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Giorgio Ardisson: The Italian James Bond

Fans of Eurospy films may want to check out Matt Blake’s new book Giorgio Ardisson: The Italian James Bond. Matt was one of the co-authors of the Eurospy Guide and really knows his stuff. Here he presents an overview of one of the most popular Eurospy stars, Giorgio Ardisson. As a refresher, here are my [...]

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Hearts and Armour (1983)

Country: Italy Starring: Rick Edwards, Barbara De Rossi, Tanya Roberts, Ron Moss, Leigh McClosky, Tony Vogel, Maurizio Nichetti, Zeudi Araya Director: Giacomo Battiato Writer: Giacomo Battiato, Sergio Donatti Cinematographer: Dante Spinotti Music: Cooper and Hughes Producers: Nicola Carraro, Franco Cristaldi Original Title: I Paladini – storia d’armi e d’amori Hearts and Armour is essentially a [...]

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Oasis of Fear (1971)

Country: Italy Director: Umberto Lenzi Starring: Ray Lovelock. Ornella Muti, Irene Papas, Michel Bardinet, Jacques Stany, Umberto Raho, Antonio Mellino Music: Bruno Lauzi, Claudio Fabi AKA: Dirty Pictures, An Ideal Place to Kill Original Title: Un posto ideale per uccidere On multiple occasions I have extolled the virtues of the movie Flash Gordon, starring Sam [...]

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Violent Rome (1976)

Country: Italy AKA: Roma Violenta, Forced Impact, Violent City Director: Marino Girolami Starring: Maurizio Merli, Ray Lovelock, John Steiner, Richard Conte, Luciano Rossi Music: Guido De Angelis, Maurizio De Angelis The man with the moustache, Maurizio Merli is back, as another hard-hitting, no holds barred police officer, in this the first of a trio of [...]

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Maciste in King Solomon’s Mines (1964)

Country: Italy Director: Piero Regnoli Starring: Reg Park, Wandisa Guida, Eleonora Bianchi, Bruno Piergentili, Elio Jotta, and ‘Little’ Loris Loddi Music: Francesco De Masi Original Title: Maciste nelle miniere di re Salomone Welcome to the ‘Big Muscle Tussle’. During February, the members of the Mysterious Order of the Skeleton Suit are celebrating musclemen – and [...]

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Kriminal (1966)

Country: Italy Director: Umberto Lenzi Starring: Glenn Saxson, Helga Line, Andrea Bosic, Ivano Staccioli, Esmeralda Ruspoli, Dante Posani, Franco Fantasia, Susan Baker Music: Raymond Full, Roberto Pregadio The character Kriminal has a rich history, which is a bit out of my depth to discuss at length. Put simply, Kriminal began in a series of adult [...]

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Ator IV: Quest for the Mighty Sword (1990)

AKA: Ator III: Hobgoblin, The Lord of Akili Country: Italy Director: Joe D’Amato Starring: Eric Allen Kramer, Margaret Lenzey, Donal O’Brian, Dian Morrone, Chris Murphy, Laura Gemser, Marisa Mell Editor: Kathleen Stratton Cinematographer: Joe D’Amato Writer: Joe D’Amato Music: Idra Music, Carlo Maria Cordio Producer: Carlo Maria Cordio Ator IV is inept on every level. [...]

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Fear in the City (1976)

Country: Italy Director: Giuseppe Rosati Starring: Maurizio Merli, James Mason, Raymond Pellegrin, Silvia Dionsio, Franco Ressel, Cyril Cusack Music: Giampaolo Chiti Original Title: Paura in Citta AKA: Hot Stuff, Street War When it comes to giving crime a right proper kicking, no one kicks harder than Maurizio Merli. And he’s back in another hard-hitting poliziotteschi. [...]

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Deadly Inheritance

Release Year: 1968 Country: Italy Director: Vittorio Sindoni Starring: Tom Drake, Feni Benussi, Virginio Gazzolo, Ernesto Colli, Isarco Ravaioli, Andrea Fantasia, Ivo Garrani, Valeria Ciangottini, Jeanette Len Music: Stefano Torossi Original Title: Omicidio Per Vocazione Omicidio Per Vocazione, or Deadly Inheritance as I’ll call it due to my inability to speak Italian is a weird [...]

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Fire Monsters Against the Son of Hercules (1962)

Director: Guido Malatesta Starring: Reg Lewis, Margaret Lee, Luciano Marin, Andrea Aureli Music: Guido Robuschi, Gian Stellari The version of Fire Monsters Against the Son of Hercules that I viewed for this review appears to be an American repackaging of another English version of the film. It features a toe-tapping theme song, “The Mighty Sons [...]

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