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Foreign is a relative term depending on where you are, but Europe was certainly the place to be in the 60's if you were a secret agent. The number of spy films from that period is staggering and the original soundtrack LPs are tough to find (here in the U.S. anyway). Luckily, there has been an explosion of Eurospy soundtrack CDs in the last few years and hopefully, readers will get in touch with info about what's missing.

"Operation Kid Brother" (1967) aka "O. K. Connery", on the Digitmovies label, composed by Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai starred Sean's little brother Neil, and 007 alumnus Daniela Bianchi, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, and Adolfo Celi. It's a goofy, over the top, sometimes Bond-esque score to an Italian spy spoof that's better than most of the Bond flicks after 1969. It includes both the Italian and English versions of the theme (Click on the image to compare the lyrics).

Daniella Bianchi was a busy little spy after From Russia With Love. Besides "Operation Kid Brother", she co-starred in "Slalom" (1965), with a score by Ennio Morricone. Released on a Dagored label CD and later on GDM which may have more music. The Dagored release ran several pieces of music together on each of it's 6 tracks making it difficult to tell.

She was back again with Harold "Oddjob" Sakata in "Baleari Operazione Oro" (1966) (aka "Balearic Caper") by Benedetto Chiglia on a Beat Records CD with some unreleased music they dug up!

...And with Stuart Granger in "Requiem For A Secret Agent" (1967), with a groovy score by Piero Umiliani

...And also in "Troppo Per Vivre" (1967) with a Francesco De Masi score on the Cam label.

Ken (Attack Of The Giant Leeches) Clark starred in a number of euro-spy flicks, often as Dick Maloy, agent 077. A partial score to "Agente 077 Dall'Oriente Con Furore" (1965) by Piero Piccioni is paired with his score to "Missione Morte Molo 83" (1965) (not 077), on this Tsunami CD release.

A full score CD for "Missione Morte Molo 83" (1965) was later released on the Verita Note label and is probably the one you'll want to find.

Agent 077 returned in "Mission Bloody Mary" (1965) with a score by Angelo F. Lavagnino and a main theme by Ennio Morricone on a GDM label CD and...

"Operation Lady Chaplin" (1966) by Bruno Nicolai on the Digitmovies label. Oh, and Agent 077 was joined by who else? Daniella Bianchi (as Lady Chaplin)! Unfortunately, the title theme (performed by Bobby Solo) is lost or destroyed, or sitting in someone's garage, but was at least released on a 45 in Brazil.

One more with Daniella Bianchi - Scacco Internazionale (1968). This time with Tab Hunter as a journalist with good spies and bad spies on his tail. The score by Carlo Rustichelli is on the BEAT label.

A few more Ken Clark films - An EP from "FX-18 Secret Agent" (1964), by Frank Alamo. This was one in a series of five or six FX-18 films. Others were scored by Georges Van Parys and Michel Magne. (Anyone heard these?).

"The Tiffany Memorandum" (1967), has nine tracks included on this CD of Riz Ortolani scores which also has music from Una Sull'altra and Teresa La Ladra and...

"The Fuller Report" (1969) on CD from BEAT Records with a great score by Armando Trovaioli.

"That Man In Istanbul" (1965) starred Horst Bucholst with a nice score by George Garvarentz. On CD on the Harkit label. An alternate version of the love song and one other track (possibly the singles released for this film?) are available on this CD collection of Garvarentz film music.

George Nader starred as FBI agent, Jerry Cotton in a series of German flicks and the wild Peter Thomas music can be found on this 2-CD set, "100% Cotton". Great stuff!

A more recent release, "Jerry Cotton: FBI's Top Man" on the Allscore Media label has 6 unreleased tracks and a couple more from a rare EP. The others are all on the "100% Cotton" soundtrack, but what the hell.

And in case you didn't know, there was a "Jerry Cotton" (2010) movie released in Germany. There is a pop "soundtrack" with pop tunes, an updated "re-mixed" version of the original theme, and 5 tracks from the score. The actual score by Helmut Zerlett & Christoph Zirngibl arrived later. It's a nice action score with nods to the Peter Thomas music and worth tracking down.

Here are a few hard to find French EPs from the OSS 117 films. "OSS 117" (1963), "OSS 117 Mission For A Killer" (1965), and "OSS 117 Terror In Tokyo" (1966) (American Titles) There were about seven films in this series and most of them were composed by Michel Magne. Each EP has 4 or 5 tracks from the film.

All the music from these EPs (and a little more) plus Panic in Bangkok (1964) can be found on this great collection of Magne's music for the OSS 117 series put out by Universal in France.

