GenreAction, Adventure, Comedy ProducerHarry Alan Towers LanguageEnglish
WriterKevin Kavanagh, Sax Rohmer, Harry Alan Towers Release date17 May 1967 (1967-05-17) (US)
3 December 1967 (1967-12-03) (UK) CastGeorge Nader (Agent Nick West), Shirley Eaton (Sumuru), Maria Rohm (Helga Martin), Klaus Kinski (President Boong), Frankie Avalon (Agent Tommy Carter), Wilfrid Hyde-White (Sir Anthony Baisbrook) Similar moviesThe Million Eyes of Sumuru and The Girl from Rio are part of the same movie series
TaglineShe rules a palace of pleasure
The Million Eyes of Sumuru is a 1967 British spy film produced by Harry Alan Towers, directed by Lindsay Shonteff and filmed at the Shaw Brothers studios in Hong Kong. It stars Frankie Avalon and George Nader, with Shirley Eaton as the title character Sumuru. It was based on a series of novels by Sax Rohmer about a megalomaniac femme fatale. The film was released in the USA by American International Pictures on 17 May 1967. In the UK it was released through Warner-Pathé on 3 December, titled simply Sumuru. Shirley Eaton reprised her role as Sumuru in Jess Franco's The Girl from Rio (1970).
Sumuru is a beautiful but evil woman who plans world domination by having her sexy all-female army eliminate male leaders and replace them with her female agents.
Frankie Avalon as Agent Tommy Carter
George Nader as Agent Nick West
Shirley Eaton as Sumuru
Wilfrid Hyde-White as Colonel Sir Anthony Baisbrook
Klaus Kinski as President Boong
Patti Chandler as Louise
Salli Sachse as Mikki
Ursula Rank as Erno
Krista Nell as Zoe
Maria Rohm as Helga Martin
Paul Chang Chungas Inspector Koo
Essie Huang as Kitty
Jon Fong as Colonel Medika
Denise Davreux as Sumuru Guard
Mary Cheng as Sumuru Guard
Jill Hamilton as Sumuru Guard
Lisa Gray as Sumuru Guard
Christine Lok as Sumuru Guard
Margaret Cheung as Sumuru Guard
Louise Lee as Sumuru Guard
In popular culture
The Million Eyes of Sumuru inspired riot grrrl musician Lois Maffeo to adopt Bikini Kill as a band name. She and her friend Margaret Doherty used the name for a one-off performance where they donned faux fur punk cave girl costumes. Tobi Vail liked the name and appropriated it for the iconic punk group after Maffeo settled on the band name Cradle Robbers.
This film was featured in the KTMA season of Mystery Science Theater 3000.