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The Executioner (1970)

GP  -  Thriller | Drama  -  June 1970 (UK)
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A British intelligence agent must track down a fellow spy suspected of being a double agent.



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Credited cast:
John Shay
Sarah Booth
Polly Bendel
Oskar Homolka ...
Vaughan Jones
Nigel Patrick ...
Colonel Scott
Keith Michell ...
Adam Booth
Philip Crawford
Alexander Scourby ...
Prof. Parker
Ernest Clark ...
Peter Dyneley ...
Gisela Dali ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stefan Gryff ...
Shay Cell Group Surrvior


Explosive international intrigue results when British Intelligence agent John Shay suspects Booth, a colleague, of being a double-agent. Although Shay's superiors warn him against an investigation, he travels to Greece and Turkey in order to check out his suspicions. There, Shay becomes involved with a beautiful woman who was once her lover, and is now Booth's wife. Before long, Shay realizes that he is being used as a Communist pawn, and has fallen into grave danger. Written by alfiehitchie

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Every day he lives, somebody else dies!


Thriller | Drama


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June 1970 (UK)  »

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2.35 : 1
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One of a number of espionage movies that actor Charles Gray made around the mid-late 60s and early 70s. The others were Masquerade (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967) , The Man Outside (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), The File of the Golden Goose (1969) and When Eight Bells Toll (1971), See more »


At the start of the film one of the dead victims lying by the empty swimming pool is startled and moves when the car explodes, with his head and arm moving. See more »


John Shay: I thought you guys used Pentothal.
Balkov: We ran out.
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Referenced in The Oral Generation (1970) See more »

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Ho Hum
5 August 2004 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

Espionage dramas which depend on bureaucratic characters engaged in prolonged conversations rarely make good movies and this is no exception. It's competent but never sparks any real interest and the plot seems a bit muddled.

There are a number of good names in the cast and they do the best they can with pedestrian material. Top billing goes to George Peppard who plays an Englishman but his American accent is explained by saying that he grew up in the United States. He's involved, in a vaguely romantic way, with two different women -- Joan Collins and Judy Geeson -- but not much comes of this. The ads hint at some hot bedroom action between Peppard and Collins but most of these scenes must have been left on the cutting room floor.

Location work in Greece and Istanbul is, like the rest of the movie, strictly routine.

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