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The Liquidator (1965)

Colonel Mostyn of the British Intelligence Service suspects there is a leak in his department and hires an American expatriate to eliminate various targets working for the Soviets.

Director:

Jack Cardiff

Writers:

John Gardner (novel), Peter Yeldham
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Taylor ... Boysie Oakes
Trevor Howard ... Colonel Mostyn
Jill St. John ... Iris MacIntosh
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... The Chief (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
David Tomlinson ... Quadrant
Akim Tamiroff ... Sheriek
Eric Sykes ... Griffen
Gabriella Licudi ... Corale
John Le Mesurier ... Chekhov
Derek Nimmo Derek Nimmo ... Fly
Jeremy Lloyd ... Male Secretary
Jennifer Jayne ... Janice Benedict
Heller Toren Heller Toren ... Benedict's Assistant
Betty McDowall ... Frances Anne Chandler
Jo Rowbottom Jo Rowbottom ... Betty
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Storyline

Colonel Mostyn is the chief of a section of the British Security Services when they are embarrassed by the number of spies and defections. The Chief tells him to do something about it so he hires Boys Oaks as Agent L - The Liquidator, to assassinate people about to cause trouble. Although Boys likes the cars and the girls that his new position attracts he's not any good at it. He's also got a phobia about flying that makes jetting off to exotic places a bit of an embarrassment. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The Liquidator goes from one hot-bed of intrigue to another! See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A felszámoló See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The title song was sung by Shirley Bassey who had recently sung the title song for the James Bond film Goldfinger (1964). See more »

Goofs

When Frances Ann Chandler gets on the subway car, only the left door closes in a close-up shot before the train starts moving. Then in a longer shot, both doors are closed. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Mostyn: I would like to remind you that life is not all sex and sunlamps. You start serious training tomorrow. Early.
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Crazy Credits

A figure in a coat and hat stumbles through the opening credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

THE LIQUIDATOR
Sung by Shirley Bassey
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Lyrics by Peter Callander
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Bond spoof rates a double-zero...
26 June 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Vapid spy-stuff with tongue-in-check and brain-in-neutral. Rod Taylor (handsome and game, as usual) plays an accidental hero who becomes a secret agent for the British. Begins well (with an amusingly melodramatic Shirley Bassey theme song and clever credits sequence), but film then goes downhill while trying--and failing--to formulate a plot. The funniest line is when Taylor's boss cries out, "They've got us by the short 'n curlies!", which I thought was a little risqué for 1965. Jack Cardiff directs, in his usual impersonal style; he seems to know very little about the spy genre, and approaches the material in a by-the-numbers fashion. Peter Yeldham sketchily adapted John Gardner's book. *1/2 from ****


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