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008: Operation Exterminate (1965)

A 008 operazione sterminio (original title)
The British Secret Service sends agent 606 to Cairo to collaborate with an American colleague in searching for a stolen anti-radar device. Arriving in Egypt, he finds that agent A008 is actually an attractive female.

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Umberto Lenzi

Writers:

Umberto Lenzi (story), Umberto Lenzi (screenplay) (as Humphrey Humbert) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Ingrid Schoeller ... MacDonald, Agent 008
Alberto Lupo ... Frank Smith, Agent 606
Dina De Santis Dina De Santis ... Beauty Institute Manager
Ivano Staccioli Ivano Staccioli ... Kemp (as John Heston)
Sal Borgese ... Killer with Black Glove (as Mark Trevor)
Umar El-Hariri Umar El-Hariri ... Captain Yussuf
Ahmed Louxor Ahmed Louxor ... Van Deere
George Wang ... Tanaka
Edoardo Toniolo Edoardo Toniolo ... Secret Service Boss
Nando Angelini Nando Angelini ... American Lieutenant at the Bowling Hall
Fortunato Arena Fortunato Arena ... Kemp's Henchman (as Lucky Arena)
Omar Targoman Omar Targoman
Domenico Ravenna Domenico Ravenna ... Professor Hans Meinz (as Johnny Ravenna)
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The British Secret Service sends agent 606 to Cairo to collaborate with an American colleague in searching for a stolen anti-radar device. Arriving in Egypt, he finds that agent A008 is actually an attractive female.

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There is a close-up of Ian Fleming's novel "Live and Let Die" lying on a table. See more »

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Good Bye to Cairo
Written by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino (as Lavagnino) and Ingrid Schoeller (as Schoeller)
Performed by Ingrid Schoeller (uncredited)
edizione musiali Nazionalmusic Milano
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About average for the genre
4 July 2017 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

Hoping to recover a valuable and dangerous anti-radar device, the British government sends in Frank Smith, Agent 606 (Alberto Lupo). He is to meet up with an American known to him as MacDonald, Agent 008 (Ingrid Schoeller). (I just love the agent numbering in these movies.) As you'd expect in a film like this, Smith is shocked to discover that MacDonald is (gasp) a woman. The pair end up in a lot of car chases, fist fights, and gun battles in the streets, hotels, and nightclubs of Cairo - you know, the normal things secret agents do. They also end up playing the role of lovers (who didn't see that coming). There are, as you'd expect, other parties interested in the device - especially the Russians. Who will get there first?

Another of those movies that I'm going to describe as not great, but not horrible. 008: Operation Exterminate is about average. I admit that being directed by Umberto Lenzi, I expected a bit more from the film. This one is more restrained than a lot of his more well known work. The plot does somewhat turn the spy genre on its head with a female lead. In most of these movies, if there is a female spy, she's only there to assist the male lead, provide a love interest, and play the damsel in distress. Not here. Schoeller's 008 takes charge. And she more than capable of handling the demands of the lead role. Nicely done. The film also features plenty of action and intrigue, but lacks the big set pieces and special effects found in spy films with bigger budgets. The twist at the end is a nice touch. I didn't see it coming so it worked on me. Finally, there are some very nice shots of the Cairo streets circa 1965. They give the film a real authentic feel.


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Country:

Italy | Egypt

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

3 September 1965 (Italy) See more »

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Romana Film, Copro Film See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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