/ Blondy / Vortex (1976)
Rod Taylor plays Christopher Tauling, a U.N. official in this political
conspiracy piece that was filmed in Paris in September 1975.
Tauling is leading an effort to warn the authorities worldwide that a
bacterial weapon is at the ready to wipe out most of mankind. But Tauling
and the plot line about biological terror wind up being secondary to other
While Tauling is away trying to advance his cause, his bizarre-looking,
orange-haired waif of a wife, Patrice (Catherine Jourdan), is lured into
a sadomasochistic affair with a young man, who nicknames her "Blondy."
The affair was engineered by a friend, Mitta (Bibi Andersson), who is not
what she appears. Tauling winds up murdered, and an investigation ensues
that reveals the killing's political motivations.
In a 1976 interview, Taylor referred to this film as "a dog."
Biographer Stephen Vagg agrees, saying that "Blondy" "stands
comfortably as the worst film Rod ever made."
Vagg writes that the
director, Sergio Gobbi, typically made "gangster movies, comedies
and soft-core porn" and he was looking to break into the
international market with this film. However, when the
movie premiered in France, it was panned by local
In "Rod Taylor: An Aussie in
Hollywood," Vagg notes that Taylor and Anderson do "competent
jobs, but it is sad to see such good actors in such a miserable