Belmondo in Bondage: “Le Professionel” (1981)

    leprofessionel     “Le Professionel” is a confused thriller involving French secret agent Joss Beaumont (Belmondo) who finds himself abandoned, tortured and imprisoned in the fictional African nation of Malagawi after being betrayed by his own people who have second thoughts about his orders to assassinate Njala, the country’s dictator. Naturally Beaumont escapes (otherwise it would be a very short film), returns to France and announces to his former bosses that he intends to assassinate Njala during a visit to France, as part of a not completely coherent scheme to exact revenge on his betrayers. Beaumont’s skills are spoken about at great length by his former cohorts, yet we see very little genuine ingenuity at work aside from a great deal of comic mugging by Belmondo, some sub-Bondian quipping and hiding on window ledges.
 
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I've been a puppet, a pirate, a pauper, a poet, a pawn and a king, not necessarily in that order. My first major movie memory was being at the drive-in at about 1 1/2 yrs. old seeing "Sayonara" so I suppose an interest in film was inevitable. (For those scoring at home- good for you- I wasn't driving that evening, so no need to alert authorities.)Writer, critic and confessed spoiler of women, as I have a tendency to forget to put them back in the refrigerator. My apologies.
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