A popular British comic strip series served as inspiration for
this light-hearted espionage adventure, which if nothing else certainly
shows the marks of its origins in the mid-1960s. A large departure
for director Joseph Losey, better known for brooding interpretations
of Harold Pinter works (The Servant, Accident), the film is emphatically
bright and colorful, taking on at times a nearly psychedelic feel.
The strangeness is emphasized by the unusual casting, including
Italian star Monica Vitti in her first English-speaking role as
the title character and Dirk Bogarde, playing against type as her
arch-nemesis. Essentially everything is played for its camp value,
including the rather convoluted, James Bond-like plot, which concerns
the hijacking of a shipment of diamonds heading for the Middle East.
Like its mod-era sets and costumes, this unusual, inconsistent effort
is certainly intriguing and attractive, but might seem rather dated
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