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Strike First Freddy (Slå først Frede!)

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Strike First Freddy
(Slå først Frede!)
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Danish Theatrical Poster
Country DEN.jpg Denmark
Directed by Erik Balling
Release Date 1965
Language Danish
Studio Nordisk Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Frede Hansen Morten Grunwald
Agent Smith Ove Sprogøe
Sonja Essy Persson
Kolick Poul Bundgaard
Dr. Pax Martin Hansen

Strike First Freddy (Slå først Frede!, also released in English as Operation Lovebirds) is a 1965 Danish spy comedy, James Bond spoof, directed by Erik Balling. Frede Hansen (Morten Grunwald), a prank items salesman, is mistaken for a secret service agent and kidnapped by the black leather clad thugs under the command of Kolick (Poul Bundgaard), the enforcer of mysterious Doctor Pax. But when Frede manages to escape, the real secret service Agent Smith (Ove Sprogøe) recruits him. Frede's first mission is to meet beautiful Sonja (Essy Persson), a dancer in a night club in Stockholm, who works for Dr. Pax.

The following weapons were used in the film Strike First Freddy (Slå først Frede!):


Unidentified revolver

During the attempt to kill Frede in the train to Stockholm, one of the Kolick's henchmen holds a revolver. It is seen very briefly.

A man at the left draws a revolver.
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Another view of the revolver.


Frede's Pistol

When Smith (Ove Sprogøe) trains Frede Hansen (Morten Grunwald) for the role of a super agent, he equips Frede with a specially designed pistol that has two muzzles, one standard and another one in the rear of the slide. The pistol can fire from one or another muzzle, forwards or backwards, by switching a small lever to right or left. Smith's long, complicated lecture on how to use the gun makes Frede hesitage before shooting, as he sometimes confuses right and left. The screen gun seems to be a modified toy gun rather than a real weapon.

Smith demonstrates the pistol to Frede.
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A side view.
The second muzzle in the rear of the slide.
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Fred is trying to remember what the position of the switch should be for firing forward or backward.
Frede draws the pistol during the shootout in the night club... and can't figure out how to set the switch.
Frede holds the pistol when he escapes from the villains' base.
Frede with his "special gun" and Agent Smith with a SIG P210 on a promotional image.

SIG P210

Agent Smith (Ove Sprogøe) carries a SIG P210 throughout the movie. P210 pistols are also used by numerous Kolick's henchmen and secret agents.

SIG P210 (1950s Manufacture) - 9x19mm
In the opening scene on the ferry one of Kolick's henchmen holds a SIG P210. The four digit serial number without the prefix letter is a sign of Danish m/49. Strangely, the pistol lacks the serial number on the frame rails.
The grip of the pistol is seen.
The same henchman fires at a secret service agent. The spent brass is seen in the midair.
The second man of the pair from the ferry fires his pistol at the pursuers.
A secret service agent fires at the escaping car of the villains.
Smith fires his pistol during the shootout in the night club.
Smith holds his pistol when he frees captured Frede and Sonja from the van.
Frede with his "special gun" and Agent Smith (at the foreground) with a SIG P210 on a promotional image.

Luger P08

Kolick's henchmen use Luger P08 pistols in several scenes.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Frede accidentally hits a Luger wielding henchman while training with a throwing knife.
A henchman at the right draws a Luger during the attempt to kill Frede in the train.
A henchman aims a barely seen Luger during the shootout in the night club.

FN Model 1906

In the scene in the hotel in Stockholm, Smith finds out that a maid (Anne Mari Lie) carries a pocket pistol, hidden in the stocking. This is an original FN Model 1906 or one of its numerous clones.

FN Model 1906 - 6.35x16mm (.25 ACP)
Smith finds the maid's pistol.
The pistol in Smith's hands.
The maid's pistol is seen on a promotional image.

Submachine Guns

Husqvarna m/37-39

Several of Kolick's henchmen carry Husqvarna m/37-39 submachine guns. Smith (Ove Sprogøe) takes a submachine gun from a guard in a climactic scene on Dr. Pax' island. Only a single item is seen at a time so probably a single prop is reused.

Husqvarna m/37-39 (Swedish variant of the Suomi KP/-31) with 50-round box magazine - 9x19mm Parabellum
The submachine gun leans against the wall behind the henchman.
The barrel of the Husqvarna m/37-39 is seen at the right when Kolick captures Frede and Sonja. The blank firing device protrudes from the muzzle.
A guard in Dr. Pax's underground facility holds a submachine gun at the background.
A guard on the Dr. Pax's island holds a submachine gun.
Smith aims the submachine gun.
Another view of the Husqvarna m/37-39 in Smith's hands.
Agent Smith holds the submachine gun on a promotional image.


