The Wrecking Crew

Director: Phil Karlson
Year Released: 1968
Rating: 1.0

After seeing QT's Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood - where Margot Robbie, playing Sharon Tate, goes to the movies to watch herself - I felt compelled to find this Dean Martin-as-a-photographer-slash-spy named Matt Helm vehicle to see if it's any good ... and it certainly is not.  Bond spoofs rarely work out - they incorporate all the elements, like special gadgets, hard drinking, womanizing, sniveling villains, international intrigue, but rarely do they ever blend together properly, and this is no exception.  Tarantino is right that Tate, as Martin's bumbling assistant, is kind of funny here, but those fight scenes and effects are just so terrible, and most of it is ridiculous and tacky, making it a tedious viewing ... that is, unless you're into that sort of thing.