Kommissar X - In den Klauen des Goldenen Drachen
So Darling, So Deadly
Agente Jo Walker Operazione Estremo Oriente / Agent Joe Walker: Operation Far East
Hans Pflüger, Theo Maria Werner for Parnass Film, Cinesecolo, Avala Film, Cathay Film
directed by Gianfranco Parolini (as Frank Kramer)
starring Tony Kendall, Brad Harris, Barbara Frey, Luisa Rivelli, Ernst Fritz Fürbringer, Gisela Hahn, Margaret Rose Keil, Jacques Bézard, Giuseppe Mattei, Carlo Tamberlani, Nikola Popovic, H. Amin, Gianfranco Parolini (as Frank Littleword), M.Ojatirato, Sarah Abdullah, Jelena Zibon (as Jelena Jovanovic), Zorica Gajdas, Pixie Montero, Dusan Tadic
screenplay by stefan Gommermann, Werner Hauff, Gianfranco Parolini (as Frank Kramer), based on a novel by Paul Alfred Müller (as Bert F.Island), music by Mladen Gutesa (as Bobby Gutesha), stunt coordinator: Brad Harris
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Private eye Joe Walker (Tony Kendall) alias Kommissar X and Captain
Rowland (Brad Harris) of New York homicide come to Singapore upon the
request of a certain Professor Akron (Ernst Fritz Fürbringer) ... but
even before they learn about their new assignment, atempts on their lives
are made on the airplane, the train and waterskis (!).
Eventually though they learn that Professor Akron has invented a death
ray, but now a baddie only known as Golden Dragon and his henchmen are
after the Erradicon filter, the lense that turns his ray into a deathray
... and which the Professor hides inside a locket around his daughter
Sybille's (Barbara Frey) neck - which is rather unfortunate since the
Golden Dragon has soon kidnapped the girl to blackmail the Professor into
giving his the Erradicon - not knowing that it's already within his arm's
reach. What follows is a series of chases, fistfights and shootouts until
Joe Walker, Captain Rowland and the Professor all also become captives of
the Dragon, and after he gets the Erradicon he prepares to kill them all
in various death traps ... but then Shabana (Luisa Rivelli), the Dragon's
right hand girl and bait for Walker (she's a blonde so how could he
resist) learns that the Dragon has killed her sister Stella (Gisela Hahn),
and she spontaneously changes sides, frees everybody and helps them defeat
and kill the Dragon - who has turned out to be the Professor's good friend
diplomat Jonathan Taylor (Carlo Tamberlani) - and escape his secret lair
which he has set on self-destruct with his dieing breath.
One of the Dragon's men though has grabbed the Erradicon and tries to
make a getaway ... but the Professor has set the Erradicon on
self-destruct and ... boom.
And in the end, Joe Walker alias Kommissar X makes his getaway in a
helicopter with Shabana, since she ahs saved his life and in return he
wants to save her from the police (after all, she was on the Dragon's
As pretty much all Kommissar X films, So Darling, So
Deadly is not really a good film, and it of course pales in comparison
to the James Bond series it desperately tries to mimick. But
taken on its own terms, So Darling, So Deadly is wonderfully campy
fun, an enjoyably silly movie full of pulp clichés like hooded villains,
unnecessarily complicated torture devices and deathtraps, beautiful women
in hotpants carrying guns, improbable plottwists and of course the
ubiquitous death ray. And then there's of course Tony Kendall
playing his role too-cool-to-be-true, Brad Harris' unique approach to
acting and both of these men having a dance scene. Wow ! Of course it does
help that the film doesn't take itself too seriously, and you will
probably only like it if you don't take it too seriously as well - but
then you might even love it !
review © by Mike Haberfelner
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