Janne the Director’s Favorite Rare Movies Top 100 List #33: Deadlier Than the Male (1967)
33. Deadlier Than The Male [DVD] (1967)
Before this one there had been a successful film series about the main character Hugh “Bulldog” Drummond and the first one saw the light of day as early as 1922! But after 20-something movies something happened in the 60’s… Bond. James Bond. So they just made the franchise look a little bit more… Bond.
In Deadlier Than the Male we get the deadliest “not male” of them all: Elke Sommer from classics like A Shot in the Dark and The Prize. And o’boy – she is not male anywhere! Seriously: why didn’t she become a REAL Bond girl? Makes no sense…
If you’re into Bond rip offs like me you either look for them at today’s spoof market (see #66 in this list) or in the 60’s. There you’ll find gems like OK Connery starring Sean’s brother Neil Connery, who looks like Sean in a certain light and angle, playing… Dr. Neil Connery – a Bond rip off so bad that it is great. But I do not want to recommend “good because it’s bad”-titles since I think we all prefer when its “good because it’s good”.
I’ll admit/warn you that this got its slow points but those slow scenes are filled with suave dialogue and one liners told by men with Stephen Colbert-eyebrows and women with a smirk. But what makes this cool is how the Bond films were all sexist and this one is… too. BUT here all the sexist men gets Octopussy whipped in pretty much every scene they share. And when they don’t put men in their place they kill them with a pun for dessert:
I’ve had men fall for me before but… never like this.
(Elke Sommer after dropping a man from a balcony).
Since the trailer on youtube doesn’t allow me to embed it you just have to click this link for: THE TRAILER!
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