Mario Bava’s The Girl Who Knew Too Much
Win, Lose, or Die is built on the premise that everyone involved will make increasingly stupid decisions and refuse to behave in any way resembling a rational human being.
League of Gentlemen is a little bit like if Bulldog Drummond’s humorous classified ad was answered by a fellow demobilized officer putting together a crew for a heist.
Kim is the sort of lean, no-nonsense hardboiled detective formula that, by the 1960s, the pulp paperback industry could produce in its sleep.
In 1957, Clora Bryant recorded Gal with a Horn. As if she had anything to prove beyond being a spectacular trumpet player and drummer, she also proved she was a great singer.
Camp, Kobayashi, and the Psychedelic Grandeur of Black Tight Killers
It may have taken until 1983’s Octopussy for James Bond to visit India, but 007’s influence on the subcontinent’s cinema stretches back much farther, part of a global phenomenon that produced hundreds of swanky spy films.
Asia-Pol‘s plot is as simple and convoluted as one expects from your average spy film: Jô Shishido stars as George, a Japanese-Chinese gangster who hates Japan and has vowed to destroy it by smuggling gold and destroying its economy.
Pretty much every spy novel franchise inspired by James Bond had at least one story where the main character went up against some robe-clad Moonie stand-ins, so I guess Gardner figured why the hell not?
With No Deals, Mr. Bond, John Gardner achieved enough clout, or had at least been around long enough, that he was given a little more leeway to “do his own thing.”
Released in 1986, Nobody Lives Forever has a similar feel to the movie For Your Eyes Only, in that both are essentially one chase scene after another.
Who Saw Her Die? is the rare giallo that succeeds on an emotional level, thanks primarily to a committed performance from former James Bond George Lazenby.