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Carry on Spying (1964)

 -  Comedy  -  June 1964 (UK)
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A top secret chemical formula has been stolen by STENCH (the Society for the Total Extinction of Non-Conforming Humans), and so Agent Simpkins and his three trainees are hot on the trail, ... See full summary »

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Charles Hawtrey ...
Eric Barker ...
The Chief
Dilys Laye ...
Lila
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Richard Wattis ...
Cobley
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Head Waiter / Doctor Crow - voice
Renee Houston ...
Madame
Jack Taylor ...
Thug
Tom Clegg ...
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A top secret chemical formula has been stolen by STENCH (the Society for the Total Extinction of Non-Conforming Humans), and so Agent Simpkins and his three trainees are hot on the trail, chasing the villains across the world. There are gadgets galore, and disguises are compulsory if the heroes are to win the day from The Fat Man, Dr Milchman and Dr Crow! Written by Simon N. McIntosh-Smith <Simon.N.Smith@cs.cf.ac.uk>

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Cloak And Dagger Operations Exposed. Secret Agent Charlie Bind O.O.O.H! Takes The Lid Off The Funniest Spy Story Of The Year! [Australian Daybill Movie Poster] See more »

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The movie spoofed the Ian Fleming spy and criminal organization acronym, such as SMERSH and SPECTRE from the James Bond films, and UNCLE from the movies and TV series. These acronym spoofs in this picture were BOSH, SNOG, SMUT and STENCH. Their meanings are as follows: BOSH: The British Operational Security Headquarters; SNOG: The Society for the Neutralisation of Germs; SMUT: The Society for the Monopoly of Universal Technology and STENCH: The Society for Total Extinction of Non-Conforming Humans. See more »

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When Crump points out the cherries in their champagne cocktails at the Café Mozart, his and Daphne's cherry sticks vary in position between shots. See more »

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Desmond Simpkins: Oh, Vienna! Lovely! I've always wanted to see Vienna before I die.
The Chief: With a bit of luck, you'll do both.
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Like the first Carry On films – simple and light fun
4 January 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When the evil forces of STENCH strike at a British research laboratory they get away with a top secret chemical formula. With the British agents spread thin across the world, The Chief has very few options open to him to follow up the lead into the mysterious Milchmann who led the attack. The Chief scraps the bottom of the barrel and comes up with Simkins – probably one of his worst agents. Assigning Simkins with a handful of trainee agents – Crump, Honeybutt and Bind – the ragtag band set off to meet up with Agent Carstairs in Vienna.

Despite being made in the mid-sixties this Carry On film has more in common with those made early in the series (Teacher and Sergeant) more than it does with those made around the same time as it (Jack, Cruising, Cowboy). It is not just the black and white that made me think this but also the fact that the humour seems fresher and slicker than the heavy innuendo and crudity of the later films. Others have said this has more in common with Ealing than Carry On – they are wrong, but I can see what they mean because the light spy spoof is very much an early Carry On. The material isn't great though but it does produce easy and obvious comedy and those looking to just to fill a wet Sunday afternoon.

The cast make a big difference even though not all the regulars are present. Williams and Hawtrey are the most fun as both play up their camp characters to good effect – they both get the best lines as well. Windsor is pretty good as she isn't just used as an object. Cribbins was pretty dull I thought but Dale was good value in a small role. Additional support from Barker, Laye and a few others all helps. Overall a Carry On like they first made them; not brilliant but light fun.


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