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Checkmate (1973)

The Federation's Boss must call their best agent out of a bedroom romp with a gentleman because the USA, Russia, Britain and France, the four nuclear powers, are under the menace of an ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Diana Wilson ...
Pepper Burns / Agent 00X
An Tsan Hu ...
Mme. Chang
J.J. Coyle ...
Mr. Snow
Don Draper ...
Caren Kaye ...
Ion De Hondol ...
Boris Petroff - Russian agent
Reg Roland ...
André Vidal - French agent
Nancy Tier ...
Hitgirl Tickler - French Maid
Jordan Myers ...
Ian Livingstone - British agent
Robie Galina ...
Ellen Michaels ...
Hitgirl Happy
Rolla Knuckles ...
Frank Young ...
U.N. agent
Paul Canavan
Kurt Mann ...
Jogger in Central Park


The Federation's Boss must call their best agent out of a bedroom romp with a gentleman because the USA, Russia, Britain and France, the four nuclear powers, are under the menace of an atomic weapon carried by their very own super secret joint satellite. An unnamed power, represented by the sexy and intelligent Madame Chang, by various means (sexy hit-girls and some violence) has been retrieving the keys to the computer that controls that weapon from the only men in the world who had got those precious keys... The beautiful and daring Diana Burns, after being driven over New York by helicopter, is forced to play a double game with the British agent to save his life, to fight a Dark hit-girl in Central Park, and try to avoid paying the 4 billion dollar ransom demanded by the Eastern gang. Pepper will have to use her other attributes, to uncover treachery among her own people and to play two deadly games of chess to win the day. The world will be safe again, and then pepper can rest ... Written by Artemis-9

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She's a secret agent, single with a double bed and lots of undercover action.


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December 1973 (USA)  »

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Pepper Secret Agent 00X  »

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Mr. Snow: [Eyeing malevolently to Pepper Burns] Dark is being taken to the infirmary. She'll need stitches!
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Music and Lyrics by Hal Graham
Vocal by Miss Gavril Payne
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Tagline (slightly edited) "She's a secret agent, single with a double bed and lots of un(der)cover action".
26 April 2006 | by (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada) – See all my reviews

I cannot trace any evidence that this film was ever screened outside the USA and (according to IMDb) Norway. Probably it was, but presumably this did not have much of an impact at the time. An NTSC VHS version was released under the title "Pepper - Secret Agent", and I acquired a copy when I purchased a boxfull of nondescript tapes from a rental outlet that was closing down - I still do not know whether there was any connection! Today you are most likely to catch it on one of its somewhat rare late night TV showings. In fairness however it is better made than most films of the same type. Its basic failings are its total unbelievability, and acting that really does nothing to compensate for this.

It is probably best classified as a comedy thriller, and features an undercover agent "Pepper Burns" who gets mixed up with the shenanigans of a crime syndicate operated by Mme Chang, who holds a very high position in UNICEF that appears to give her access to the most confidential decisions made by the Security Council. This gang has ambitious financial goals which lead to murder and mayhem the moment the film starts. If this type of film appeals to you it may prove quite enjoyable to watch. Generally speaking I find such films rather boring and often turn them off very quickly, but this one was more stylish than most and it kept me amused throughout most of the hour and a half that it ran. Pepper is a private investigator who is brought into the story when her phallic shaped bedside personal alarm starts flashing red in a most decadent manner; within a very short time she has to deal with not only murder but seduction, extortion, blackmail and ultimately the threat from nuclear weapons; all without her makeup ever getting ruffled (although she does sometimes find it necessary to shed a few garments). It is both totally mindless and totally harmless. The story is more full of holes than any of the corpses which are featured. If you want to watch it you have been warned - there are both better and worse films of the same genre and the choice is yours.

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