Cinema: Three-in-One Thriller

Backfire. The star of this sleek French melodrama is a Triumph sports convertible. Shipped from Barcelona to Beirut, the car gets past customs but has difficulty getting out of town. Sluggish performance. "I can scarcely shift into high," complains the man at the wheel. The svelte blonde smuggler at his side smiles and tells him why. The Triumph has a $300,000 paint job. Under a surface coat of white, its body is gilded with 300 kilos of solid gold.

Sounds familiar? Blonde, bullion, gilded body. Of course, the criminal Midas who sent the Triumph in for refinishing is Gert Frobe of Goldfinger....

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