Bind is sent to America to locate the missing diplomat 'Lord Dangerfield' ( Noel Johnson ). Along with His Lordship's gorgeous daughter 'Carlotta Muff-Dangerfield' ( Fiona Curzon, who went on to become a hostess on Ted Rogers' '3-2-1' ) - whom he nicknames 'Lotta Muff' ( groan! ) - he calls on Senator Lucifer Orchid ( Gary Hope ), an old friend of His Lordship's. The Senator ( who strangely lacks an American accent ) is a megalomaniac hell bent on seizing power. At his country home, the first of several attempts on Bind's life is made. Luckily our hero has brought along gadgets such as a magnetic pen ( ideal for catching bullets ), a force field which saves him from being blown up on a dance floor, a bullet-firing cigarette ( a nod to 'You Only Live Twice' ), and a Lagotza sports car fitted out with wings ( the car flying over a locked gate is like something out of 'The Goodies' ). Orchid is blackmailing Dangerfield to kill the President of the United States, so that an impostor posing as the Vice President ( Don Fellows ) will be sworn in in his place. Bind has competition in the formidable shape of nut-case 'Jensen Fury' ( Nick Tate of 'Space: 1999' ) a.k.a. 'Hyper Agent Ultra One', who is as good a shot as he is.
Hunt ( who replaced Nicky Henson after the actor was offered the chance to join the R.S.C. ) acts as though he is still on the set of 'The New Avengers'. As Orchid, Gary Hope is...well, hopeless. But the worst performance comes from Nick Tate, who plays 'Fury' like Freddie Starr doing James Cagney. Amongst this jet-setting international cast are Anna Bergman ( of 'Mind Your Language' ), Linda Lou Allen ( of 'What's On Next?' ) and...John Junkin.
Shonteff recycled a few ideas from his earlier 'Licensed To Kill' ( 1965 ) which starred Tom Adams, including Bind's duplicate and the transvestite killer. I don't know if Robin Smyth ( author of the book ) was working from an earlier draft of the script, but many of the action scenes he describes are not in the film, such as Bind trapped in a room that is slowly filling with water ( he escapes by putting a protective bag over his head, and, activating rockets in the toe-caps of his shoes, shoots through the ceiling ). Though the plot moves from America to Switzerland and an island in the Pacific, it looks like the same location was used to represent all three. The thrilling climax has Bind's car attacked by cannons as he struggles to rescue Lotta Muff and the V.P. from a watery grave.
This is total crap, of course ( boasting a horrendous disco title theme ), yet manages to be more amusing than 'Austin Powers' and feels more like a Bond movie than 'Quantum Of Solace', faint praise though that is. Some scenes will have you howling with laughter, such as Bind in a limousine whose brakes have failed. The chauffeur wisely jumps out, but the idea to follow suit does not occur to Bind. Instead he pulls a wire out of his wrist-watch ( its like the one Robert Shaw had in 'From Russia With Love' ), throws it out of the window, hooking it onto a tree. You'd reasonably expect his arm to be yanked out of its socket, but no, the car simply rolls to a halt.
Amazingly, a sequel was made eleven years later - 'Number One Gun' - with Michael Howe as 'Bind', and - I can hardly believe it - Gary Hope again as the villain. Some people never learn from their mistakes.
But if this film deserves to go down in cinema history, its for the scene at Scarlet Star's club where Bind is menaced by a stripper whose tassels whirl about like propeller blades, a razor blade attached to each one. Bind holds up a chair to protect himself, and she reduces it to sawdust. Titillating!