This 2 CD set of Magne's music has the theme to each of the films mentioned above plus music from "The Deadly Decoy" (1962), "The Great Spy Chase" (1964), and the Fantomas films (A kind of a blue faced Blofeld) along with many other films he scored.

"Niente Rose per OSS 117" (1968) (aka OSS 117 Murder for Sale, OSS 117 - Double Agent, etc.) by Piero Piccioni starred almost Bond John Gavin, Luciana Paluzzi and Curd Jurgens. Hopefully this Beat Records release will lead to more complete OSS-117 scores!

"OSS 117 - Cairo: Nest Of Spies" (2006), is a fantastic send up of the old OSS 117 flicks. The music is just what you'd hope for.

The sequel, "OSS 117: Lost In Rio" (2009) is out, HOWEVER... it's only available as a digital download! No CD. You can find it on iTunes and Amazon (for a couple of bucks less).

Speaking of digital downloads... Carlo Savina's "Secret Agent Fireball" (1965) and Teo Usuelli's "Operation Atlantis" (1965) were released by the Cam label as digital downloads. I miss having a booklet and CD I can actually hold in my hand, but if it gets more music out there and cuts down on the price, so be it.

"Upperseven" (1965) has a nice Bruno Nicolai score with an interesting footnote. The recording of the vocal theme had been lost (of course) so it wasn't included on the soundtrack. However, a great cover version was created using the original instrumental tracks with singer Sabina Montes recreating the vocals. This version is available on the "Our Man In R.O.M.E." Collection, which includes music from several of the Italian spy flicks on this page as well as some Italian crime films.

"Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang" (1967) also by Nicolai is on a Soundtrack Listeners Club CD.

"Agente Speciale LK" (1967) is a sort of cult classic directed by Jess Franco, starring Ray Danton, and also scored by Nicolai. Oddly enough, not long after a first CD was released, this second one appeared on the Dagored label with an additional suite of shorter music cues making it the one to get.

"That Man from Rio" (1964) starring Jean Paul Belmondo in a fun spy farce with a Georges Delerue score on a Kritzerland CD.

Mario Nascimbene's score to "Kiss The Girls And Make Them Die" (1966) on the Avanz label is a tough one to find. The film has Mike Connors playing spy in Rio de Janiero accompanied by lots of bossa nova versions of the film's theme.

"Dick Smart 2.007" (1967) on the Hexacord label has more bongos and bossa novas by Nascimbene. Just what being an Italian spy is all about.

"SPIA SPIONE (1967)" and "Corri Corri Jimmy Logan" (1971) by Bruno Canfora and Italo Greco respectively. (The third score is not from a spy flick). Here's an interesting note: The theme to "Jimmy Logan" is note for note the same as "Run Spy Run" (an original tune) from the Billy Strange LP (and more recent CD) "Secret Agent File" released in '65. "Jimmy Logan" was written in '67. Hmmmmm.

"Operation White Shark" (1966) and "Assassination" (1967) are both good scores by Robby Poitevkin on CD from the GDM label.

"Mark Donen Agente Zeta 7" (1966) (aka "Z7 Operation Rembrandt") by Aldo Piga is on a Beat Records CD.

The spy spoof"Il Magnifico Tony Carrera" (1968) by Gianni Marchetti can be found on the Quartet Label. Apparently this was to be a Roger Moore vehicle after his stint in television's "The Saint".

"Sinfonia Per Due Spie" (1965) (aka "Serenade for Two Spies", also on Beat Records is a fun Francesco De Masi score with Sweeping romantic cues, twists, bossas, and blues to keep your toes tapping.

"IL Vostro Super Agente Flit" (1966) is a Eurospy parody of the Flint films scored by Bruno Canfora on the Digitmovies label.

"Jerry Land- Cacciatore Di Spie" (1966) (aka "Man on a Flying Trapeze"), a spy caper scored by Piero Umiliani can be found on a Beat Label CD.

"Ypotron" (1966) by Nico Fidenco on GDM stars Luis Davila as agent Lemmy Logan. It has a rockin' little score with a theme sung by a group called The Sorrows.

"Black Box Affair (1966)" by Gianni Ferrio on the Digitmovies label covers all the musical bases showing what fun death and danger can be.

"Operation Lotus" (1965) has a tense little score with some nice jazz and bossa novas thrown in by Luis Bacalov on Beat Records

"Spy Today, Die Tomorrow" (1967) by Gianni Marchetti stars Lex Barker as agent Bob Urban (aka Mr. Dynamit). Many musical styles represented and a fun score.

Five tracks from "Ragan" (1967) (AKA Devil's Angel) are included on this CD on the GDM label.

