June 24, 2024



Of James Bond and other vintage overseas spy movies – Flashback Bollywood

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A ’70s Hindi movie termed Do Bachche Dus Haath with a poster that seems to be like this, and a ‘For the initial time, Junior Mehmood as James Bond’ product sales pitch. What do you do?

Check out it, of program.

Its kitschiness and kookiness apart, the movie tends to make an perception for a total unique motive completely. But far more on that later on.

First issues initial. The MVP of this actioner is its canine star Rexy (King Kong in the movie) who gloriously will make into our checklist of the most heroic canine of Bollywood.

Do Bachche Dus Haath follows the adventures of a wannabe detective Junior Jasoos (Mehmood Junior), who fancies himself as the famous British spy, and his gallant canine King Kong. Alongside one another they appear to the help of a very little lady, Pinky (Parichay‘s Newborn Pinky) in obtaining her parents’ killers. The movie is directed by K Parvez aka Kalpataru finest regarded for his ‘Ghar’ titled films in the Eighties: Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani (1988), Bade Ghar Ki Beti (1989), Ghar Ho To Aisa (1990) amid other individuals.

The trio encounters various gangs of crooks – their bosses are the likes of KN Singh, Prem Nath and NA Ansari, no a lot less – striving to eliminate them. The ten hands in the film’s title and poster refers to these baddies. Even so, our clever boy King Kong foils just about every sinister attempt and rescues his human buddies.

Here’s a swift account of King Kong’s lots of feats:

He finds the path to the killers, will save Pinky and Junior when the goons have left them to die, he even will get an ambulance for his hurt mates. But King Kong really outdoes himself when he sprints together with the villain’s dashing jeep – to which his good friends are tied and are becoming dragged about – chases the baddie out, will take command of the vehicle and succeeds in releasing the duo.

What. A. Legend.

Furthermore, Do Bachche… is not the form of movie in which 1 expects to place interesting bits about foreign cinema: the Eurospy style, Hong Kong cinema’s spy motion pictures etc.

Or possibly the proffering of the film’s Bond-obsessed more mature lead establishes it’s just the kind of film to uncover these connects.

Memmood Junior and canine Rexy in Do Bachche Dus Haath (1972)

The film opens with Junior Jasoos dreaming he’s a Bond-like warm-shot spy operating an essential circumstance only to be woken up abruptly by King Kong’s loud barks. As he berates the puppy for interrupting his dream, we get a glimpse of Junior’s place — stuffed with overseas spy film posters which are as follows:

Berlin, Appointment for the Spies (1965) – It’s the English poster of the Italian Eurospy film Berlino – Appuntamento for every le spie aka Spy in Your Eye for the American viewers. Hollywood noir veteran Dana Andrews performs a US top secret support agent who, unknowingly, allows Russian operatives implant a miniature camera in his prosthetic eye that grants them accessibility to categorised facts. Andrews’ Top secret Agent Z.3 is described as “a Mix greater than a Bond” with “… sexier gals, groovier gimmicks and a great deal additional gall.”

A however from Spy in Your Eye (1965)

The Eurospy genre refers to European espionage films in the Sixties that were affected by Bond movies. Some took inspiration from them, some competed with them whilst some produced spoof versions of them. Hindi cinema, as well, witnessed a flurry of these types of films in the course of that period.

The Saint Towards Agent 001 (1966) – Primarily based on Leslie Charteris’ experience novels, there have been quite a few versions in The Saint sequence of function films. This Eurospy-styled French creation has Jean Marais as the charismatic adventurer/ sleuth Simon Templar aka The Saint. He is tasked with helping an aged good friend who has stirred trouble with both equally the People and the Germans.

Danièle Evenou and Jean Marais in The Saint Lies in Hold out (1966) | Photo: IMDB.com

Originally titled Le Saint Prend L’Affut, the movie is called The Saint Lies in Wait in English whereas the Agent 001 title was made use of for the Italian sector. Trawling the world wide web threw up an Urdu press advertisement for the very same. It mentions the film getting promoted as Khaufnaak Jasoos for the subcontinent viewers.

Asiapol Secret Service (1966) aka Ya zhou mi mi jing tan – Action superstar Jimmy Wang Yu plays a magic formula agent of the Asia Law enforcement Top secret Services in this another Bond-motivated spy thriller. The movie is created by the legendary Shaw Brothers — makers of legendary Hong Kong hits A single-Armed Swordsman (1967) and The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978). Greater part of the reviews of the movie observe its lacklustre imitation on the Bond movie tropes and propose that the Brothers, acknowledged for their martial arts videos, appeared out of depth in offering a spy flick.


Producing about these movies deserves the problem: who in the Do Bachche Dus Haath crew had these types of distinctive flavor in videshi spy cinema.

It’s amazing, is not it?

[Movie posters and screenshots courtesy: IMDB.com | YouTube]

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