Truth be told ,Coplan did not begin his career in the movies in the wake of James Bond.It was not the first time Maurice Labro had tackled Paul Kenny 's spy thrillers : in 1957 ,"action Immédiate" was the first adaptation ,starring Henri Vidal.
On the other hand it's true that the French producers resumed these adventures -along with those of OSS 117 ,whose cinematographic began before those of 007 too- to capitalize on Bond's craze.
"Coplan Prend Des Risques " is the third effort;Labro had to find another actor because Vidal died in 1959;he chose a French thespian ,Dominique Paturel ,who essentially worked for TV and on stage ,who would be popular in the late sixties with the D'Artagnan miniseries.Jacques Balutin ,often cast in comedies, serves as a foil to him.Jacques Monod is the French equivalent of "M" and is called,like in the books , "Le Vieux " (the old man).Oddly,Legay ,who is often Coplan's collaborator,like Fondane (Balutin),plays an ambiguous part ...and dies! Virna Lisi is a gorgeous Coplan girl (and unlike the starlets of those flicks,a good actress too).Coplan remains chaste during all his mission and he saves his only kiss for the last scene.There are a few hints at sixties French politic
Directing is flat and plain, screenplay is unimaginative and humor is absent .The only spectacular scene is a long fight on (and under) a train.
Unlike OSS 117,whose spoofs with Jean DUJARDIN were big hits in recent years ,Coplan did not enjoy a second coming:a miniseries starring Philippe Caroit (late eighties-early nineties) did not restore him to favor.
Like this....try these (Every movie has a different actor playing the secret agent)
-"Action Immediate " ,Labro ,1957 -"Coplan FX 18, Agent Secret , Cloche,1963 -"Coplan Fx 18 Casse tout" ,Freda ,1965 -"Coplan Ouvre Le Feu A Mexico " ,Freda ,1966 -"Coplan Sauve Sa Peau" Boisset ,1967 :this last one is probably the best of the lot , the only one which transcends trite spy thrillers