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Carry on Spying (1964)

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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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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Here Come Secret Agents O-O-Oh! See more »

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19 June 1964 (UK)  »

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Trivia

This James Bond spoof movie's cinematographer was Alan Hume who would go on later to shoot three Bond films themselves, they being For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983) and A View to a Kill (1985). See more »

Goofs

When Charlie Bind picks up the formula in the Street of a Thousand Artisans, it is clear that the cobbled street upon which it has fallen is made of rubber. The cobble bends with the pressure of Bind's hand. See more »

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[Daphne Honeybutt and Charlie Bind arrive at the villains' secret lair]
Daphne Honeybutt aka Agent Brown Cow: It must be their headquarters!
[Charlie Bind ogles a female technician who is bent over some equipment]
Charlie Bind: Looks more like their hindquarters.
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Followed by Carry on Screaming! (1966) See more »

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TOO LATE
by Alex Alstone and Geoffrey Parsons
Sung by Dilys Laye (uncredited)
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I expected you to be a man... or a woman.
1 July 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The 9th in the Carry On series, and the last to be filmed in black and white, is one of the best. It finds the gang kind of biting the hand that feeds them, Pinewood. The home of James Bond was also the home of the Carry On mob, so with Peter Rogers, Gerald Thomas and Talbot Rothwell spying an opportunity to spoof 007, they did so, whilst also revelling in the chance for some film noir dalliances, notably The Third Man.

The cast is this time headed up by Kenneth Williams, Barbara Windsor (making her Carry On debut), Bernard Cribbins and Charles Hawtrey. They are four less than stellar operatives for British Intelligence tasked with retrieving a top secret formula that has been stolen by STENCH. During their mission they are helped by Carstairs (Jim Dale), and just who or what is the mysterious organisation known as SNOG? Are they friends or in league with the evil Dr. Crow?

Though dotted throughout with some written innuendo, "Spying" is still in touch with the more genial comedy that was evident in the early years - particularly the black and whites. This is good honest comedy, with visual exuberance and witty repartee the order of the day. Watching it now you find it holds up very well, sure it's a bit fruity and nutty, but a freshness exists here and it lets some damn fine actors loose to show their respective skills. It also looks terrific, the noir photography by Alan Hume sparkling.

A prime Carry On movie for those who prefer their Carry On's more knowingly jolly than the later bawdy entries. 9/10


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