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 Posted:   Aug 30, 2008 - 2:54 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Ally, you're in for a treat with the films; they're hardly the apex of subtlety (and, where the third one is concerned, taste) but they're enormous fun and have a (dare we say it) innocence all but missing in the overly dark and heavy fantasy franchises which abound nowadays.


That's exactly what I'm counting on. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 30, 2008 - 11:26 PM   
 By:   quiller007   (Member)

Ally, you're in for a treat with the films; they're hardly the apex of subtlety (and, where the third one is concerned, taste) but they're enormous fun and have a (dare we say it) innocence all but missing in the overly dark and heavy fantasy franchises which abound nowadays.


That's exactly what I'm counting on. smile



Neo is right. Pay no attention to the
naysayers of Helmdom! I recently purchased
the 4 film dvd set, and watched them all
in two nights. Sassy, sexy, colorful fun!
My favorite "Gal Friday": Lovey Kravezit
playfully played by ultra-yummy Beverly
Adams (aka ex-Mrs. Vidal Sassoon). She
gives Miss Moneypenny a run for her money!

Den

 
 Posted:   Aug 30, 2008 - 11:29 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

the first in the series is watchable.
after that ......frown

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2008 - 6:40 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Lovey Kravezit playfully played by ultra-yummy Beverly Adams (aka ex-Mrs. Vidal Sassoon). She
gives Miss Moneypenny a run for her money!


Ultimate Ultra-Lois Lovers that we are, Quill-ster,



somehow we have a sneaky suspicion amounting to an almost outright certainty even HooRaq ain't gonna disagree with your distinguished assessment! smile



O Yu Lovey ... big grin

 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2008 - 6:47 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Personally I thought Beverly looked better with the red wig in one of the Frankie-Annette beach movies she did.

 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2008 - 10:31 AM   
 By:   TheSaint   (Member)

Gila plugging Flint's release on the live broadcast of the Tonight Show, 12/31/65. (Other guests that night, Criswell, Woody Allen, opera singer William Walker, and last minute appearance by Mimi Hines and Phil Ford coming straight from a performance of "Funny Girl")

Jesus Christ Eric, your video/dvd collection must be sick!

 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2008 - 10:38 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

I would prefer to describe the state of my vast archive as very robust and healthy. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 16, 2008 - 7:24 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



An Impossible Task Whose Challenge She



Was More Than Up For
Department:



Talk about an Impossible Mission – that was the daunting obstacle Sharon Tate triumphantly overcame in the final Matt Helm-er. Since sizzlingly sultry Stella Stevens had set such a Himalayan peak of slapstick humor in “The Silencers”, they essentially rewrote her role and recast it with Miss Tate, who heretofore had shown little aptitude for any comedic talent as opposed to her more worldly attributes.



However, she converted that obstacle into a memorable opportunity



by imbuing her Freya Carlson with a bumbling beauty and endearing essence



that not only held her own with her leading man





but even overshadowed and stole the scene away from her other co-stars, as well.



She looks absolutely GOR-geous in those swingin’ 60s get-ups, throws herself without reservation into the action sequences – even to the point of getting dunked in an outdoor waterway – without besmirching either her beauty or dignity (with no help - and even less credit - from director Phil Karlson in that some of his set-ups are so overtly sexist it’s practically impossible to ignore - unlike this one).



Had she not met her untimely cruel murderous demise, this film might’ve opened up an entirely new avenue for her to explore which would’ve ensured a longetivity to her career well above and beyond merely the sex kitten casting cul-de-sac.



RIP, O Ravishing One.





... frown frown frown

 
 Posted:   Oct 16, 2008 - 10:12 AM   
 By:   TheSaint   (Member)



Man, she looked great in that black wig!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 17, 2009 - 4:41 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



Brilliantly Belated Conclusion of our Sharon Tate Appreciation Department:



Her charming finale



is second only to



Stella Stevens’ unmatchable outing in the first Helm-er



smile smile smile


 
 
 Posted:   Nov 18, 2009 - 6:33 AM   
 By:   william 711   (Member)

i might be the only person in the world that liked them and the music to them as well the only one i have a soundtrack to is THE SILENCERS on LP sorry frank........

 
 Posted:   Nov 18, 2009 - 9:02 AM   
 By:   Freejack   (Member)


Not widely known is THE WRECKING CREW’s fight sequences were choreographed by none other than Bruce Lee.





--

Just had to throw in my two cents about Wrecking Crew.

Yup Bruce Lee choreographed the fights and noneother than Chuck Norris
made his acting debut in this 1969 film (4 years before Way of the Dragon).

