Fathom

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1967

Ill-fated attempt at creating a sort of amphibious counterpart to Modesty Blaise (whose own attempts at cinematic translation weren’t exactly well-fated to begin with) starring Raquel Welch as an undercover agent – under the cover, and that’s pushing it, of a startling lime green bikini – sent to recover an atomic device from those pesky commies. Unusually for an unashamed Hollywood star vehicle, it is lent some decidedly eccentric ‘Brit’ touches by the deployment of a brass-blaring Johnny Dankworth soundtrack and, somewhat more jarringly, by the presence of a very young Richard Briers as an unlikely ‘handsome’ male sidekick.

TV CREAM SAYS: EVEN WHEN SHE PUTS SOME CLOTHES ON, A BULL THREATENS TO RIP THEM OFF STRAIGHT AWAY

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4 Responses to “Fathom”

  1. Great Bustard says:

    Worth mentioning too the great Clive “Funny, I thought I was in The Empire Strikes Back” Revill as a very strange villain, with a monocle and a ten degrees lower than normal body temperature. He must have been boiling in that Spanish heat all wrapped up like that.

  2. johnnyboy says:

    “Hey, Richard! I’m up here!”

    “I’ve made my choice.”

  3. Arthur Nibble says:

    Raquel Welch? Felicity Kendal? That Richard Briers has had a tough life, hasn’t he?

  4. johnnyboy says:

    It’s on tv (film 4) Sun 19th. Might try and watch them, ….er, it.

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