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This was a made or TV flick back in 1978.
One memorable scene is where the lead actress is caught spying by some guy with a gun, who hands her over to her boyfriend and some guy named Otis
To get her to talk, she is stripped naked by a woman who looks like a sumo wrestler. She's placed inside a steam cabinet. One of her captors turns up the steam to maximum, telling her that if she doesn't talk, he's going to cook her alive.
None of the guys doing this to her are carrying guns. She's not cuffed and bound in any way. She pretty much allows them to undress her and put her in the steam bath without putting up much of a fight.
Out heroine chats with her captors while she roasts, and manages to provoke a fist fight between the two men.
While the other guys are fighting, she quietly slips out of the steam cabinet before getting roasted. All THREE of her captors are so pre-occupied that they don't notice a hot, stark naked blonde running away.
Source where I got this rarity: Old Danish VHS called "S*H*E* - Super
Hemmelig Efterretningsagent" = Super Secret Agent.
Okay, here is the story: The beautiful Cornelia Sharpe plays Lavinia Kean, a secret agent who infiltrates criminal affiliations by seducing random guys, and in this movie, her main victim is Baron Cesare Magnasco (Omar Sharif), who has made an evil scheme with his old friend Owen Hooper/Hunt (Robert Lansing) to destroy the world's fuel sources by contaminating it with some sort of poison that turns it into sludge.
The "poison" was invented by Magnasco's girl friend (as in "a friend who is also a girl") Dr. Else Biebling, played by Anita Ekberg. She is very jealous of Lavinia, and tries to get her away from Magnasco, but with little success, as Lavinia - with the help from her friends Lacey (William Traylor) and Rudolf Caserta (Fabio Testi) cracks all the codes and saves the day.
A serious dose of suspense of disbelief is needed to make this movie work, however, but seeing as the writer (Richard Maibaum) has made the scripts for about a dozen James Bond-movies, this one isn't more unbelievable than any of those other movies, except for the fact that there's no "SUPER-VILLAIN", and the heroine is, well, a beautiful woman, and not some guy.
Verdict: Overall, I was quite bored with this movie, as I was expecting a LOT more action (the cover said "forbidden under 16 years", but there's no cursing, nobody dies, and there's nothing disturbing about it!) - I can easily recommend this as a family movie, as I'm sure it would entertain children - especially small girls. But for grown-up entertainment, it's a bit too light and uninteresting. The plot doesn't have any twists or surprises, as it's all done straight by the book.
5/10 for effort, and an extra star for Isabella Rye as the grotesque Russian she-male Fanya. Hilariously ugly.
Cornelia Sharpe as a sexy agent, unmindful of showing her body off and using her skills and weapons to get the bad guy, accompanied by a bumbling male assistant. Wonder why it did not become a hit! Maybe because of the terrible acting? The unimaginative yet familiar action sequences? One henchman/woman (the gender is questionable because of his/her hormone quantities)who looks a bulky grandma lost in a white sheet stolen from a flea market? Because it's all flash, no substance? Let's be thankful Ms. Sharpe has disappeared.
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