Turbulent, fast-paced comedy adventure (one of the best of its time) about unhappy billionaire Belmondo, whose suicide attempts keep failing. When he hires some killers to do him in, he falls in love with beautiful Andress and wants to reverse the deal. Belmondo is ideally suited to this role, exotic locations and lots of stunts make this a joy to watch. A worthy companion piece to the Bond movies of that time.
Some of the scenes were shot in France, for example when you see snow. The snow in the Himalaya was inaccessible for the crew, one needed three weeks by foot to reach it. A small part of the team had been there but for the shooting it was too complicated. Some scenes were shot at the foot of the Himalaya and also at the world's highest monastery at 5000 m altitude. It was just not possible to get the whole crew there, because they needed to use a helicopter which could take only three or four persons a time. See more »
Two insurance company agents get into an orange and black Hillman taxicab No.125, but they crash, being in a different car afterwards (black Ford Zephyr). Then they take the same taxicab again. See more »
This film is very typical of the spirit of the sixties, a nice mixture of exotic adventure film, comedy and action. It seems not to be everyone's taste, but it's definitely my liking! The story is being driven at a frantic pace and Belmondo is completely in his element. He runs, jumps, and twirls in all directions. Some action scenes are still impressive by today's standards. Ursula Andress brings the necessary touch of charm and seduction and Jean Rochefort (without his legendary mustache) is impeccable in his role of faithful servant. The images shot on location in Hong Kong, India, and Nepal are a real treat and have a documentary value today. Ideally, watch it after the even better "the man from Rio", of which he does not quite reach the level, but constitutes a very pleasant and entertaining sequel. I recommend to watch it with your children and teenagers, the will love it!
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