Lightning Bolt (1966)
aka Operazione Goldman
Genre: Eurospy | Adventure | Sci-Fi
Country: Italy | Spain | Director: Antonio Margheriti
Language: English | Subtitles: None
Aspect ratio: Cinemascope 2.35:1 | Length: 93mn
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Diabolical madman Rether (a deliciously wicked Folco Lulli) sabotages all the U.S. moon-bound rocket launches from his secret underwater lair near Cape Kennedy. It’s up to suave, handsome Lt. Harry Sennet (amiable Anthony Eisley) and sassy’n’sexy Captain Patricia Flanagan (lovely Diana Lorys) to stop the nefarious Rether.

The immense success of the James Bond movies in the 60’s not surprisingly beget a slew of entertainingly campy cheapo cash-in copies. This tongue-in-cheek Italian romp might very well be one of the silliest of the whole lot.

Director Antonio Margheriti and screenwriters J.C. Balcazar and Jose Antonio de la Loma cram this baby with all the right wacky stuff to make this film qualify as an endearingly goofy hoot: we’ve got leering sexism (Sennet’s snide comments about women certainly wouldn’t make him a hit with the feminists), a light, frothy tone, a groovy swinging lounge score by Riz Ortolani, lovably rinky-dink miniatures, dippy sound effects, a bevy of beautiful babes (besides Lorys, there’s also the luscious Luisa Rivelli and the delectable Wandisa Guida), polished widescreen cinematography by Riccardo Pallottini, tacky gimmicks galore (one villainess sports a water pistol that shoots acid!), laughably lousy dubbing, funky pop-art sets (Rether’s underwater lair is very cool), clumsily staged action scenes, and, of course, the inevitable explosive conclusion.

Granted, this movie is complete asinine nonsense, but you can’t be too hard on a flick in which the main bad guy sells beer on the side and puts his enemies in a frozen state of suspended animation. An infectiously inane riot.

Lightning Bolt (1966)