Last week I attended the movie premiere of Codename: Diablo! A “girls with guns” action comedy movie by Dre-YS, dubbed the “Russ Meyer of the 21st century”! Being a fan of Russ Myer, Ted V Mikels, Andy Sidaris, I was intrigued by Dre’s work and I had the pleasure of meeting him at the exclusive screening. As a child, Dre loved to play secret agents, inspired by spy spoofs from the 60s and 70s, such as Matt Helm, James Bond, Man From Uncle, The Avengers, James Coburn as Flint movies and Honey West. He loved the wacky, tongue-in-cheek silliness of them all and soon got into the Eurospy genre from the 60s, such as so Lilly 4K, Dolly Fox, and Mary Madison Love, Cazadores de espias, Con licence para matar and Mexican director Rafael Balendon’s catalogue.
One aspect of these movies that appealed greatly to him was that staple of the genre the “femme fatale”! Women that used their sexiness to achieve their objective and complete their mission! Temptress of a thousand Faces, a 1969 Chinese spy film is a particular favorite of his. When asked to name his favourite femme fatale, he listed Margaret Lee, Maura Monti, and Elizabeth Campbell, who appeared in the before mentioned Eurospy films and Lily Ho, who made a series of 60s spy films as Agent 009 in China. During the 80s, he started getting into Russ Meyer when bunking off university lectures to go to the Scala in London when they would run three Russ Meyer films in a row once or twice a month, delighting in their ridiculous plots and other things; Ann Marie, Alaina Capri, and of course Tura Satana! Armed with these influences he decided to try something that had not been done before and mixed action comedy spy spoofs with ridiculously huge boobed girl secret agents for Operation Havoc in 2009, casting Sheyla Hershey, it was internationally well received and was then followed by The Blonde Squad in 2014 and now he’s back with the subject of this post; Codename: Diablo!