Simon Grant (Gene Barry, late of Burke’s Law) is a cigar-smoking lounge lizard smoothie who women cannot resist – despite the fact he’s clearly twenty years older than most of them.
As the film opens, Grant is doing his best Milk Tray Man impression in Morocco to steal some expensive jewellery owned by sexy Louise Henderson (Cyd Charisse), the editor of a top fashion magazine. When she returns unexpectedly, our hero is forced to hide and watch her take a shower . . .
Henderson’s frequent trips abroad are the perfect front for her jewel smuggling operation, and Grant is, in fact, an undercover agent, working with local police chief Inspector Barrada (Denholm Elliott) to catch her red-handed. He pretends to be a safecracker to infiltrate her gang.
Fashion photographer Raymond Lowe (Leslie Phillips, who also co-produced the film) is surrounded by a gaggle of gorgeous models (Elsa Martinelli, Tracy Reed, Angela Douglas, Maggie London and Penny Riley).
He’s also a nasty posh bastard who thinks nothing of terrorising and killing an old man in a wheelchair (Eric Barker – who was indeed paralysed down one side following a stroke – in his final role).
The theme tune – composed by Kenneth V Jones – provided a chart hit for The Shadows.