Dr. No launched more than just the James Bond franchise in 1962. Bondmania inspired studios all over the world to come up with their own secret agent and espionage thrillers, preferably with suave spies, beautiful women, exotic locations, and a rogues gallery of sinister enemy agents and colorful thugs.
Our Man in Marrakesh (1966) combines the spy thriller with the wrong man adventure of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956, the American tourist in Morocco) and North by Northwest (1959, the businessman inadvertently tangled up with international intrigue and a beautiful female spy) and the jaunty tone of Stanley Donen’s Charade (1963). The title itself recalls Our Man in Havana (1959), Carol Reed’s film of Graham Greene’s satire of Cold War intrigue.
While not exactly a spoof, this is as much breezy comic adventure as exotic spy-versus-spy conspiracy. American oil man Andrew Jessel (Tony Randall) arrives in Morocco with a small group of tourists and boards a bus for the city of Marrakesh, where he meets the lovely Kyra Stanovy (Senta Berger), a glamorous woman of indeterminate nationality and formidable talent. When Andrew gets the wrong room key and finds a corpse in the closet, Kyra immediately convinces him to help her hide the corpse and his adventure begins.
Plays on TCM on Wednesday, July 17. This is not on home video in the U.S.