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James Tont operazione U.N.O.

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James Tont operazione U.N.O.
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A Spanish film poster.
Directed byBruno Corbucci
Giovanni Grimaldi
Written byGiovanni Grimaldi
Bruno Corbucci
Produced byLuigi Carpentieri
Ermanno Donati
StarringLando Buzzanca
CinematographyAlessandro D'Eva
Raffaele Masciocchi
Music byMarcello Giombini
Release date
1965
CountryFrance/Italy
LanguageItalian

James Tont operazione U.N.O. or Operation Goldsinger is a French/Italian international co-production spy film spoof based on James Bond's Goldfinger.[1] Co-written and co-directed by Bruno Corbucci and Giovanni Grimaldi, the film stars Lando Buzzanca as James Tont Agent 007 12 a parody of James Bond and Loris Gizzi as Erik Goldsinger, a parody of Auric Goldfinger. It was followed by James Tont operazione D.U.E..

Plot

James Tont (from Italian tonto, "dumb"), Agent 007 12 of Her Majesty's Secret Service is sent to Trinidad where he recovers microfilm concealed inside an enemy agent. After performing surgery to remove the microfilm and the enemy agent's inflamed appendix, Tont is ordered to Las Vegas to contact CIA Agent Tristian Rider for further instructions. Prior to meeting Rider, Tont meets music producer Erik Goldsinger, one of the wealthiest men in the world. Seeing that Goldsinger wins at the crap table by using loaded dice, Tont defeats Goldsinger by outcheating him; altering the spots on a die from three to two. Goldsinger if further humiliated when Tont refuses to give him a chance to win back his money. Goldsinger storms off with his Oriental manservant Kayo crushing the loaded dice in his fist and giving Tont the powdered remnants.

Goldsinger's revenge comes soon. Joyce Patterson, one of Goldsinger's singers and female agents seduces Tont, drugs him and attempts to assassinate him by covering him in gold paint that proves non fatal when she fails to cover his body completely. The golden Tont is discovered by Tristian Rider who informs Tont that his mission is to investigate Goldsinger.

Rider sends Tont to New York City to obtain information from Barbara Ray, CIA Agent SOS 112 who is secretly working for Goldsinger as a musical director. To avoid suspicion she tests Tont as a singer by having him sing on a film clip. Listening to Tont's recording in his office, Goldsinger is ready to sign the talented Tont. When viewing the musical film he recognises Tont as the man who defeated him at the gambling tables. Goldsinger becomes enraged that Tont is not dead. He punishes Joyce by sending her to be disciplined in Hong Kong and attempts to assassinate Tont by sending him to a studio that has a lowered ceiling that will crush Tont. Tont is rescued by CIA Agent SOS 117, an intrepid white mouse who is also a ventriloquist.

Tont is dispatched back to London where his chief briefs him on the incomplete details of Operation April Fool/UNO (United Nations Organisation) gathered from the recovered microfilm. Goldsinger is employed by Red China to use his international music corporation to destroy by unknown means the Headquarters of the United Nations in New York in retaliation for Red China being refused entry. Warning Tont that 007 34 will replace him if Tont wastes time or fails, Tont is sent to pursue Goldsinger to his headquarters in Italy to discover his plans to attack the United Nations building. In order to blend in with the population, Tont is given the identity of Giacomino Tontonati and a Fiat 500 D equipped with a multitude of secret weapons and special devices. Tont's third encounter with Goldsinger will affect the entire world.,

Cast

  • Lando Buzzanca as James Tont Agent 007 12 aka Giacomino Tontonati
  • Evi Marandi as Barbara Ray Agent SOS 112
  • Loris Gizzi as Erik Goldsinger
  • George Wang as Kayo
  • Gina Rovere as Narda, Goldsinger's girl
  • Susanna Clemm as Austrina
  • Evi Rigano as Joyce Patterson
  • Walter Maestosi as Tristian Rider
  • Geoffrey Copleston as Secret Service Director (uncredited)
  • Licia Lombardi as Miss Lollypound
  • Marina Morgan (uncredited)
  • Roland Bartrop as "Z" Agent (uncredited)
  • Franco Ressel as a spy in Trinidad
  • Alighiero Noschese
  • Corinne Fontaine
  • Claudio Guarino
  • Bruno Scipioni
  • Mario De Simone

Soundtrack

In addition to the parody of specific plot elements and characters from Goldfinger, the film features a spoof variation of John Barry's Shirley Bassey title song. As part of the plot Tont believes that Goldsinger's messages to initiate his scheme are somehow hidden in popular songs, Tont views film clips featuring Gianni Morandi, Pino Donaggio and Valeria Piaggio.

Reaction

During the height of the James Bond mania in 1965, so many Italian films used "007" that United Artists informed the Italian film industry that only James Bond could be 007, and threatened legal action.[2]

Goldsinger was not given an American theatrical release but it was one of a package of twenty English dubbed Continental European films to be shown on American television from August 1966 by the RKO General and Independent Television Corporation[3] In 1967 an American court ruled in favour of United Artists and Danjaq, the producers of the James Bond 007-film series to prevent RKO from screening James Tont – Operation Goldsinger.[4]

External links

References

  1. ^ Blake, Matt; Deal, David (July 2004). The Eurospy Guide. Luminary Press. pp. 116–117. ISBN 1887664521.
  2. ^ Chapman, James (2000). Licence to Thrill: A Cultural History of the James Bond Films. Columbia University Press. ISBN 9780231120487.
  3. ^ Heffernan, Kevin (25 March 2004). Ghouls, Gimmicks, and Gold: Horror Films and the American Movie Business, 1953–1968. Duke University Press Books. p. 241. ISBN 0822332159.
  4. ^ Anonymous (7 September 1967). "Production Notes". The Film Daily. 131. Wid's Films and Film Folk Incorporated. p. 196.
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