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Serenade für zwei Spione (1965)
Lost Film - Holy Grail Of '60s Euro-Spy Films
This 1965 German/Italian James Bond spoof would be a great discovery with the recent Austin Powers' craze. The English version of this film is lost! The only hope of finding it would be to track down a former I.T.C. salesman or employee who distributed the film to American television between 1965 and 1975. The film was dubbed in English specifically by I.T.C. for broadcast TV but was never released in America on the big screen. The 16MM copies, that were sent to stations all over the USA, were made from a beautiful 35 MM print. The 16MM prints have slowly disappeared. I'm hopeful that one day someone will find an original 35 MM English version of this film in a safe at the old I.T.C. offices in New York. The Euro-spy film stars Hellmut Lange as Agent 006 and a half, and Tony Kendall from the Kommissar X films. Lange's mission is to retrieve a laser device from the bad guys and claim it for his own country. Barbara Lass, the unforgettable star of Werewolf in a Girl's Dormitory, is the woman in the case. While Bond had Goldfinger, this film featured Goldfeather, a bikini clad secret agent played by Heidelinde Weis. The film has it's share of gadgets and even includes a dynamite breakfast roll. Lange plays Agent John Krim who is pursued across the US before being caught in the Nevada desert. The chase sequences are fun to watch, and the one-line quips in the English dubbed version are hilarious. Actor Hellmut Lange often speaks in 3rd person during much of this satire which provides plenty of laughs. Hellmut Lange: "Buckle down John Krim and get busy. Flirting's forbidden in America. Get the latest Playboy and take it easy" Here's an exchange between Lange and Barbara Lass. Lange: "The one thing that I do remember is that we kissed." Barbara Lass: "But what if we did? It doesn't mean a thing. A kiss is just a kiss.' Lange: "Not when it's John Krim who does the kissing." This may be the Holy Grail of the '60's Spaghetti Spy films. Hopefully Serenade For Two Spies will be re-discovered by a new generation of movie fans.