Kommissar X - Jagd auf Unbekannt
Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill
Dodici Donne d'Oro
West Germany / Italy / Yugoslavia 1966
Hans Pflüger, Mario Siciliano, Theo Maria Werner, Petar Sobajic (executive) for Avala Film, Metheus Film, Parnass
directed by Gianfranco Parolini (as Frank Kramer)
starring Tony Kendall, Brad Harris, Maria Perschy, Christa Linder, Ingrid Lotarius, Nikola Popovic, Giuseppe Mattei (as Joseph Matthews), Jacques Bézard, Danielle Godet, Olivera Vuco, Giovanni Simonelli (as Sim O'Neill), Liliane Dulovic, Dusan Perkovic, Viktor Starcic, Dusan Antonijevic, Dragan Lakovic, Aleksandar Stojkovic, Bozidar Miletic, Jovan Rancic, Zivojin Denic, Ratislav Plamenac, Branko Jokic, Hans Thilo
screenplay by Werner Hauff, Giovanni Simonelli (as Sim O'Neill), 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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Someone is killing arms dealers and pretty girls left and right, and it
all seems to have to do with the disappearance of nuclear physicist Bob
Carroll ... and when way-too-cool private detective Joe Walker aka
Kommissar X (Tony Kendall) and police captain Rowland (Brad Harris) - who
of course disapproves of Walker's methods but can't help but work with him
- investigate, they repeatedly stumble upon the name of arms dealer
O'Brien (Nikola Popovic), who seems to be behind everything ... until
O'Brien invites them to his home and tells them his life is threatened by
his partner Henry Mail ... and before Walker and Rowland can even
interfere they see O'Brien being riddled by bullets, presumably by Mail's
men - it's only when Mail dies as well a short time later that both Walker
and Rowland have second thoughts ... and of course, O'Brien has actually
only faked his own death.
After many a chase, shoot-out and fistfight, the whole thing culminates
in a showdown set in O'Brien's underground hideout on his private island,
where he keeps the gold he and his partners made from their crooked deals
- but unfortunately, the gold is contaminated, which is why O'Brien needed
nuclear physicist Bob Carroll in the first place ... of whom he has since
disposed of course. And Walker, who has found the secret hideout despite
all of O'Brien's precautions is captured by his girl robots and soon to be
executed - if it wasn't for Joan (Maria Perschy), who is actually Bob
Carroll's sister who only accepted the job as O'Brien's secretary to find
out what has happened to her brother. And now that she's found out, she is
hell-bent on getting back at O'Brien - which she can only with the help of
his right hand man Kan (Giuseppe Mattei), who has long been secretly in
love with her ... and of course, in the finale, the whole island is blown
to Kingdom Come, and only the goodies - including Captain Rowland, who has
since joined the fun and the girl robots, who have since regained
their senses and are just girls once again - are saved. And in the end,
Walker takes care of all the former girl robots ...
Very obviously inspired by the then current James Bond
series, Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill is more than a little derivative, is
short on original ideas, and is thus far from being a (genre-)masterpiece.
That all said though, the film isn't half bad either, contrary to most
other James Bond rip-offs it just refuses to take itself too
seriously, Tony Kendall's too-cool-to-be-true performance as the lead is
nothing short of hilarious, the cheap 1960's set designs are simply
wonderful, the girl robots are a hoot from beginning to end, and some of
the costume designs are simply exhilarating.
So no, Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill is not a good film (in the
purest sense of the word) - it's just sooo much fun to watch.