"Matchless" (1966) by Ennio Morricone, Gino Marinuzzi Jr., and possibly Piero Piccioni starred Patrick O'Neal as a spy who could turn invisible. (Why not?) There is a limited edition CD on the Avanz label which is the same as the original LP and a more recent CD on the Legend label that has more and/or different music.

"Spy In Your Eye" (1965) by Riz Ortolani has a mostly dramatic score on a Saimel label CD.

Colpo Maestro Al Servizio Di Sua Maesta Britannica (aka Masterstroke) (1967), which is really a caper film with spies thrown in has a great Francesco De Masi score.

Franco and Ciccio were in a number of Italian spy parodies including one of the Dr. Goldfoot films and this one, "Due Mafiosi Contro Goldginger"(1965) (Not a misprint. Someone was probably trying to avoid a lawsuit) by Piero Umiliani.

"Alphaville" (1965), aka "Dick Tracy On Mars" and "Tarzan Vs. IBM" was an odd film. It had Eddie Constantine as sometimes detective; sometimes spy Lemmy Caution visiting another planet. There are five tracks on this Paul Misraki collection, which I believe are the same as the original French EP. There is also a collectors CD out there for fans with the full title sequence on CD rom, which you can play in your computer.

One of the Cinecitta series of CDs, "Jazz In The Movies" has themes to "Mark Donen Agente Zeta 7" (1966), "Baleari Operazione Oro" (1966), "Intrigo A Los Angeles" (1964), and"F.B.I. Operazione Vipera Gialla" (1966) and possibly some other spy flicks, but my Italian isn't very good. A great collection in any event.

A loungy little jazz theme from Berlino - "Appuntamento Per Le Spie" (1965) (aka Spy In Your Eye) is tucked away on the Salon: Retro Chic CD from Rambling Records.

The George Delerue collection, "Le Polar Selon Georges Delerue" on the Universal label has three tracks from "Pleins Feux Sur Stanislas" (1965) (known as "Killer Spy" in the U.S.)

Several tracks from "Si J'etais Un Espion" (1967) by Serge Gainsbourg can be found on this collection on Universal France.

"Kommissar X Operazione Tres Gatti Gialli" (1966) is a Gino Marinuzzi Jr. score on the Verita Note label to one of the fantastic Kommissar X films. Lots of eastern intrigue flavored music.

Another Kommissar X film, "FBI Operazione Pakistan" (1966) by Francesco de Masi is on a BEAT Records CD. This is the last of the Kommissar X films, but only the second score to be released. Hopefully there are more to come!

The only other Kommissar X goodie I know of is the 45, "I Love You Joe Walker" (1965) performed by Angelina Monti with Bobby Mladen Gutesha and his Orchestra. Only on a hard to find German 45.

Gianni Marchetti's score to "Killer Likes Candy (1968)" starring Kerwin Mathews is on the GDM label with a great driving baseline theme, bossa novas, bongos, twangy guitars,and plenty of zibba-dabba-dooba vocals from I Cantori Moderni.

"FBI Operazione Vipera Gialla" (1966) by Francesco De Masi from Beat Records.

"Superseven Chiama Cairo" (1965) (aka Super Seven Calling Cairo) by Umberto Lenzi on the Beat label is not the most exciting score has a couple of interesting tracks.

Digitmovies release of "New York Chiama Superdrago" (1966) (aka Secret Agent Super Dragon) by Benedetto Ghiglia has all the tracks from the original LP as well as 11 bonus tracks!

hero "Agente X1-7 Operazione Oceano" (1966) by Piero Umiliani has bossas, dinner jazz, and a catchy theme. On a Beat label CD

... "INTRIGO A LOS ANGELES (1964)" (aka "Intrigue in Los Angeles" (with Chet Baker on trumpet!) is mostly upbeat jazz tunes with a few "intrigo" tracks. On a Beat label CD.

"Agguato Sul Bosforo" (1969) (aka Colpo Grosso A Porto Said) on the Beat label with a score by Stelvio Cipriani has some cool spy jazz mixed with some so-so filler tracks

"Operation Poker" (1967) has Piero Piccione's jazzy score to the Roger Brown flick.

Piero Umiliani's score to "Agent 3S3, Massacre Au Soleil" (1966) (aka Agent 3S3: Hunter from the Unknown) is available on the Beat label. This one starred Eurospy fave, George Ardisson and was the sequel to "Agente 3s3: Passaporto Per L'inferno" (1965). It is a limited edition CD in their classical collector release series.

Haven't actually heard this one, but this 7 inch from La Spia Che Viene Dal Mare (1966) has music by Berto Pisano and Nora Orlandi with a vocal by Ella Gaby in Italian.