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Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die (1966)

Se tutte le donne del mondo... (Operazione Paradiso) (original title)
In this spoof of spy films, CIA agent, Kelly, is in Rio De Janeiro spying on a wealthy industrialist, David Ardonian, who secretly plans to turn the world sterile and repopulate it with his harem. UK spy, Susan Fleming, helps Kelly.

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Arduino Maiuri (idea) (as Dino Maiuri), Arduino Maiuri (screenplay) (as Dino Maiuri) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Connors ... Kelly (as Michael Connors)
Dorothy Provine ... Susan Fleming
Raf Vallone ... Mr. Ardonian
Terry-Thomas ... Lord Aldric / James
Margaret Lee ... Grace
Nicoletta Machiavelli ... Sylvia
Beverly Adams ... Karin
Marilù Tolo ... Gioia
Seyna Seyn Seyna Seyn ... Wilma Soong
Oliver MacGreevy Oliver MacGreevy ... Ringo
Sandro Dori Sandro Dori ... Omar
Jack Gwillim ... British ambassador
Andy Ho Andy Ho ... Ling
Renato Terra Renato Terra
George Leech
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Storyline

An outlandish science-fiction, comedy-thriller full of tongue-and-cheek action, ingenious gadgets in the James Bond style combining violence and tension with polished villainy and flippant espionage, as the resourceful CIA Mike "Mannix" Connors and British agents, Dorothy Provine and Terry-Thomas (both previously in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World") escape death-traps on land, sea and air. Written by alfiehitchie

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Rio...where the action is! Where all systems are go-go-go... See more »

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Action | Comedy

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Country:

Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1966 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At least for the time of the film, according to actor Mike Connors, the production was the only film that was allowed permission to film at Rio de Janeiro's sacred landmark of the Christ the Redeemer Statue. See more »

Quotes

Ardonian's secretary: Miss Soong sir.
Wilma Soong: [Miss Soong walks into the office ] I have come to arrange a meeting between you and my employer's
Mr. Ardonian: [Ardonian is shocked at Soong's beauty and is gaping at her] Who will represent your side ?
Wilma Soong: I really don't know .It will be someone important to assure you we do not play games Mr. Ardonian.
Mr. Ardonian: Good
[writes down something on a piece of paper and shows Soong]
Mr. Ardonian: can you remember this?
Wilma Soong: Of course I can. Once you have the money in you Swiss bank account the missle we be ready for your use.
Mr. Ardonian: Very...
[...]
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Connections

Featured in 42nd Street Forever: Blu-ray Edition (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

I Matti Si Divertono (Fools Have All The Fun)
(uncredited)
Music by Mario Nascimbene, Lyrics by Howard Greenfield
Sung by Lydia MacDonald accompanied by Mario Nascimbene Orchestra
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VIsually great, somewhat tedious otherwise
1 June 2014 | by Martin OnassisSee all my reviews

Kiss the Girls and Make them Die has a great title, and since it was shot in 1966, great chic value at this point. Plus it was a studio movie with enough budget to be shot with top shelf cinematography, film stock, and sets (including locations in Brazil), but the actors don't really carry it over the top. Mike Connors is recognizable and active, but his lines aren't the best. It's not edgy or intense enough to shadow James Bond, and not camp enough to be Matt Helm. It's quite a blah in between. ANother problem is there are a LOT ofstylistic and plot 'borrowings' from the specific Bond movie You Only Live Twice, and this undermines it being a parody. Then there are moments when the film inexplicably fails to capitalize on both small and big moments, and just kind of lets them drift away, which is frustrating because at other times you're marvelling at the frame and sets.

Most of the female actresses are forgettable, particularly the one who develops into the lead. The arch villain is threatening, but also not maximized, and his henchman is particularly uninteresting, and unconvincing as a bad guy. THe film switches up between serious and campy, and it's just not written clever enough to pull it off.

That said, the movie is visually gorgeous, with shots of a Rio De Janiero in the late 1960s, with one fantastic interior after another, a mix of Brazilian culture with mid-century modern. You want to see a Rolls Royce driving a jungle road? You'll see it here. It's too bad the leads weren't more engaging, or given more character in the script to work with.


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