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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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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)
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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)
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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Runtime:
110 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
Last feature film of Eugene Deckers.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Ivan talks about a revelation similar to that experienced by St Paul in Tarsus. St Paul was originally from Tarsus, but had his famous revelation on the road to Damascus.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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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
When Assassination was mere Amusement, 8 August 2005
Author: Bogmeister from United States

To enjoy and even admire this period piece, set just before the industrial revolution of the 20th century, one has to understand what it is. It's certainly not a parody of James Bond or some off cue thriller; it's high comedy, a farce of magnificent proportions, aided & abetted by fine action. You have to get in on the joke with Oliver Reed, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas and the rest, all obviously enjoying themselves, but not at our expense. Let them amuse you and bemuse you, and you'll have a grand time. By this point, over 35 years after this was filmed, it may be difficult for younger viewers to follow along with Reed and realize when he is winking at them during one of his outrageous pronouncements. He's the head of the organization of the title - it is what you think it is, no pretensions there - its business is killing people, for money. But that is about the only thing which is up front in this picture. Everyone is not who they seem to be, usually having a decent public face and the secret hidden one - the one catering to the less moral side of all of us.

This is probably my favorite Oliver Reed performance. He grabs the role of the debonair gentleman assassin and turns it into uniquely his own. Some of his dry line delivery, particularly when sparring with Rigg, is priceless; my favorite is when they meet and she informs him who she wants killed; he soon demands her reasons, yelling "Is That it? Is That It!?!" Later in the film, she calls him annoying. "I have been told that," he replies, but never have we heard the line spoken that way. He needs to carry the picture, outsmarting and fooling all the other sneaky assassins out for his blood with disguises, role-playing and careless bravado. This is where the picture really shifts into high gear, turning into a duel among a group of master killers who, luckily, do not yet have the advantages of 20th century weaponry. The supporting cast are all terrific, including Savalas as Reed's main nemesis, Jurgens as a German general and Noiret who, besides being an assassin, also runs a brothel (no limits to the French).

The script and dialog are continually witty throughout, many of the lines classic and too numerous to mention here. Again, some of this may be lost on anyone under 30 years old; in a way, this brand of humor can now be termed sophisticated - no gross bodily function joking. It does revolve around death, so a kind of dark farce results, of course - yet it's not morbid. That's probably because most of the victims deserve their ends as presented here; they made their beds, as it were. The dialog is complemented by inventive turns in the plot; there's actually quite a bit of suspense as the story turns & twists here and there, especially during the sequence in Venice, where the order of characters being killed is not as expected. The finale is also suspenseful - you may wonder how Reed will pull it off, stopping an entire zeppelin and its crew. And please keep in mind the special FX are over 35 years old, as well. Just glorious stuff.

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