The Wrecking Crew (1969)

Phil Karlson directs Dean Martin, Elke Sommer and Sharon Tate in this Matt Helm spy spoof where Helm has to recover a stolen European gold reserve with the help or hindrance of a clumsy cultural attaché from the Denmark Tourist Board.

So much better than the higher rated Our Man Flint. The stunts are done for real deals, the girls are hotter and more fully formed (in every respect), Helm is a figure of ridicule (a lothario who can’t get it, a protagonist left one step behind the plot). Watched mainly due to its appearance in Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood. I’d say Sommer’s villainess leaves more of an impression than Tate’s good girl but I still watched it barefoot, dutifully, as QT would want it. Dusty larks with a jaunty, swinging score.

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