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Secret Agent Fireball (1965)
"Le spie uccidono a Beirut" (original title)

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Richard Harrison ...
Dominique Boschero ...
Liz
Wandisa Guida ...
Elena
Luciano Pigozzi ...
Yuri (as Alan Collins)
Aldo Cecconi ...
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Carla Calò ...
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Franco Freda ...
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Clément Harari
Jean Ozenne
Audry Fisher
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This espionage movie is not an official 077 spy movie in the Agent Dick Malloy Agent 077 Ken Clark series despite the fact that the agent's call number is referenced in some versions as 077. In fact, the character is referenced by two call numbers in the DVD: X117 and 077. The English language track numbers him as X117 while the Swedish subtitles number him as 077. As such, because of the X117 call number, the film also references the French spy OSS 117, making things particularly confusing. See more »

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Richard Harrison in action to stop Russians from recovering microfilm
20 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"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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