(literally The Magnificent
) is a French movie
released in 1973
, starring Jacqueline Bisset
and Jean-Paul Belmondo
is a slapstick spoof of B-series espionage movies and novels.
François Marlin (Belmondo) is a Jean Bruce
type writer of pulp espionage novels, and about half of the film plays in his imagination, where he is the world-renowned superspy
Bob St Clair. Christine (Jacqueline Bisset) is a sociology student who is interested in the novels, but in the writer's imagination, she is Tatiana, his paramour. Her clear fascination with Bob St Clair, an irrealistic and idealized hero, begins to bother Marlin, who in real life is the very opposite of his creation: a clumsy, frustrated man who barely makes enough money to get by. As a result Marlin begins to sabotage his own hero.
Le Magnifique is also a common nickname for NHL great Mario Lemieux.
In the United Kingdom
, Le Magnifique was titled "How to Destroy the Reputation of the Greatest Secret Agent", and was released as the B-Movie
to the film Doc Savage