The Assassination Bureau has existed for decades (perhaps centuries) until Diana Rigg begins to investigate it. The high moral standing of the Bureau (only killing those who deserve it) is ...
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The Assassination Bureau has existed for decades (perhaps centuries) until Diana Rigg begins to investigate it. The high moral standing of the Bureau (only killing those who deserve it) is called into question by her. She puts out a contract for the Bureau to assassinate its leader on the eve of World War I. Written by
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In the Sixties English actor Patrick MacNee successfully played male lead John Steed in the Avengers TV-series. During these years MacNee had a number of successive female partners, of whom Diana Rigg became by far the most famous.
Even more so, Rigg's acting provided the Avengers with immortality. In particular in 1965, when this TV-series were at their most inspirational.
Diana Rigg also stars in 'The Assassination Bureau', more or less copying her famous Avengers-role of Emma Peel. 'Assassination' itself also shows great similarities with the great TV-series: bizarre, with a surrealistic touch. Humorous. Quite a speedy plot, with sharp turns. Dealing with ingenious crime, and using a fair amount of violence.
The differences with the Avengers are only minor: MacNee is replaced by Oliver Reed, and 'Assassination' is set in the past. In the turbulent year of 1914, to be precise
'The Assassination Bureau' makes a good and enjoyable watch. Which is no wonder, for it cashes in on the Avengers-success. Copying its formula, and using Diana Rigg as a prime asset to do so.
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