At 6:52 he trows his famous roundhousekick on Dean Martin but looses...razz



On a sidenote I agree with all of yall, Sharon Tate looks absolute gorgeous...


 
 Posted:   Nov 18, 2009 - 5:35 PM   
 By:   TheSaint   (Member)

i might be the only person in the world that liked them and the music to them as well the only one i have a soundtrack to is THE SILENCERS on LP sorry frank........

I've got the LP to The Silencers, Murderers Row, and Dean Martin Sings the Songs of The Silencers.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2009 - 9:55 AM   
 By:   suburbanite   (Member)

I found it interesting that so many of the villainesses or 'henchwomen,' if you will, were foreign-born. Camilla Sparv, Nancy Kwan, Elke Sommer, Senta Berger, Daliah Lavi. With this in mind, it's too bad Joan Collins wasn't offered a role. I think she would have fit in well. Although perhaps being an Englishwoman wasn't 'foreign enough.'

Oh, and I agree with Eric. Nancy Kovack > Stella Stevens.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2009 - 3:41 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



Wen Yu-Rang Department:





This Helm finale kinda outdid itself with the fetching female foursome it spotlighted (as the series itself
regained some momentum after the atrocious debacle which preceded it).

Case in attractive point …





As second-string bad girl, she wasn’t given quite as short a screen-time as Nancy Kovack in the first one,



yet she still emanated a casual charm and grounded grace



that stood her in attractive stead.



Then we come to



(nope, wrong show, sorry)



As "that wise wicked gypsy" Lola Medina, her job was to entice Mrs. Helm’s Matthias to engage in a
little revenge (remember that one about a woman spurned?) for being dumped by the baddie.



It’s a helluva explosive sequence and one’s sorry Ms. Louise wasn’t able to stick around longer, tho
she does make the most of her, um, exposure in a bevy of eye-catching outfits.



Definitely to be continued. Matt Helm will be back –



oh, wait, that tag-line’s already trademarked for EONs wink

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2009 - 11:13 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Some Berlin Beauties Sure Know How To Make An Entrance Department:



Yepper, there was a reason Elke Sommer had first billing among her other female co-stars.



And it was a sorta reunion since she’d previously appeared opposite Nigel Green in



However, as Count Contini’s (Mr. Green) main squeeze, luscious Linka



had an assignment short on thespic distinction



but long on, shall we say, visual allure.



Unfortunately, all good things haveta come to an end



(not quite a Faye Dunaway appreciation but), yet there’s no denying she was sure a striking, ah, asset to have around.



Which was why



Coming Up Next:



Yeah, right into the beyond-embarrassing bottomless nadir roll eyes

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 1, 2010 - 1:28 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Okay, This Ain’t the Worst Flick of All Time But –



It’s Definitely on the Top 100 Most Abysmal Ones Ever Made
Department:





There’s scarcely even the pretense of anything other than a professional holiday where Dino’s concerned
(especially financially, since he was savvy enuff to make himself a partner from the beginning –
take that, Sean!)



Aside from a seemingly endless array of the most utterly tasteless visual sex (non) puns imaginable,



the only saving graces are his co-stars, starting with delectable Senta Berger







You’re not really sure which side she’s on as the film, uh, unwraps



but she’s sure as shootin’ not to be ignored.



And she DOES fill out those mini-skirts with panache, oui?



Alas, this character isn’t smitten by her charms (obvious or otherwise).



Which, in our next installment, brings us to the singular saving grace of the entire ignoble enterprise …

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2010 - 2:14 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

I like Dean Martin, but I've never fancied any of these films, & I've never seen any of them. I suppose I'm a Flint man.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2010 - 5:09 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Hay, no crime committed there, Cim-sker.



Tho, afore you forever judge the series unworthy, we suggest you sample the two bookends director
Phil Karlson,



ah, helmed, the fourth





and, most noteworthy, the never-equalled opening salvo,



which is why we’re savin’ it fer last.



Gee, ain’tcha glad ya asked?

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2010 - 6:44 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

What Am I DOING In This? Department:



Well, aside from the always-picturesque (and sadly under-utilized throughout the series) Beverly Adams







was just about the singular saving grace





in this embarrassment-beyond-embarrassment .



Still, to her considerable credit, Ms. Rule brought a delightfully droll “You’ve gotta be kiddin’ me!”
demeanor to these pallid proceedings.



One comment she made during an interview she did when the film was released said something along
the lines ala “if you can hold your own and stand out in a Matt Helm film opposite Dean Martin, you’re
not doing too badly”.



She did far more than that; she was the only true appetizer in a mismash



that was strictly from hunger.

 
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