Double Barreled Shotgun

A henchman, guarding captured Frede, is armed with a Double Barreled Shotgun.

A shotgun leans against the wall at the right in the villains' secret base.
The shotgun lies on the table in another scene.
A henchman aims the shotgun at Frede.


Carl Gustaf m/41B

A henchman, guarding captured Sonja and Smith, holds a variant of 1896 Swedish Mauser. Judging by the shape of the front sight, this is a Carl Gustaf m/41B, a sniper version adopted after WWII, but without the sniper scope.

For comparison: Carl Gustaf m/1896/11 - 6.5x55mm. The m/41 has a different front sight but otherwise the same.
A henchman holds a rifle at the background. The front sight is seen.
Another view of the rifle.
The bolt is seen.

Unidentified rifles

An unknown gun is seen in hands of a henchman at the background. It is supposed to be some carbine. The sling swivel is seen below the stock.
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What is supposed to be a hunting or sporter rifle is seen in hands of a henchman.

Assault Rifles

Sturmgewehr 44

One more weapon, used by Kolick's henchmen, is a Sturmgewehr 44. Again a single prop is likely reused throughout the movie.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm Kurz
Partially disassembled Sturmgewehr lies on the table in the villains' secret base.
The StG 44 leans against the wall on the villains' base in another scene.
A guard at the left holds an StG 44.
A henchman aims an StG 44 at Smith and Sonja.
Another view of the same scene.
The buttstock is seen.

Machine Guns


Kolick's henchmen use an MG42 in an attempt to assassinate Frede and Sonja.

MG42 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An MG42 is readied to fire.
A view of the barrel.
The henchmen aim the MG42 and the Husqvarna m/37-39 submachine gun (at the left).

Kulspruta M/1936

Three Kulspruta M/1936 machine guns, the Swedish version of the Browning M1917, identified by the spade grips, are deployed on Dr. Pax's island.

Kulspruta M/1936 - 6.5x55mm
One of the machine guns on the coast.
A close-up of the machine gun. The belt is filled with blanks.
Another machine gun on the seaside cliff.
The gunners on guard.

Browning M2HB

Browning M2HBs in M45 Quadmount are also deployed on the island. Dr. Pax's enforcer Kolick (Poul Bundgaard) fires the machine gun in the climactic scene.

Browning M2HBs in M45 Quadmount mounted on M51 Multiple Machine Gun Carriage - .50 BMG
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The guards ready the quad machine gun.
Kolick runs to the machine gun.
He fires at the yacht at the coast.
Fire! More fire!
Abandoned machine gun in the final scene.


FN Model 1903 (Drawing)

During the animated opening credits, a fairly authentic drawing of an FN Model 1903 pistol appears. While the drawing lacks the FN logo on the grips, the medalion for the logo presents (the Swedish version Husqvarna m/1907 has the medalion of different shape, so the drawing is based on the original Belgian pistol).

FN Browning Model 1903 - 9x20mm Browning Long
The credits appear from the muzzle of the FN 1903 pistol.
The pistol is mirrored.

Toy Single Action Army Revolvers

In the opening scene on the ferry, a boy, dressed in Wild West style, carries a pair of toy Single Action Army revolvers.

The boy runs with a pair of toy revolvers.
The boy compets in gunspinning with a villain with a real gun.
The toy revolver in holster.

Gun Posters

Several gun posters are seen in the headquarters of the secret service. The drawings of SIG SG 510 and Heckler & Koch G3 are seen best; there are also the images of some machine guns.

The drawings of SIG SG 510 and Heckler & Koch G3 are seen on the wall.
A photo of two machine guns on tripods is seen at the left. Below is a blueprint of some long gun, and an image of what may be a machine gun on a AA mounting is lower.

The English poster for the release entitled Operation Lovebirds contains fairly good drawings of a Walther PPK and a Smith & Wesson revolver (the latter is mirrored as the magazine release is placed on wrong side of the frame).

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Dr. Pax plans to use six missiles, guided by trained pigeons, to unleash the global war. The missiles, seen in the movie, are real Nike Hercules SAMs (the Danish military supported the filming and even provided the crew with the army training ground for filming large-scale explosions in the final scene).

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