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Carry On Spying (1964)

Carry on Spying (original title)
A top secret chemical formula has been stolen by STENCH (the Society for the Total Extinction of Non-Conforming Humans), and so Agent Simpkins and his three trainees are hot on the trail, ... See full summary »

Director:

Gerald Thomas

Writers:

Talbot Rothwell (original screenplay), Sid Colin (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Williams ... Desmond Simkins
Barbara Windsor ... Daphne Honeybutt
Bernard Cribbins ... Harold Crump
Charles Hawtrey ... Charlie Bind
Eric Barker Eric Barker ... The Chief
Dilys Laye ... Lila
Jim Dale ... Carstairs
Richard Wattis ... Cobley
Eric Pohlmann ... The Fat Man
Victor Maddern ... Milchmann
Judith Furse ... Doctor Crow
John Bluthal ... Head Waiter / Doctor Crow - voice
Renee Houston ... Madame
Jack Taylor Jack Taylor ... Thug
Tom Clegg Tom Clegg ... Doorman
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Storyline

A top secret chemical formula has been stolen by STENCH (the Society for the Total Extinction of Non-Conforming Humans), and so Agent Simpkins and his three trainees are hot on the trail, chasing the villains across the world. There are gadgets galore, and disguises are compulsory if the heroes are to win the day from The Fat Man, Dr Milchman and Dr Crow! Written by Simon N. McIntosh-Smith <Simon.N.Smith@cs.cf.ac.uk>

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Here Come Secret Agents O-O-Oh! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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Details

Official Sites:

Carry On Line

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1964 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Agent Oooh! See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

First ever James Bond spoof movie. See more »

Goofs

When Daphne recites part of the formula, she says it must be kept at -300 degrees Centigrade. This is of course impossible. Nothing can be colder than absolute Zero which is -273.15 degrees Centrigrade. See more »

Quotes

[Simpkins demonstrates how to draw his gun from a holster inside his jacket]
Desmond Simpkins: All ready to get off a slick draw like that.
Daphne Honeybutt aka Agent Brown Cow: Oh, Mr. Simpkins, that was wonderful. I'm sure I'll never get *my* drawers off as slickly as that.
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Alternate Versions

A scene - apparently now lost - shows Agent Bind stopping to feed money into a fruit machine as the other recruits are escaping the fun house. It would seem that all existing prints of "Spying" now fade out just before this occurs but there is anecdotal evidence suggesting that this full version had been shown on British TV at least once during the 70s. See more »

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Soundtracks

"Greenslevees' (uncredited)
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Played by Harold Crump as he charms the snake
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CARRY ON SPYING (Gerald Thomas, 1964) ***
9 February 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This is yet another popular (and good) entry in the "Carry On" series. Like JACK, CLEO and SCREAMING, it's a parody of a current film or fad – in its case the box-office sensation that were the James Bond extravaganzas (in fact, it was the first of innumerable spoofs/imitations of that long-running franchise). Kenneth Williams (complete with funny accent) is more or less at his best here; accompanying him are Barbara Windsor (this proved to be her series debut), Bernard Cribbins, Charles Hawtrey, Dilys Laye (as a femme fatale), Jim Dale (playing the gang's long-suffering contact man) and Eric Barker (as, what else, their superior).

While it cleverly features an androgynous villain (played by Judith Furse and voiced by John Bluthal), the film also lampoons earlier classic British thrillers – such as Hitchcock's 1930s efforts and THE THIRD MAN (1949). The action takes place in a variety of locales from a Viennese café to an Algerian harem; typical espionage elements are the gang's donning of various disguises to follow or elude enemy agents and the perilous train journey. By the way, the villains' headquarters are amusingly accessed via a public convenience – which also pays off with an inspired surreal ending. In a direct nod to the Bond model, we get silly acronyms for the various organizations involved (such as S.T.E.N.C.H., S.M.U.T., S.N.O.G., etc).


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