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008: Operation Exterminate (1965)

A 008 operazione sterminio (original title)
The British Secret Service sends agent 606 to Cairo to collaborate with an American colleague in searching for a stolen anti-radar device. Arriving in Egypt, he finds that agent A008 is actually an attractive female.

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Umberto Lenzi

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Umberto Lenzi (story), Umberto Lenzi (screenplay) (as Humphrey Humbert) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ingrid Schoeller ... MacDonald, Agent 008
Alberto Lupo Alberto Lupo ... Frank Smith, Agent 606
Dina De Santis Dina De Santis ... Beauty Institute Manager
Ivano Staccioli Ivano Staccioli ... Kemp (as John Heston)
Sal Borgese ... Killer with Black Glove (as Mark Trevor)
Umar El-Hariri Umar El-Hariri ... Captain Yussuf
Ahmed Louxor Ahmed Louxor ... Van Deere
George Wang ... Tanaka
Edoardo Toniolo Edoardo Toniolo ... Secret Service Boss
Nando Angelini Nando Angelini ... American Lieutenant at the Bowling Hall
Fortunato Arena Fortunato Arena ... Kemp's Henchman (as Lucky Arena)
Omar Targoman Omar Targoman
Domenico Ravenna Domenico Ravenna ... Professor Hans Meinz (as Johnny Ravenna)
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The British Secret Service sends agent 606 to Cairo to collaborate with an American colleague in searching for a stolen anti-radar device. Arriving in Egypt, he finds that agent A008 is actually an attractive female.

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Action | Drama

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Country:

Italy | Egypt

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

3 September 1965 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

008: Operation Exterminate See more »

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Romana Film, Copro Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A paradise for those who cater for Egyptian antiquities: a long scene inside the Cairo Museum (since then, much altered), showing in detail the monumental statue of Amenhotep III and Queen Tiye, and several minor statues, one of them close enough to identify a stylized engraving of the Mother Goddess Hathor. Plus a walk around the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx of Giza, with plenty of camels for rent, as the 21st century will never see them again. See more »

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Good Bye to Cairo
Written by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino (as Lavagnino) and Ingrid Schoeller (as Schoeller)
Performed by Ingrid Schoeller (uncredited)
edizione musiali Nazionalmusic Milano
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The first female James Bond?
16 August 2010 | by gridoon2020See all my reviews

Two secret agents join forces in Egypt (and later in Switzerland) to locate & destroy an anti-radar device, and retrieve the plans of its design. One is a British male; the other is an American female. Her code name is 008, and, as the title suggests, she is actually the central hero(ine) of this film, quite atypically for its day. The two agents have an equal partnership, but if anyone is closer to the "sidekick" role, it's the man. Ingrid Schoeller plays what is quite possibly the first attempt of international cinema to create a female James Bond-type character: she is beautiful, curvaceous, sweet, intelligent, armed with gadgets, expert with a gun, and can handle herself in a fight without needing a man to rescue her (as she proves in a daring escape from an enemy-riddled beauty saloon). All this, combined with the lively banter between the two leads and the crazy double-twist ending (the first twist is smart; the second nonsensical!), make "A 008: Operazione Sterminio" one of the most enjoyable Eurospy movies of the period. **1/2 out of 4.


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