
The first 15 minutes go something like this. The story opens in Paris where a man (named Holm) is in an apartment. He nervously looks down to the street on two armed men who mean him no good. He darkens his hair and puts on sunglasses, takes his briefcase and leaves. He hails a taxi to elude them and goes to a rendezvous with chic Russian spy Elena (Wandisa Guida). He is under great pressure to produce a microfilm, but he cannot. The scientist Polyusky who has it has vanished. Elena signals an assassin (Yuri) and leaves. He has a poison dart in an ordinary pipe. Holm was an assistant with Polyusky in Russia, but they defected.
Richard Harrison is brought in to find Polyusky before the Russians do. He starts by going to the dead man's apartment. The Russians, however, know that he's on the case and Yuri is told to stop him. In Holm's room, Harrison finds a woman-courier with a message from Polyusky to meet him in Hamburg. She thinks he's Holm. Suddenly the Russian boss (Ivan) of the operation shows up with a gun. Harrison and the woman are taken on a ride. Harrison escapes. The courier is shot and killed but her ticket to Hamburg tells the Russians where to go next.
Much more is to follow as the scene shifts to Hamburg and then Beirut. The plot will shift its focus and then shift again, as twists occur.
It's a reasonably solid spy movie. It has good locations and a music score that accentuates the action. However, the movie doesn't achieve the tension of a really top-flight story. I guess that's due to some combination of laxity in directing and film editing. It may be that the pressure of a tight schedule also contributed. The producers just didn't want to go much further to raise the quality.
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