The Venetian Affair (1966) Online
After an American diplomat inexplicably explodes a bomb during an international peace conference in Venice, killing himself and everyone in the room, CIA boss Frank Rosenfeld calls ex-agent Bill Fenner in on the case. Fenner is forced to find his ex-wife and save her from the clutches of both the good guys and the bad guys, while still obtaining the Vaugiroud report and uncovering the bombing conspiracy.
|Complete credited cast:|
|Robert Vaughn||-||Bill Fenner|
|Elke Sommer||-||Sandra Fane|
|Felicia Farr||-||Claire Connor|
|Karlheinz Böhm||-||Robert Wahl (as Karl Boehm)|
|Luciana Paluzzi||-||Giulia Almeranti|
|Boris Karloff||-||Dr. Pierre Vaugiroud|
|Roger C. Carmel||-||Mike Ballard|
|Edward Asner||-||Frank Rosenfeld|
|Joe De Santis||-||Jan Aarvan|
|Wesley Lau||-||Neill Carlson|
This movie was made and released about four years after its source novel of the same name by author 'Helen Macinnes' was first published in 1963. This is the third of four screen adaptations of one of Macinnes' novels. The others are The Salzburg Connection (1972), Above Suspicion (1943) and Assignment in Brittany (1943).
Actor Robert Vaughn was cast in the lead role in this picture by MGM in order to capitalize on his popular Napoleon Solo spy TV character from The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964). This movie is actor Robert Vaughn's only other 60s spy film outside of playing 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E's Napoleon Solo in the series. Since the title of every episode ended with the word 'affair', this film could easily be mistaken for being an U.N.C.L.E. adventure, or for being one of the many theatrical version which were edited together from several episodes (however, none of the U.N.C.L.E. 'movies' used the word 'Affair' in it's title, only the episodes.)
First theatrical feature film directed by Jerry Thorpe. Thorpe mostly worked in television except for this film and Day of the Evil Gun (1968) made and released a year later.
The two movies that Italian actress Luciana Paluzzi starred in straight after the James Bond film Thunderball (1965) were also both spy films, this picture and The One Eyed Soldiers (1967).
Movie writer/producer E. Jack Neuman has an uncredited role as the suicidal American diplomat at the beginning of the film.
Bond director Guy Hamilton was at one stage attached to direct.
Peter Fonda was the original choice for the lead role.
The review of the movie in the weekly Variety, January 11, 1967, gives the running length as 92 minutes.