Three Minutes Later -- A "Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die" Appreciation
|From 1966 Movie Trailer|
Despite its slightly morbid title, Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die is a fun action/comedy. Released 50 years ago today, this 1966 Eurospy film boasts some noteworthy set pieces and studio interiors due to a substantial budget granted by producer Dino De Laurentiis.
Mike Conners (Kelly) and Dorothy Provine (Susan) play an appealing pair of special agents (Kelly is CIA, Susan is MI6) who team up in Rio de Janeiro to thwart the Brazilian Ardonian (played with style by the wonderful Raf Vallone), a wacky, wealthy mad scientist/industrialist who has invented a way to render the Earth sterile so he could repopulate it in his image. Ardonian prepares for this worldwide catastrophe by kidnapping beautiful women and keeping them frozen in a hibernation harem for safe-keeping and breeding stock. Just in the nick of time our agents stop this nefarious scheme with the help of Susan’s chauffer, gadgets galore and lots (and lots) of bananas!
The plot is fantastical, but the exceptional acting keeps the movie grounded, not just with the three leads, but with supporting actors as well. Terry Thomas is well cast as Susan’s high capable butler James, and the sultry Seyna Seyn plays the alluring, capable Chinese spy Wilma Soong!
It was this very dedication that enabled many more to rediscover this movie after many decades. And when a high-tech, damsel-in-distress idea with the working title "Pretty Vacant" was optioned to go to script, there were scenes that paid homage to Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die.
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When Pretty Vacant needed a victim who would be subjected to a fate prettier than death, Wilma Soong’s role in Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die was the obvious inspiration. Right before the film’s climatic scene, Ardonian betrays his Chinese benefactors, cold-heartedly killing all of them except the stunning Soong, as he deems her worthy to be in his new world order. She is then sedated, frozen and moved to cold storage: