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Article 5435 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 4-25-2017
Directed by Bruno Corbucci and Giovanni Grimaldi
Featuring Lando Buzzanca, Evi Marandi, Gina Rovere
Country: Italy / France
What it is: Spoof Spyghetti

Secret agent James Tont must defeat a plot by the international criminal Goldsinger to destroy the United Nations building.

Well, that didn't take long; here I am with the first of the two James Tont movies.  Once again, my copy is in Italian without English subtitles, so I can't give a real evaluation of the movie.  It is, however, full of gadgetry and concepts to add to the fantastic content of the movie.  In fact, it slips into fantasy at times; when James Tont is able to escape from peril by escaping through mouseholes and flushing himself down toilets, you're no longer in science fiction territory.  Tont drives a tiny car that can go at super-speeds, change colors at the press of a button, and drives underwater.  He also has a scuba-diving suit with a built-in outboard motor.  This movie more directly parodies the Bond movies than the later one, with GOLDFINGER in particular the target of some of the jokes; we have characters and scenes designed to recall the characters and scenes of its model, including a bizarre variation on the laser torture scene of the Bond movie.  As far as I can tell, Tont get secret messages delivered to him by pop music videos; the villains prefer classical music.  All in all, it was quite interesting, but without an English translation, it's really hard for me to say how funny it was; however, it does have a better reputation than its sequel.

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