Director: Andre Hunebelle
The story of se dechaine follows secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath AKA OSS 117, as he investigates the recent death of fellow agent Roos who had an unfortunate accident off the shores of Bonifacio, France while scuba diving. Smelling foul play, Hubert flies into the coastal town of
Kerwin Mathews you beautiful bastard, you’ve done it again. Having spent a great deal of his earlier career starring in swashbucklers and fantasy flicks, Mathews steps into the Eurospy light with this fantastic first real Bond-like entry in the OSS 117 series. Bringing all the charm and wit that made him a star in his earlier roles, Mathews really makes the character of Hubert de la Bath come to life. His athletic ability also didn’t hurt his chances on creating an engaging and adventurous disposition for agent
Providing some extra appeal for the film is actress Nadia Sanders who plays the role of Brigitta, one of the surviving members of Roos’ scuba diving team. Her role in the film is rather essential and she provides a good deal of twists and turns that help move the movie along into some interesting avenues. Her beautiful looks and innocent demeanor provide a curious combination for Hubert to contend with and her troubled past is quite revealing when all the chips are laid out on the table at the end of the film. Nadia is a classy actress and her presence in se dechaine is a welcomed one.
While being somewhat of an early bloomer in the post Bond timeline,
There is a slight diversion from the Bond-centric moments during the final portion of the film though. These incidences occur with the group behind the development of the sub detector and their overall involvement in the film. They are hardly present throughout the movie, sparing only passing glimpses into their plans and aspirations for doing what they’re doing. This is slammed even closer to home when we witness the demise of this organization by a suicidal decision to blow up their own laboratory rather then be caught. Hell, when this happens La Bath isn’t even in the same location, he’s off fighting a henchman on a speeding boat. It kind of brings an anticlimactic feel to the film, but luckily the film doesn’t fixate on the diabolical minds behind the sub detector that much in the first place, so in the end it isn’t much of a let down. Aside from that little oddity, se dechaine is a rather accomplished Bond clone that set the right example when it came to establishing the Eurospy genre.
With its black and white photography, se dechaine is a stunner, bringing about a classier depiction of the Eurospy, but still utilizing the intriguing subject matter and whimsical tone that the genre is known for. This is one fun adventure filled mission and luckily this is only the beginning for what would eventually be a rather accomplished Eurospy series.
|Don't fart underwater. The bubbles give you away everytime.|
|La Bath...... Hubert Bonisseur de La... shit just call me OSS 117!|
|OSS 117 flies Air Fance. How fancy.|
|So are you up for a little hanky panky?|
|Where the shit am I?|
|You can't have any pudding if you don't finish your meat!|
|Well hello there sexy.|
|Kramer you diabolical fiend!|
|Well hello there ladies!|
|OSS 117 doing some extreme bird watching. What a card.|
|I see you over there you little pervert!|
|Hello police... I'd like to report an incident of extreme handsomeness.|
|You know you look like a complete moron.|
|Man do I hate scuba diving!|
|Playing cops and robbers is FUN.|
|Now everyone repeat after me. It's fun to stay at the Y.M.C.A.!|
|When you get to Hell, tell them Hubert Bonisseur de La....|
Shit just tell them OSS 117 sent ya.
|Thanks everyone. Hope you enjoyed the movie. See you in the sequel.|