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Spy in Your Eye (1965)

Berlino appuntamento per le spie (Operazione Polifemo) (original title)
Unrated | | Adventure, Drama, Mystery | January 1966 (USA)
A leading American spy has a miniature camera surgically implanted in his eye, unbeknownst to him, and with it photographs secrets for the Russians, helping them gather information about a newly created death ray.

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Bert Morris
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Paula Krauss (as Anna Maria Pierangeli)
Gastone Moschin ...
Boris
Tania Béryl ...
Madeleine
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Col. Lancaster
George Wang ...
Ming
Alessandro Sperli ...
Karalis
Marco Guglielmi ...
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Mohamed Belkheir
Mario Valdemarin ...
Willie
Luciana Angiolillo ...
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Tino Bianchi ...
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Franco Beltramme ...
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A leading American spy has a miniature camera surgically implanted in his eye, unbeknownst to him, and with it photographs secrets for the Russians, helping them gather information about a newly created death ray.

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DANA ANDREWS as Secret Agent Z.3 who has to try harder 'cause he's not No.1... But a Blend is better than a Bond - when he has sexier gals... groovier gimmicks and much more gall!


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So would you call this a Spaghetti Espionage flick?!
20 February 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Starting in the mid-1950s and continuing through the 1970s, Italian filmmakers would recruit American actors to star in many of their films. The logic was that by having an American in the lead, the films would have increased marketability internationally. This notion is most associated with the so-called 'Spaghetti Westerns' in which leading men, such as Clint Eastwood, would star with a cast that was mostly Italians. The films were then dubbed into various languages and these films were very successful. However, they didn't just do this sort of thing for Italian westerns...Fellini did this, there were tons of strong man films (such as Hercules or Machiste) as well as some crime films with American leading men. In the case of "Spy in the Eye", however, they used Dana Andrews to star in an espionage picture...not exactly the typical Italian- American hybrid.

Andrews plays Colonel Lancaster, a spy who works for the East AND the West at the same time. How could this be? Is he a double- agent? Well, not exactly. It seems that unbeknownst to Lancaster, the Soviets have placed a camera within the bionic eye he's just received. And using it, they can see and photograph EVERYTHING Lancaster sees--including work on a top secret death ray! While this idea might seem crazy, it does create an interesting spin on the "Six Million Dollar Man" story...and does it almost a decade earlier.

So is it any good? Well, it certainly is creative and unusual. However, I was surprised that the film was actually as dull as it was in spite of the location shoots. It mostly just seemed to consist of folks stabbing each other and never really lived up to the bionic eye gimmick. Not terrible but surprisingly ordinary at best.

I found this film on YouTube. The big plus is that I doubt if I could have found it any other way...the negative is that the print is completely yellowed and it's hard to tell that this was once a full color picture.


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