Now this is a lot of fun.
Fathom Harvill (Raquel Welch) is a skydiver that's so good that two officials (Ronald Fraser; Richard Briers), ostensibly from our government, enlist her aid in planting a bug on a criminal (Anthony Franciosa) who has stolen a McGuffin called "The Fire Dragon" She's told that the Fire Dragon is a remote control detonator for a hydrogen bomb, and in Cold War America, this cannot fall into the wrong hands. Doing her patriotic duty, Fathom (whose name is an acronym using her rich uncles' initials) plants the bug successfully, and thinks she's done when another lecherous criminal (Clive Revill) steals the Fire Dragon. This begins a domino effect that brings Fathom further and further into a complex tale of double and triple crosses, in which she has no idea who her allies are or how this will all end. In the process, she travels all around Spain and gets to wear several beautiful outfits that highlight her own impressive physique. It's a swinging '60's spy adventure, and a hoot.
But's it's a surprisingly well written story too, with a touch of complexity, and several clever set pieces that all pay off nicely. Fathom faces a bull, escapes a helicoptor, and has an aerial battle, among other things. Once you suspend your disbelief that this girl would let herself get this deep into this plot, everything works out and ties up nicely (with one exception). And it's not even too much of a stretch, because the explanations provided for why she keeps going with it are believable enough. Again, if not for that one slip (which might just be me missing something), and an ending that you can question somewhat, it's a pretty smooth and tight story (no comments from the peanut gallery, please).
And of course, you get what you pay for -- lots of beautiful photography of Raquel Welch. Don't get me wrong, I know that this movie is just an excuse to see Raquel in her prime in various states of dress, and you get that. Like the best exploitation movies, it meets expectations plus something a little extra -- a quality story and exciting locales. Nothing too deep, just the right level of secret agent fare that was popular during this period of film. Like all of the best films of this genre, it's colorful, sexy, and a lot of fun. I really enjoyed it, and for those who are into this era, you'll dig it too, or as they would say back then, "it's a gas."