Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (1966)

“Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine” (1965) and “Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs” (1966) are spoofs of the early James Bond flicks and, to a lesser degree, the early 60’s beach movies with Avalon & Funicello (mainly because Frankie stars in the first one and it shares the harmless, fun-spirited flare of the beach flicks). They’re innocuous mid-60’s slapstick comedies in the style of “I Dream of Jeanie”, but extended to a full movie. Their main attraction can be found in their titles — the 60’s bikini-clad babes and Vincent price in the title role. Since I love both (and “I Dream of Jeanie”) I figured I’d like these movies way more than I did, but I found them pretty forgettable, not to mention lame. Yes, I know, they’re supposed to be lame, but there’s good lame and bad lame and the two Dr. Goldfoot movies are mediocre lame, verging on bad.

The first movie takes place in San Francisco and the second one in Rome. These locations are highlights in addition to those already mentioned. These movies are also enjoyable as period-pieces as it’s interesting to see the mid-60’s styles, etc.

As far as the women go, I was a little disappointed with the first one in this respect; the second one is much better, not to mention it was directed by Mario Bava (which many insist is his worst film, lol).

At the end of the day, the Dr. Goldfoot movies are throwaway flicks, but they’re worth catching for the highlights noted above, if you’re in the right frame of mind.

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