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Director:
Writers:
Robert L. Fish (novel)
Jack London (unfinished novel)
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Release Date:
April 1969 (France) See more »
Tagline:
Zeppelins. Bombs. Bordellos. Burials. You name it. We have it.
Plot:
The Assassination Bureau has existed for decades (perhaps centuries) until Diana Rigg begins to investigate it... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Odd, Quirky, but Infectious See more (28 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Oliver Reed ... Ivan Dragomiloff

Diana Rigg ... Sonya Winter

Telly Savalas ... Lord Bostwick

Curd Jürgens ... Gen. von Pinck

Philippe Noiret ... Monsieur Lucoville

Warren Mitchell ... Herr Weiss
Beryl Reid ... Madame Otero

Clive Revill ... Cesare Spado
Kenneth Griffith ... Monsieur Popescu

Vernon Dobtcheff ... Baron Muntzof
Annabella Incontrera ... Eleanora Spado
Jess Conrad ... Angelo
George Coulouris ... Swiss Peasant
Ralph Michael ... Editor
Katherine Kath ... Mme. Lucoville
Eugene Deckers ... 'La Belle Amie' desk clerk
Olaf Pooley ... Swiss Cashier
George Murcell ... Zeppelin pilot
Michael Wolf ... Zeppelin officer
Gordon Sterne ... Corporal

Peter Bowles ... Jealous lover at 'La Belle Amie'
William Kendall ... M. Marivaux at 'La Belle Amie'
Jeremy Lloyd ... English Officer
Roger Delgado ... Bureau Member
Maurice Browning ... Bureau Member
Clive Cazes ... Bureau Member
Gerik Schjelderup ... Bureau Member

Milton Reid ... Elevator victim Leonardi

Frank Thornton ... Elevator victim
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maggie Wright ... Exquisite girl
John Abineri ... Police Inspector (uncredited)

Jonathan Adams ... French President (uncredited)
Patrick Allen ... Narrator (uncredited)
Neal Arden ... 'La Belle Amie' Client (uncredited)
Sydney Arnold ... 'La Belle Amie' Client (uncredited)
Pauline Barker ... Nursemaid (uncredited)
Jane Bates ... 'La Belle Amie' Girl (uncredited)
Victor Beaumont ... von Pinck's Aide (uncredited)
Mona Chong ... 'La Belle Amie' Girl (uncredited)
John Crocker ... 'La Belle Amie' Client (uncredited)
Bill Cummings ... Bureau Member (uncredited)
Anthony Dawes ... Assistant Editor (uncredited)
Alicia Deane ... 'La Belle Amie' Girl (uncredited)
Roy Degay ... Tsar (uncredited)
Jim Delaney ... Undertaker (uncredited)
Carmen Dene ... 'La Belle Amie' Girl (uncredited)
Dominique Don ... 'La Belle Amie' Girl (uncredited)
Sally Douglas ... 'La Belle Amie' Girl (uncredited)
Steve Emerson ... Bureau Member (uncredited)
Fred Emney ... Elevator Victim (uncredited)
Felix Felton ... Beer Cellar Proprietor (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Soldier (uncredited)
Ray Ford ... Bureau Member (uncredited)
Michael Gover ... Venice Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Angela Grant ... 'La Belle Amie' Girl (uncredited)
Peter Graves ... Dragomiloff's Butler (uncredited)
Dianne Greaves ... 'La Belle Amie' Girl (uncredited)
Olive Gregg ... Eleanora Spado (voice) (uncredited)
John Hallam ... Bureau Member (uncredited)
Maurice Hedley ... Military Man at Lowe's (uncredited)
John G. Heller ... von Pinck's Aide (uncredited)
Arthur Hewlett ... Counterman at Lowe's (uncredited)
Hubert Hill ... Kaiser (uncredited)
Katharine Holden ... 'La Belle Amie' Girl (uncredited)
Stephen Hubay ... Bureau Member (uncredited)
Malcolm Johns ... Piero (uncredited)
Elizabeth Knight ... Nursemaid (uncredited)
Nita Lorraine ... 'La Belle Amie' Girl (uncredited)
Philip Madoc ... Officer (uncredited)
Terence Maidment ... Bureau Member (uncredited)
Michael Mellinger ... Venice Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Georgina Moon ... Nursemaid (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ... Police Officer with Eleanora (uncredited)
Kevin Stoney ... Blind Beggar (uncredited)
Dermot Tuohy ... Archduke Ferdinand (uncredited)
Colin Vancao ... 'La Belle Amie' Client (uncredited)
Sue Vaughan ... 'La Belle Amie' Girl (uncredited)
Desmond Walter-Ellis ... Equerry (uncredited)
Chris Webb ... Undertaker (uncredited)
Sheree Winton ... 'La Belle Amie' Girl (uncredited)
Karen Young ... 'La Belle Amie' Girl (uncredited)
Raymond Young ... Police Officer with Sonya (uncredited)

