Fast-moving action-adventure film features Patrick as a mild clerk who has been ogling a famous diamond for 15 years, then decides to steal it (this character and motivation is similar to Alec Guinness' in THE LAVENDER HILL MOB). He commits a murder in order to rob the gem, then is soon
seen as a dapper, dashing man-about-town in various European cities. Palance has been privately hired to track down the diamond and, within minutes, a corps of different folks is after the jewel, including Ekberg, who falsely claims that the diamond belongs to her family. Kelly and Colleano, two
hoodlums, also give chase. The rest of the film is a chase that flies between New York, Madrid, London, and Paris. It predictably ends with Palance winding up with Ekberg, who returns the diamond to the real owners. Along the way, there are some good comic interludes to counterpoint the tension of
the action, which has Patrick, Colleano, and Kelly all dead by film's end. Newley plays a Spanish cab driver with a penchant for pulchritude, and he works his bushy eyebrows for good advantage, providing the best humor of the film, sublimating his usual overacting. So much goes on in the film that
we forget the plot from time to time. There are two songs, "The Man Inside" and "Trudie," neither of which dented the charts. Newley, who was 10 times the songwriter that he was the actor, should have written the tunes. This was Colleano's last movie before dying in a car crash at the age of 34.
Co-producer Broccoli and co-writer Maibaum would team again for many of the "James Bond" movies.
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- Review: Fast-moving action-adventure film features Patrick as a mild clerk who has been ogling a famous diamond for 15 years, then decides to steal it (this character and motivation is similar to Alec Guinness' in THE LAVENDER HILL MOB). He commits a murder in ord… (more)