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Balearic Caper (1966)

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A scepter is stolen, and it's hunted for by various groups of international robbers and spies, for various reasons - in a parody of 007 movies.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacques Sernas ... Pierre
Mireille Darc ... Polly
José Luis López Vázquez ... Fernando
Marilù Tolo ... Sofia
Venantino Venantini ... Giuliano
Guillermo Marín ... Secret Service Chief
Mercedes Muñoz Sampedro
Joaquín López Díaz Joaquín López Díaz
Francesca Sernas Francesca Sernas
Fernando Cano Fernando Cano
Juan Antonio Peral Juan Antonio Peral
Mario Morales Mario Morales
Enrique Navarro Enrique Navarro
Adriano Domínguez
José Orjas


A scepter is stolen, and it's hunted for by various groups of international robbers and spies, for various reasons - in a parody of 007 movies.

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10 March 1966 (Italy) See more »

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Better than I was led to believe
29 June 2017 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

When a jewel encrusted gold scepter is found off the coast of Ibiza, it attracts a lot of attention from some unsavory characters. There are several groups of would-be thieves who want to steal the valuable artifact from the local museum. As luck would have it, all of the people vying to steal the scepter just happen to plan their robberies for the same night. Before sunrise, there will be multiple fake scepters in play, only adding to the confusion.

While I would never call Operation Gold (or Baleric Caper) a great movie, I had a pretty good time with it. It's the kind of movie that can be fun if you don't take things overly serious. It's basically a Euro-heist film with a comedic twist. I enjoy most heist films, but generally don't care for 60s Euro-comedies. I find many of these films too broad and slapstick for my taste. You need look no further than Secret Agent Black Forest (I think that was his name) in Operation Gold for an example of what I'm talking about. But I'm happy to say that a lot of the comedy here actually worked on me. I laughed out loud a time or two when the scepters were changing hands every few minutes in the final act. Fortunately, when the comedy doesn't work, there's enough action to keep things moving along. The pacing is good with very few moments that I would call dull. There are also plenty of spy-type gadgets to keep things interesting. The self-driving smart car and the levitating crate were a bit much, but I did get a kick out of the magnetic boots. The Ibiza scenery is another plus. Mediterranean locations always work on me. Finally, the cast was better than I expected. Bond alum Daniela Bianchi may be the name, but she's not in the movie long enough to be the real star. Venantino Venantini, Mirelle Darc, and Marilu Tolo stand out and make the film for me.

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