Fathom (1967)

Directed by: Leslie H. Martinson

Stars: Anthony Franciosa, Raquel Welch, Ronald Fraser

Language: English, French, Spanish (3tracks) | Subtitles: English, Spanish

Country: UK | Dvd

Also known as: Guapa, intrépida y espía, Une nana nommée Fathom

Description: In Europe with a U.S. team, skydiver Fathom Harvill is approached by a Scottish colonel working for a top-secret Western agency. He’s after a vital lost atomic device, and wants her to parachute into a house occupied by some Red Chinese to help get the thing back. Apart from all this there is a predatory continental doctor on his yacht to take account of. Fathom soon realises none of this is as it seems, but can she fathom the truth out?

Review: One of my all-time favorite guilty pleasures…. Terrific spy spoof with tongue-in-cheek dialogue. Breezy in every sense of the word. Everyone’s timing is wonderfully in-synch. Cleo Laine’s husband, Johnny Dankworth provides just the right kind of smirky jazzy score. The entire supporting cast is well-cast and delivers wonderfully. Tony Franciosa makes a perfect leading man for her in his own breezy style. But, Raquel, her array of fun-loving smiles, her bikinis, her attitude, her sparkling eyes, and poppet-like expressions are what makes this movie a guilty-pleasure classic for me. She wiggles, jiggles, plays dumb, acts smart, empathises, exercises, sky-dives, and always but always, smiles. And, dare I say it? What a magnificent body!!!



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