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  • I saw the English dubbed version on local TV back in 1967. At that time it went by the title of "Operation Goldsinger" and featured a Maxwell Smart type spy named James Tont. The movie poked fun at all the gadgets and villains that appeared in the first three Bond films. Instead of a stylish Austin-Martin he has a little Fiat )which goes 200mph and doubles as a submarine. Thee plot has James Tont assigned to prevent Goldsinger from blowing up a special meeting of the UN in Rome. I actually thought it was one of the better ripoffs of James Bond. It was shown in Los Angles on channel 9 under their "Million Dollar Movies" time slot, where they would show the same movie Monday thru Sunday at 8 to 10 P.M. (which meant that you could watch the same movie 7 time in a single week.) I think that it is probably still worth a look.
  • This one is a total failure! Everything is bad, the script, the acting, Lando Buzzanca is completely embarrassing, the same Loris Gizzi, France Anglade, Claudie Lange, Antonella Murgia, Jacques Dufilho(the only good actor from all the cast but not in this one...). Without Giovanni Grimaldi this time, Bruno Corbucci is trying to make us laugh but he fails in great style. He was better doing western spaghetti, some thrillers and a few musicals.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    James Bond would like to have attended the first-ever international meeting of secret agents of all kinds and persuasions in Geneva, but he was too busy with "Operation Thunder" at the time, we are so helpfully informed at the start of this movie; so we'll be following James TONT instead. And if the Bond parallels aren't strong enough for you already, how about the Largo-copycat villain with an optional eye-patch? "Operazione D.U.E" is not consistently funny by any means, and it's rarely if ever laugh-out-loud funny, but it does boast a colorful, slick production and an array of imaginative gadgets, from bubble-gum that enables you to fly (!) to a dehydration machine that can turn you into a flat piece of paper until you come into contact with water and grow back to your original size (!). To be honest, the trailer for the other James Tont film makes it look better than this one, but it's damn near impossible to find. **1/2 out of 4.
  • The Italians were among the first to jump on the Secret Agent bandwagon – over the years, I’ve caught a couple of efforts made in this vein – but they were also at the fore when it came to spoofing them. Two James Tont adventures, in fact, emerged during 1965 (“Tonto”, by the way, is Italian for “Dope” – ‘dope’ meaning ‘stupid’, that is, not drugs) – featuring Sicilian comic Lando Buzzanca, later star of myriad sex comedies.

    This is actually the second entry – the “D.U.E.” of the original title meaning “Two”…though the initials themselves specifically stand for “Destruction Urbi Eterna” (a reference to the Vatican, whose invaluable wealth the chief villain plans on stealing via an improbably elaborate plan which would even see the cupola of St. Peter’s flying into space!). Anyway, the film gets off to an inspired enough start with a scene involving the First Convention of Secret Agents being held in Geneva – a message from the world’s most famous spy (guess who?) is read aloud wherein he apologizes for his absence there since he’s currently engaged in “Operation Thunderball”(!)…so, it’s up to Tont to thwart the Adolfo Celi lookalike (the latter, a fine Italian actor, would attain international stardom thanks to his appearance in the James Bond adventure THUNDERBALL [1965]).

    The case takes Buzzanca on various adventures in the London area – but the best bits are those which find him passing off as a ‘beatnik’ (he purposely keeps himself filthy but also gets to sing a puerile song in English at a club); naturally, he becomes involved with a couple of women – one of them a reformed member of the criminal organization he’s after. Unfortunately, it peters out (no pun intended) during the second half – reaching the height of silliness with the scene in which Tont is decompressed (to a cartoonish, flexible form) and literally mailed inside an envelope to a shuttle base where he’s to replace the astronaut being prepared for a test flight!

    While one could hardly expect the overall style to be arresting, given the inherent burlesque nature of it all, the gags themselves are also rather hit-and-miss; the film, then, barely gets by on the star’s charisma, the colorful locations and an agreeable soundtrack (typical of the era and the “Euro-Cult” banner under which it falls).