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Where the Bullets Fly (1966)

A secret agent is assigned to get the formula for a process that can drain nuclear energy from an element called spurium.

Director:

John Gilling

Writer:

Michael Pittock (original screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tom Adams ... Charles Vine
Dawn Addams ... Felicity 'Fiz' Moonlight
Tim Barrett Tim Barrett ... Seraph
Michael Ripper ... Angel
Sidney James ... Mortuary Attendant
Wilfrid Brambell Wilfrid Brambell ... Train Guard
Joe Baker Joe Baker ... Minister
John Arnatt ... Rockwell
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ... Thursby
Marcus Hammond Marcus Hammond ... O'Neil
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Arpino Tony Arpino ... Butler
Michael Balfour Michael Balfour ... Band Leader
Tom Bowman Tom Bowman ... Russian Colonel
Maurice Browning Maurice Browning ... Cherub
Michael James Cox Michael James Cox ... Lt. Guyfawkes
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A secret agent is assigned to get the formula for a process that can drain nuclear energy from an element called spurium.

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The world's second best secret agent against a devil... Called "angel"!

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1966 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

002 el mejor agente secreto See more »

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Alastair Films,Puck Films See more »
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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Wilfrid Brambell: As a Train Guard. See more »

Connections

Followed by O.K. Yevtushenko (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

John Brown's Body
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Kenny Graham
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Where the Bull Flies,off the Vine
25 April 2008 | by BogmeisterSee all my reviews

MASTER PLAN: steal a prototype airplane. It's a rather basic, nuts-'n'-bolts take on the superspy genre - think the James Bond films of the sixties with only a quarter of the budget and no star quality - there was nothing special to justify further films. In this follow-up to "Licensed to Kill" of the previous year, Tom Adams reprises the role of Charles Vine, the 2nd Best Secret Agent in the Whole Wide World (2nd to Bond, of course). Adams actually warmed to the part here and the tone is slightly more satirical, but the plot is quite dull, even inconsequential. The actor Arnatt is also back as Rockwell, this film's version of M, the supervisor. Besides the slow pace, one scene is even baffling: during a meeting in Rockwell's office between Rockwell, Vine and a double agent, a cat is seated on Rockwell's desk; much of the scene is from the cat's perspective and we also see the faces of the 3 men superimposed over the eyes of the cat. I thought the meaning would be made clear later, but no such luck.

Vine is not very impressive in this story. At one point, he's captured by enemy agents, kept in an odd electrified room which mocks the usual Bond torture scenes and is also drugged, revealing a secret location. His escape is facilitated through the sacrifice of a female; enemy agents proceed to the location Vine gave up and kill the people on-site; Vine follows, punches out a guard - one of the good guys - and, after a long chase, fails to capture the villain. By this point, I was thinking Vine may be the 3rd or 4th best secret agent - maybe even the 5th. In fact, any success Vine enjoys in his struggles, right to very conclusion, stems from the ineptitude of the bad guys. Though much of this is lame, including the strained humor and weird giggling by the main villain, it does retain a bit of the charm of its predecessor. Towards the last half-hour, the focus seems to switch to how many ladies Vine can seduce rather than foiling the plots of the dastards. Dawn Addams, top-billed with Tom Adams, appears late and too briefly. There followed a 3rd film, "OK Y-"something, filmed in Spain, which almost no one has seen or heard of. Hero:6 Villains:5 Femme Fatales:6 Henchmen:4 Fights:5 Stunts/Chases:5 Gadgets:4 Auto:5 Locations:5 Pace:4 overall:5


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