The Second Great Hammer-Amicus Blogathon – Danger Route (1967)


This is my second of 3 reviews for the The Second Great Hammer-Amicus Blogathon 2019 taking place this weekend  and being hosted by Gill of WeegieMidget and Barry of Cinema Catharsis

Tnx for letting me partake Guys!

“It doesn’t matter what country you work for. If you’re not a member of the ruling class, you’re a sheep.” – Brian Stern

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Jun 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A secret agent ready to retire is sent on one final mission where he must assassinate a Soviet defector in the hands of the CIA.

My Take on it – Last year I chose not to participate in this blogathon because I am not a fan of horror, but both Barry and Gill convinced me that there are enough films to choose from that its possible to find non-horrors and that’s just what I did by choosing three thrillers to watch and review.

This is a film that I chose because the premise sounded interesting yet I quickly discovered that it was a very poor attempt to create a James Bond doppelganger film which was so popular in the 60’s.

The story itself is a mess and gets more and more convoluted as things move along yet they still leave so many plot points unanswered and dangling.

They try too hard here to make things seem unique, but instead its quite easy to lose interest since very little actually makes sense.

The cast of this film is pretty mediocre and even Richard Johnson in the lead role seems too much out of his league .

He fails to pass himself off as a suave and debonair character and all of the actors who have portrayed Bond over the past 60 years do much better jobs with this kind of character than he is able to do.

The action scenes in the film are pretty boring and the way that Johnson’s character seduces the various women he meets is often quite laughable.

Bottom Line – Pretty silly James Bond doppelganger film that doesn’t work at all. The story gets very convoluted and instead of being interesting, it tries much too hard to make things seem unique. The cast is pretty mediocre and Johnson himself fails to be as suave and debonair any of the actors, past and present who have played the Bond character.  The action scenes aren’t thrilling at all and the way her seduces the various women is quite laughable.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  Publicity for this movie declared that the central character Jonas Wilde (played by Richard Johnson) has killed thirty-nine men each with one single blow but six of these were mistakes. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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7 thoughts on “The Second Great Hammer-Amicus Blogathon – Danger Route (1967)

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  2. This one is new to me. It’s too bad this doesn’t sound like anything special. Thanks for enduring this movie, and for participating in our blogathon!

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