The real thing being Jean-Paul Belmondo playing secret agent Josselin Beaumont, sent to Africa to assassinate a dictator. Unfortunately for him, the dictator makes terms with France, and the agency sell him out, leading to his arrest and trial. Unfortunately for the agency, he escapes Africa, and turns up in Paris, looking for revenge.
The cat-and-mouse game consists of Joss trying to kill the dictator, who is visiting France, before his old team at the agency can catch him. The action includes fist fights, gun fights, a fairly awesome carchase and quite a bit of lovemaking - Joss has to drop in on his wife, his lover, and the African dictator's French callgirl.
All in all, a fine action film, but not outstanding. What makes it worth watching are:
- Belmondo being totally cool. That's what he does. He also punches people out with wild abandon and looks great with his shirt off.
- The rest of the cast. The acting seemed to be a cut above the usual.
But nobody could replace Belmondo - I guess they'd have to use Mark Wahlberg, and that wouldn't be the same at all.
In conclusion, the soundtrack is by Ennio Morricone. Unfortunately, it is rather slight and slow for an action picture.