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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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Stylish; Beautiful; Colorful Hilarious and Action-Filled; Classic Satire 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)
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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:Ivan!
Ivan Dragomiloff:Sir Ivan, if you please. Virtue, it seems, has been rewarded.
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Soundtrack:
Life Is a Precious ThingSee more »

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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Stylish; Beautiful; Colorful Hilarious and Action-Filled; Classic Satire, 28 June 2005
Author: silverscreen888

If the awestruck viewer of this lovely, spacious-looking and delightful satire can get past the multiple locales, the elaborate and often-sumptuous style and the sheer colorfulness of the goings-on, there is a solid and interesting plot line under propping the entire gorgeous edifice. Behind the overwhelming "stylishness" that first greets the eyes, and it is a wonderfully varied and colorful production, Jack London's fascinating story of the "assassination bureau" has been updated by writer Robert L. Fish to be an "ethical" idea gone wrong. The basic premise is that the pragmatic and cynical end of the 19th Century with its pseudo-Christian thug-like monarchs, dynasts and empire-builders was unjust to individual victims. because this situation led some to wish the worst offenders removed from their tyrannies and interferences, Ivan Dragomilov's father created the Assassination Baureau, Ltd. However, an instrument designed to remove the worst offending baddies from an imperfect world has now become a murder-for-hire problem. Enter Diana Rigg, who finds out how to hire the Bureau to take a contract on--Ivan Dragomilov, played intelligently by Oliver reed. He accepts the contract, recognizing what his father's "noble instrument" has been allowed to become. The remainder of the film's scenes then feature a long and fascinatingly funny duel between Rigg and Oliver and the bureau's chiefs, against whom Reed has declared war. These stalwarts include stalwarts such as the great Curt Jurgens in Germany, Cilve Revill in Italy, Telly Savals in London and others in Paris and elsewhere. Sweeping scenes such as the French bordello scenes, the German Restaurant duel, the hilarious Italian caper, the flaming-lighter escape on the train trick and others lead to the climactic race to save London from Savalas's explosive plot. The lovely mounting of the production is highlighted by Basil Dearden's wonderful ability with actors, blocking, and camera-work, Art Director Michael Relph's award-level contributions, magnificent costumes luminous lighting and many other achievements. Many other actors including Beryl Reed, Philippe Noiret and pretty Annabella Incontrera contributed; Ron Grainer's music is a great asset also. But I believe what sets this satirical thriller apart is its realistic ethical dimension; the fact that the Age of Empire was an age of evil governments and unethical pretensions by state tsars has not even now been recognized. This long and intensely-diverting film is a beautiful-polished needle that pricks a much-needed hole in the gasbag of public-interest-tyranny's post modernistic pretensions. It is a film that deserves to be laughed with, applauded and considered carefully for its positive sense-of-life and all-around sparkling wit, dialogue and spirit of adventurous fun.

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