‘THE KARATE KILLERS’
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Find The Four Photos From The Four Daughters Before Randolph Does
‘The Karate Killers’ is the third film in the 3-disc DVD set of ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ movies, although technically it is the sixth in the eight film series in the 1960s. The film was released in 1967.
The film was directed by Barry Shear. ‘The Karate Killers’ is essentially a feature-length movie version of the two-part Season 2 story, ‘The Five Daughters Affair’, that’s from the original ‘U.N.C.L.E.’ series.
This ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ film has got to be one of the zaniest, action-packed films I’ve ever seen. There’s quite a bit of comedy in this film to make the action-packed spy adventure juicy entertaining.
There’s a certain quest theme going on throughout the film. This is because our two main heroes Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin have to find four photos from four daughters of one dead scientist.
In the film, Solo and Kuryakin travel around the globe to track down a secret formula divided into four parts that is in these four photos from the dead scientist’s four daughters. But it’s not very easy.
For one thing, the evil THRUSH agent called Randolph also wants the formula and he’s accompanied by his karate-chopping henchmen. Will Mr. Solo and Mr. Kuryakin get to recover the secret formula?
Robert Vaughn is great to watch as Napoleon Solo. He more or less shares the same action-packed role that Illya Kuryakin has, since he doesn’t have a very major role in driving the film’s plot forward.
But I liked the sense of humour and wit that Solo shares with Kuryakin. This is especially when they try to recover the four photos; have to deal with menacing Randolph and even to escape from a cell.
David McCallum is equally good as Illya Kuryakin in the film. I’m pleased Kuryakin seems to have an equal role in the film, since in the previous instalments he does tend to get sidelined as a character.
I like the camaraderie Kuryakin and Solo form with each other as well as the dead scientist’s true daughter Sandy. The two heroes get to save Sandy when she is being kidnapped and taken to Japan.
Herbert Lom stars as Randolph, the villainous THURSH agent who’s determined to get whatever he wants without mercy. I knew I recognised Herbert Lom. He starred in the 1995 film, ‘The Ladykillers’.
Leo G. Carroll returns as Alexander Waverly, who’s in charge of U.N.C.L.E. As before, Waverly doesn’t have a large amount to do in the film, though he does relay info to our heroes in finding the photos.
Kim Darby stars as Sandy True, the true biological daughter of Dr. Simon True, the scientist who died. Sandy is a willing ally to Solo and Kuryakin as she accompanies them to search the four photos.
The film features Telly Savalas as Count Valeriano De Fanzini and Diane McBain as his wife Contessa Margo De Fanzini. Margo is the first of four of dead Dr. True’s daughters keeping one of the photos.
Jill Ireland (who was married to David McCallum for a time) stars as Imogen Smythe, the second of Dr. True’s daughters who keeps a photo. Imogen gets arrested for indecent exposure with her bikini.
She even attracts the romantic attention of Terry Thomas as the Constable who arrests her. In fact, the Constable and Imogen marry each other by the time the film ends. I wish I was making that up. 🙂
The film also Danielle De Metz as Yvonne, the third daughter of Dr. True’s who keeps a photo. Yvonne later marries Curd Jürgens as Carl von Kessen, her wealthy (and rather mature) boyfriend. 😀
There’s also Jim Boles as Dr. Simon True who dies early; Irene Tsu as Reikko and Joan Crawford as Amanda True, the wife who gets killed early by Randolph. She even had an affair with that villain. 😀
‘The Karate Killers’ is pretty exciting as an ‘U.N.C.L.E.’ film. It can be outlandish at times, but it’s pretty entertaining and enjoyable to watch. It certainly works great as a standalone ‘U.N.C.L.E.’ film.
‘The Karate Killers’ rating – 8/10
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