The Assassination Bureau [film]
This begins with over-saturated faux nouveau credits, and includes clips from Edwardian newsreels to set certain scenes, which I really liked. The story's as silly as it sounds; Rigg carries it off but I honestly could not see the appeal of Oliver Reed! The late 60s being what they are, there's a good dose of sauce – the Parisian hotel Winter follows Dragomiloff too turns out to be a 'house of assignation', complete with scantily-clad can can dancers, and in Venice there is an extremely glamorous, murderous lady who wears the most fabulous, if anachronistic, costumes in the whole film.
The only thing I really disliked was the character of Baron Muntzof, which I felt played into antisemitic tropes. This could be because the film was based on a unfinished novel by Jack London, written in an earlier era before the damage those tropes could do became so horrifyingly clear. It could be argued that all the non-British characters were stereotypes in a way – the decadent French, the bossy Germans – but noxious antisemitic conspiracy theories still do the rounds today, so seeing Muntzof conspiring with the main villain to take over Europe was jarring to me. It was, however, an extremely small part of the whole thing, and if people aren't aware of those tropes, they won't see the Baron as anything more than a sidekick. I don't know if other people would react to the character as I did.
Even though the one thing I really objected to was a very tiny part of this film, I still don't know if I'd recommend it. It's not funny enough to recommend as a comedy, or suspenseful enough to recommend as an adventure, and the chemistry between Reed and Rigg is lacking so it's not even much of a romance. It's not bad, and will kill 90 minutes nicely – maybe as something to have on while you're doing something else?