Famed sea captain and adventurer Sinbad (John Phillip Law) journeys to the lost continent of Lemuria – accompanied by the deposed Vizier of Marabia (Douglas Wilmer) who hides his scarred features behind a mask, shopkeeper’s son Haroun (Kurt Christian) and pneumatic slave girl, Margiana (Caroline Munro) – to find the fabled Fountain of Destiny.
He is pursued by the dark magician Koura (a very charismatic and sinister Tom Baker, trading his TARDIS and scarf for a turban and a cape) who is determined to restore his failing powers at the fountain.
Koura conjures a number of monsters to block Sinbad’s path, including a tiny, flying harpie, a one-eyed centaur, a ship’s figurehead brought to life and a six-armed statue of the goddess Kali.
The lengthy, incredibly-rendered sword-fight with Kali is, without a doubt, the highlight of the film – it’s the most kinetic creation of special effects titan Ray Harryhausen, imbued with far more locomotion and personality than its hammy human co-stars.
After a desperate struggle, Sinbad succeeds in appointing the right ruler.
John Phillip Law
John David Garfield
Robert Shaw (voice)