The master thief Diabolik is a comic book creation by sisters Angela and Luciana Giussani that started back in 1962 and has been in syndication in one form or another ever since. It has even had an animated series and a video game based on it. But in 1968, producer Dino De Laurentiis hired visionary director Mario Bava to bring Diabolik to life in a big budget feature film. Funnily enough Mario Bava is a notoriously economical filmmaker and makes the lowest budget film look gorgeous, so although Dino De Laurentiis gave Bava a $3 million dollar budget he still only spent $400,000 yet the result were as spectacular as if he had spent the whole $3 million.
Mario Bava is very careful with his money.
Later the authorities try to catch him as he tools down the coast road in his black Jaguar but are fooled when he meets up with his partner and love of his life Eva Kant (Marisa Mell) and switches to her white Jag while in a mountain tunnel. He remotely sends his black Jag out of the tunnel and off a cliff.
Diabolik and Eva retreat to his underground lair and my god it’s a place that would make Batman and most Bond villains jealous.
It has a cool secret entrance.
A psychedelic underground tunnel.
Leading to the most amazing cavern hideout.
Followed by great sex on a rotating bed covered in stolen millions.
Diabolik is more in danger of being sued by the Joker than anything else.
Valmont has severe severance packages.
What part of “world’s greatest thief” do these guys not understand?
Who is going to come out on top here is never really in question.
Tyler Durden totally ripped off Diabolik.
Twenty tons of gold is more buoyant than you’d think.
Will Diabolik return?
Though it’s structure may be flawed I had too much fun watching John Phillip Law and Marisa Mell cavort from one escapade to another to care. The only real question is, “Who is prettier, Diabolik or Eva?”