Deadlier Than the Male (1967, GBR) C-101m. SCOPE ** D: Ralph Thomas. Starring Richard Johnson, Elke Sommer, Sylva Koscina, Nigel Green, Suzanna Leigh, Steve Carlson, Virginia North, Laurence Naismith. Pretty good Bond imitation from experienced director Thomas (HOT ENOUGH FOR JUNE). Johnson comes pretty close to Sean Connery as Bulldog Drummond, a gentleman spy (originally a character from a 1930s/1940s film series). He must stop sexy but lethal duo of Sommer and Koscina, who want to kill a King from the Near East to complete an oil deal. Good-looking 60s fodder, a bit too talky compared to the James Bond movies of the time, though Sommer and Koscina are would have made great Bond girl. Cowritten by Jimmy Sangster. Some prints run 98m. Followed by one sequel, SOME GIRLS DO (1969).

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