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The Wrecking Crew (1969)
The count has stolen enough gold to cause a financial crisis in the world markets so I.C.E. sends in ace spy Matt Helm to stop him. As Matt works alone, the British send in Freya to aid Matt, but it seems that Freya causes more problems than she solves.
Dean Martin ... Matt Helm
Elke Sommer ... Linka Karensky
Sharon Tate ... Freya Carlson
Nancy Kwan ... Yu-Rang
Nigel Green ... Count Contini
Tina Louise ... Lola Medina
John Larch ... 'Mac' MacDonald
John Brascia ... Karl
Weaver Levy ... Kim
Wilhelm von Homburg ... Gregor
Bill Saito ... Ching
Fuji ... Toki
Pepper Martin ... Frankie
Ted Jordan ... Guard (as Ted H. Jordan)
As I watched this movie I couldn't help smiling. The movie is essentially a spoof of James Bond flicks with super-guy fighting well-equipped villain. Seductive women and ridiculous gadgets are abundant. Some are as cute as they come (I am talking about women here). All are fallible (women). All women fall for our super-guy. He seemed to be bemused by this (who wouldn't). While he conquers one woman after another, he also manages to rescue a few tons of gold from the grip of the above mentioned villain (the later is usually considered to be the main plot - what a preposterous notion). One has to love the irreverent soundtrack. They don't make movies like this anymore. Pity. 9/10.
I suppose the best way to describe a Matt Helm film would be a light and breezy spoof of the James Bond movies. Nothing is very serious and you're sure that everything will work out in the end. Dean Martin plays Matt Helm about as laid back as could be imagined. Instead of a gun, you're more likely to see him with a drink in one hand, a cigarette in the other, a beautiful woman to ogle, and a quick quip. His fights scenes may leave a lot to be desired, but there's no denying his "cool".
The Wrecking Crew is actually one of the better Matt Helm films. The hiding place of the gold is ingenious, the spy gadgets are plentiful, and the women are everywhere. The cast is one of the better assembled for any of these films. Nigel Green and Elke Sommer make a wonderful pair as the distinguished master criminal and the sexy killer (roles very similar to the ones they played in 1966's Deadlier Than the Male). But Sharon Tate really shines as the ditsy Freya Carlson. It's incredibly sad to think that this would be Tate's last role before her brutal murder. She's a joy and a real pleasure to watch.
The mere fact that the movie has Sharon Tate in it is worth sitting through in itself. As the clumsy assistant to Matt Helm (randy old Photographer masquerading as Spy) She has all the laughs. Her entrance falling on her ass in the lobby of the hotel Helm (Dean Martin) is staying in is a genius piece of slap-stick. She demonstrates her comic skills further when she sinks into a very large puddle and steals the film from under the noses of everybody else. The energetic bouncy theme that seems to accompany her everywhere she goes also serves to highlight her brilliance in this movie. Surely no one has been funnier than this since Monroe (also myopic) in 'How to Marry a Millionaire' I have literally wept watching her in this film because with a few more films like this, or rather a few more performances of this calibre Tate would be remembered as a Comic Genius.Nevertheless for this one she is up there with Lombard and Kendall as a gorgeous comic.
# This was the final film in the Matt Helm series. Although plans were afoot for a fifth film ("The Ravagers"), as well as a proposed teaming with Frank Sinatra for "Matt Helm Meets Tony Rome", the poor box-office showing of both "The Wrecking Crew" and Sinatra's second go round as Rome in "Lady In Cement" brought the Matt Helm series to an end.