1966’s The Silencers – A Candidate For Sexiest Credit Sequence Ever!

Dean Martin The Silencers Matt Helm spy movie

The 1960’s was the decade of the spy film thanks to our pal Bond, James Bond. There were countless imitation spy movies that came out in the wake of the popularity of the 007 series. One of them was the Matt Helm films.

Starring Dean Martin, Matt Helm was an American spy spoof of the Bond series. Armed with plenty of gadgets, gorgeous girls and Dino songs popping up throughout his adventures, Matt Helm ended up starring in four films from 1966 to 1969.

Being a Bond fan I had always heard of the Helm films, but never got around to watching them. I always thought Dino was one of thecoolest cats ever (who didn’t), a silly spy spoof is something I’m always up to seeing and the 60’s with the gorgeous girls and theVegas era music for me will never go out of style.

I finally got to watch the first Helm film – The Silencers. I thought it was ok. Dino is certainly the best part in it, but there are some funny gags, really silly gadgets and Dino gets a nice joke in aimed at Frank Sinatra (you’ll just have to see it). It’s certainly not a serious movie, but I don’t think they ever planned it to be. Stella Stevens got on my nerves after awhile though, but I’m certainly planning continuing watching the rest of the films.

For essentially what I thought was a pretty disposable film I probably wouldn’t bother bringing it up or recommending it to anyone, unless your a spy film fanatic. And in that case you ‘ve probably already seen it.

No the reason I bring up this film is because the opening title sequence had my mouth drop and my eyes open.

The Silencers Cyd Charisse opening credit sequence

Dancer Cyd Charisse who is credited as a “guest star” opens the film lip synching the title song performed by Vikki Carr while performing an incredibly sexy strip-tease style dance. I’m so ashamed of myself that I’ve just stumbled onto this sequence now!

I really wish her number went on longer…..

Since the film was released in 1966 there is no nudity, but that doesn’t stop the the number from being one of the sexiest I’ve seen in a long time. It certainly shows how talented Charisse was and how incredibly sexy she could be. She just oozed sex appeal. This was no young innocent girl dancing, but a real woman!

And I don’t say that because she was forty-four years old when she filmed this scene, but because she clearly could just work her thing! I can easily imagine if I had been twelve and seen this I would never have forgotten it!I don’t doubt when the young kids decided to to see this spy film and saw this opening it left quite an impression on them.

As for the film itself…..eh it’s ok. The best thing about it is Dino and Charisse’s opening number. Maybe I’ll like the second Helm film Murderer’s Row a bit more.

As for now The Silencers made me wonder – Why don’t movies have opening credits like this anymore!


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