The Silencers (1966) is a quintessential 1960’s spy spoof, directed by Phil Karlson. It is the first (and best) of four colourful Matt Helm features, with debonair ‘Rat Pack’ member Dean Martin cleverly cast as author Donald Hamilton’s womanising smoothie, the Man from ICE (Intelligence Counter Espioage). The attitudes may have dated — this is very much of its time — but the women continue to delight, especially Stella Stevens (Gail) as a divine klutz. Also making an impact are former Miss Israel Daliah Lavi (Tina aka ‘Cowboy’) and one-time MGM siren Cyd Charisse, whose title song is a highlight.
Helm is coaxed out of semi-retirement by an attractive ex-partner. It seems that the evil Big ‘O’ organization has a nefarious plan called “Operation: Fallout.” If this plan comes to fruition, Big ‘O’ will explode an atomic bomb over Alamagordo, NM, and start WWIII. Only Matt Helm can stop them.

The name “Tung-Tze” means “to rule” in Chinese.

Although one of the greatest female dancers in the history of the movie musical, Cyd Charisse singing in films was almost always dubbed. A young Vikki Carr performed her singing in The Silencers (1966).

About H. P. Lovelace

Pen name: Howard Phillips Lovelace (H. P. are my real initials, you guess my real name); DOB: March 27, 1990; Sex: Yes - Thank You!!!; Gender: Female; Preference: bi - interested in men and women; Fetish: S&M, B&D, H&D, "regular" sex (not a fetish unless you're bent, but included for completeness); Straight: cunnilingus, felitio, anal, vaginal (any position); Current City: Saint Louis, Missouri USA; Hometown: Eastbourne, East Sussex (left there when I was three, so don't expect the Queen's English); Blog:; Tidbit: I love cats (I tolerate dogs); Author of hardcore Vampire Noir in the tradition of Nancy Collins’ "Sonja Blue" novels: adult content, explicit sex and violence. If you’re looking for something in the vein of Anne Rice or Bram Stoker; the reading material is also gothic, erotic, and religious-themed. And, yes, there are overtones of H. P. Lovecraft and his Old Ones. Humor too. Thanks for looking.
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