Directed by
Basil Dearden 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert L. Fish  novel
Jack London  unfinished novel
Wolf Mankowitz  additional dialogue
Michael Relph  writer

Produced by
Charles Orme .... associate producer
Michael Relph .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ron Grainer 
 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Unsworth 
 
Film Editing by
Teddy Darvas 
 
Casting by
Weston Drury Jr. (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Michael Relph 
 
Art Direction by
Roy Forge Smith  (as Roy Smith)
Frank White 
 
Costume Design by
Beatrice Dawson 
 
Makeup Department
Harry Frampton .... makeup artist
Barbara Ritchie .... hair stylist
Peter Frampton .... makeup assistant (uncredited)
Philip Leakey .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Mibs Parker .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Barrie Melrose .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Peverall .... assistant director
Richard Hoult .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Terry Marcel .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Helen Thomas .... set dresser
Ferdinand Bellan .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Roger Cain .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Dennis Griffin .... property buyer (uncredited)
Wally Hill .... chargehand props (uncredited)
Simon Holland .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Danny Skundric .... propman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... sound recordist
John Dennis .... sound recordist
Dudley Messenger .... sound recordist
John Poyner .... sound editor
Danny Daniel .... boom operator (uncredited)
John Hayward .... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Vivian Temple-Smith .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Les Bowie .... special effects
Thomas Clark .... special effects
 
Stunts
Eddie Stacey .... stunt coordinator
Vic Armstrong .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Cummings .... stunts (uncredited)
Steve Emerson .... stunts (uncredited)
Rick Lester .... stunts (uncredited)
Terence Maidment .... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Chris Webb .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter MacDonald .... camera operator
George Courtney Ward .... still photographer
Martin Body .... assistant camera (uncredited)
John Campbell .... focus puller (uncredited)
Cedric James .... assistant camera (uncredited)
George Stephenson .... clapper loader (uncredited)
John Tythe .... chargehand electrician (uncredited)
Ted Underwood .... camera grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosemary Burrows .... wardrobe supervisor
John Hilling .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Other crew
Susan Dyson .... continuity
Robert Ellis .... titles designer
Rhonda Grogan .... production secretary (uncredited)
 

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110 min
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Trivia:
Last feature film of Eugene Deckers.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In the scene, about 40-45 minutes in, where Lord Bostwick visits General Van Pinck whilst the latter is at fencing practice, you will see a map of Europe on the wall. Although this film ostensibly takes place before World War I, the map is of post-Versailles Europe, c.1925-1939.See more »
Quotes:
Miss Winter:With your ideas, I'm surprised you're shocked at the thought of war.
Ivan Dragomiloff:Not at all. It's purely a matter of business. How can we charge our sort of prices with everybody happily killing each other for a shilling a day?
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Soundtrack:
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Odd, Quirky, but Infectious, 2 August 2004
Author: Ephraim Gadsby from USA

The big selling point of "The Assassination Bureau" is that it was based on an unfinished novel by Jack London -- "Unfinished" being an euphemism for "abandoned". Long after London's death it was finished by a lesser writer and that version is the basis for this movie.

A superb cast, headed by Oliver Reed and Diana Rigg, is underemployed.

Reed plays the chairman of the Assassination Bureau, Ltd. For a price, the bureau will undertake the homicide of deserving victims. Like a Star Chamber court they weigh each case by their own sense of justice.

Rigg, an enterprising journalist, decides to end the bureau by approaching Reed for a hit. Reed accepts, only to discover she wants Reed to assassinate himself. Amused, he accepts. The bureau, he thinks, has become too mercenary, killing whether they've carefully weighed the justice of the murder or not.

Bringing it before the Bureau, Reed suggests they clean house -- either they kill the chairman, or he kills all of them.

And this is just in the first fifteen minutes.

What follows is an episodic cat-and-mouse game and, like all episodic features, some episodes work better than others. The scenes in Switzerland and Vienna, for example, are remarkably uninteresting, while the scenes in Venice show flashes of brilliance. Best scene: Diana Rigg, swathed in only a towel, trying to discover whether there is a bomb in her room, whether it's just a clock, or whether it's altogether her imagination. The most embarrassing is an extended foray in a French bordello.

Scrumptuous turn-of-the-century sets, far better than anything in similar period features like "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", make for great eye-candy. The whole feature plays light-handedly, so its treatment of death never comes off even as black-comedic, as with the superior "The Wrong Box". To accentuate the joking element is the addition of a wacky late-sixties type song about love that makes the Carpenters sound profound.

Silly as it is, and dull as it can be in spots, its high spirit is infectious. How much of it is Jack London, I don't know, but it's a far cry from "The Sea Wolf"

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