jpg” alt=”” width=”295″ height=”400″ />Now I unfortunately have to admit a certain degree of unfamiliarity when it comes to the Sinbad series of movies… It is not because they are bad movies, I am actually sure that they are quite good! As matter of fact the one that I just watched, The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad (1973) reminds me an awful lot in the basic structure that the stories were crafted around for the Indiana Jones movies!
What do I mean by that? Well I just mean that the adventure of finding some rare and powerful and extremely old relic, like was the case in this movie, was done in a similar vein to the Indiana Jones movies… But we will get in to that in a moment.
Written by: Brian Clemens (Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter) and Directed by: Gordon Hessler (Skyway To Death). Starring: John Phillip Law (Open Season), Caroline Munro (The Spy Who Loved Me), Tom Baker (Luther), Douglas Wilmer (The Adventure Of Sherlock Holmes Smarter Brother), Martin Shaw (Operation: Daybreak), Kurt Christian (Paper Tiger), Takis Emmanuel (O Katadikos).
The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad tells the tale of how Captain Sinbad (Law) during a particularly vivid dream is awaken during a raging storm that seems to be directing his ship and crew toward land… So Sinbad decides to in that direction toward the grand kingdom of ancient Moravia!
Once they get there, Sinbad is immediately confronted by two separate people on Horse back. The first one, his name is Koura (Baker), who tries to claim that a golden talisman that had been shot out of the clutches of Koura’s weird flying purple monster thing…
When that doesn’t work Sinbad is mobbed from behind by Koura’s assistant, ‘Achmed’ (Emmanuel). Sinbad quickly takes control of the situation grabs a horse and takes off for the grand city of Moravia… Now the closer that Sinbad gets to the city limit, the closer that the royal guard is getting to the gates to stop Koura from making it in!
Once Sinbad makes it in to the city though Koura quickly casts a spell to close the gate and takes off!
Once inside the city though, Sinbad is confronted by the Vizier of the Kingdom of Moravia (Wilmer). Now the Vizier is currently the leader of Moravia as that Kingdom does not appear to have a Sultan to lead that realm…
So when the Vizier approaches Sinbad he requests that Sinbad go protect the talisman around his neck and the one that the Vizier hands him, as well as to go on a quest to find the lost third talisman, and to get them in to the fountain of Destiny, so that Moravia claim the riches that come from the fountain… The only stipulation is that if Koura is also looking for all of this and that if he gets to the fountain first with the three talismans, that the darkness will descend over Moravia!
So now with the race on, Sinbad and his crew, along with guests that include, Margiana (Munro), the Vizier himself as well as a shop boy that he is allowing to sail with him, will race against the clock to reach the fountain of Destiny before Koura and his cronies make it there and darkness reigns supreme!
Now what I like about this movie and what I do truly believe makes this an amazing B movie is a couple of things:
1. This is the first Sinbad movie I have ever seen, and I gotta say that I love it! From the acting that everyone did in the movie, to the story, to even the places they go to! I mean this movie really makes you wanna route for the good guys!
2. I also thought that I would mention that this Golden Scroll award wining movie was the brain child of both Brian Clemens and Ray Harryhausen (Sinbad And The Eye Of The Tiger)!
3. This role helped Tom Baker land the role of Doctor Who during the seasons from 1974 – 1981!
4. I also thought that you guys might find this interesting, but it looks like Christopher Lee at one point was being seriously considered for the role of the evil Koura!
With that said folks, if your looking for an entertaining, action packed fantasy movie to enjoy! Then this is one that you might like to try out! It is a fun one!