Bikini Kill

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews - Dr Gold­foot And The Bikini Ma­chine was orig­i­nally planned as a mu­si­cal – the rea­son Price signed on for it.

re­leased 25 Jan­uary 1965/1966 | PG | Blu-ray/dvd Direc­tors Nor­man Tau­rog/Mario Bava Cast Vin­cent Price, Frankie avalon, Fabian, susan Hart, laura antonelli

In his ’60s pomp James Bond had to con­tend with as many spoofs and knock-offs as bul­lets and sharks. Two of the more lam­en­ta­ble cash-ins found silky hor­ror icon Vin­cent Price slip­ping into a smok­ing jacket to play the di­a­bol­i­cal Dr Gold­foot, a pow­er­crazed sci­en­tist com­mand­ing an army of lethal, gor­geous fem­bots.

The glo­ri­ously named Dr Gold­foot And The Bikini Ma­chine finds the Aladdin-slip­pered mas­ter­mind as­sign­ing his un­der­clad robot army to se­duce and kill the world’s wealth­i­est men. Teen heart­throb Frankie Avalon is Craig Gam­ble, bungling agent 001/2 of SIC (Se­cret In­tel­li­gence Com­mand). With an upbeat high-camp vibe some­where be­tween Get Smart and the Bat­man TV show, it’s a film that never quite de­liv­ers on the deliri­ous mod-era groovi­ness it prom­ises, wast­ing the mighty Price among limp slap­stick and broad bed­room farce.

“Meet the girls with the thermo-nu­clear navels!” cries the poster for truly woe­ful se­quel Dr Gold­foot And The Girl Bombs, an Ital­ian co-pro­duc­tion di­rected, im­prob­a­bly, by Euro-hor­ror mae­stro Mario Bava. Gold­foot’s deadly harem is now tar­get­ing mil­i­tary top brass in a bid to spark World War Three. Re­place­ment hunk Fabian mugs along­side Ital­ian com­edy duo Franco Franchi and Ciccio In­gras­sia (Tommy Cooper and Ron Hitler from Sparks, es­sen­tially) and the whole giddy, las­civ­i­ous mess col­lapses into an ex­tended chase se­quence, like a com­edy sketch with­out the good grace to know when to end.

Price called it his “most dread­ful movie”. But some­where Mike My­ers was tak­ing notes…

Ex­tras A bonus disc fea­tur­ing the 1961 Price film Mas­ter Of The World. Nick Setchfield

Croy­don swim­ming pool: bustling.

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