There’s something about being a Secret Agent that people just love.
Danger, excitement, fast cars, alcoholic beverages, smooching and of course, being able to dress really, really well.
You come out of a James Bond movie wanting to get the girl and have someone place a martini in your hand.
That’s the sign of a good Secret Agent movie.
Secret Agent Fireball is not a good Secret Agent movie.
It’s a Bad To Mediocre secret agent movie.
It’s an Italian movie that wants to be a James Bond movie, but without the acting, writing, directing, stunt work or even intellectual property to do so.
You will come out of this movie wanting to cry on the shoulder of a stranger, just for the comfort, then have your girlfriend break up with you and have someone place a lite beer in your hand just to wash away the pain.
Over at the Double O Section, they give Secret Agent Fireball a pretty good review. If you accept Eurospy movies for what they are, they are a very entertaining way to spend a rainy afternoon. They’re just good, goofy fun, and you really can’t expect more from them than that.
…the main character’s name is a clear allusion to James Bond’s creator, so the movie seemingly manages to invoke just about every spy series association possible. Clearly, it’s derivative, but then that’s the point with Eurospy movies. And Secret Agent Fireball actually acquits itself much better than certain others of its ilk. Within the realm of Bondian tropes, it manages an admirable originality as often as it directly rips off 007.
If you have known me for any amount of time, you know that I grew up with James Bond movies and still continue to love the character’s journey as we reach the end of the Daniel Craig era.
There are so many tropes and stereotypes in the secret agent movie genre, and I’d say at least 9 out of 10 came from James Bond and his poorer cousin, the Euro Spy movie.
If you’re looking for Academy Award caliber films, then Euro Spy is not for you, and it’s certainly not for the faint of heart.
But, if you are looking for secret agents, femme fatales, evil super geniuses, car chases, boat chases, helicopter chases (wait until you see the one in this film!), and maybe some sharks, tigers, snakes and other wild things, then Euro Spy is for you.
If you would like a great book on Euro Spy, you cannot do better than “The Euro Spy Guide”.
It is exhaustive, complete and fun to read.
If you purchase it through the above link, the site gets a few pennies (literally) and you help support the show.
Secret Agent Fleming himself, Richard Harrison, also over at Wikipedia. Damn! That guy was BUSY!
Support the show and buy a copy of “The Eurospy Guide” paperback over at amazon. It’s on my bookshelf!
I am very grateful to be able to use the music and sound effects of so many wonderful creators.
You can find a list of all music used, and all sound effects used, and links, here, on our Credits page.
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