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Hammerhead (1968)

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An American agent has tracked down the stronghold of an evil criminal mastermind, determined to take over the world (what, another one ?).



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Hood
Sue Trenton
Andreas / Sir Richard
Beverly Adams ...
Patrick Cargill ...
Patrick Holt ...
William Mervyn ...
Walter Perrin
Douglas Wilmer ...
Pietro Vendriani
Miss Hull
Kenneth Cope ...
Lady Calvert
Jack Woolgar ...
Tookey Tate
Joseph Fürst ...
Count Ortega


Hammerhead is a dangerous international criminal suspected by British Intelligence of trying to steal NATO defense secrets. In desperation, a young, charming soldier of fortune is called in to match wits and guts in man-to-man combat with Hammerhead. His name is Charles Hood and he operates in London (the wilder parts) and moves on to the Portuguese coast in pursuit of Hammerhead and pursued by pert, kooky London model Sue Trenton. Written by filmfactsman

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Nothing ever hit you like 'Hammerhead'.


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April 1968 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Cabeça de Martelo  »

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1.85 : 1
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Clive Donner was asked to direct this film. See more »


Referenced in Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966) See more »


Written by David Whitaker and Johnny Worth (as John Worsley)
Vocal by Madeline Bell
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Hammerhead is one of the better spy films of the 60's post-Bond explosion.
14 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Hammerhead" fit very nicely into the 60's/70's explosion of spy flicks which were rushed into theaters following the success of James Bond. It was less humorous and over-the-top than either the Matt Helm or Derek Flint series, but less dark than the Harry Palmer films. It was a solid blend of humor and action and stands as one of the best productions of the era.

Vince Edwards did quite a very respectable job as Charles Hood, handling himself exceptionally well in the action sequences, making a credible two-fisted action hero. Peter Vaughn was excellent as the eccentric title villain and I have a memory of a very well done chase sequence with Edwards and a motorcycle that sticks in my mind. Judy Geeson as Hood's romantic interest, while cute and 60's groovy, was incredibly weak and was the film's major drawback, much like a large number of the Bond Girls of the Roger Moore era.

"Hammerhead" was based on the Charles Hood spy novel by Steven Coulter, writing as James Mayo. Coulter/Mayo was a friend and contemporary of Ian Fleming and even helped Fleming with the background material for CASINO ROYALE. Coulter finished five spy novels in the Hood series. They are actually quite good and it's a shame that Irving Allen only made one Charles Hood film. I recommend the novels as well if you can find any of them in print anymore.

I saw "Hammerhead" in the theater when it was first released and then remember seeing an edited version on TV some time later. Although it's been a very long time since I've seen "Hammerhead", I have very fond memories of it and would love to see a DVD release of it in the future.

I recommend "Hammerhead" as one of the better spy adventures of the 60's.

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