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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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Right between the eyes is where it hits you . . . Boysie Oakes is DEADLIER than the most dangerous spy ! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

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

This was the first big spy movie of the 1960s to cast an Australian as its lead secret agent. The movie actually predates the James Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) starring Australian George Lazenby by about four years. See more »

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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 »

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'Boysie' Oakes: Flesh and blood can only stand so much!
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A figure in a coat and hat stumbles through the opening credits. See more »

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You will have to see it yourself to appreciate Rod Taylor's versatile talent
31 August 2017 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

Okay, so The Liquidator could be described by purist fans of the James Bond franchise collection as a compliment to the previous years 1964 release of James Bond's "Goldfinger" right down to having the classy Shirley Bassey singing the introduction score of both films as only Shirley Bassey can.

But The Liquidator does more than an admirable job of standing the test of time over the past 52 years such that Rod Taylor and Jill St. John's performances should always be remembered for being the feature stars of this tongue in cheek ode to the spy genre.

I really enjoyed it and I will be sure to be purchasing a copy of this grand action and fun filled film for my personal viewing pleasure so that I don't have to wait a few more years for TCM to re-run a series of all the Rod Taylor classic films that were box office successes.

Rod Taylor plays something of a combination of a poor man's James Bond who enjoys romancing a variety of beautiful women and even a funnier man's Inspector Clouseau with both charm and candor and a whole lot of gullibility. This film provides for fans of Rod Taylor why this Australian born actor could not be stereotyped as just a leading man, or as a dramatic actor in suspenseful roles as in THE BIRDS, or as a captain of a spaceship or as a cowboy. No, Rod Taylor is much like a chameleon who can change color or acting style as the film requires of him.

Ann-Margret also does an excellent job playing Iris MacIntosh, the administrative assistant to the Colonel Mostyn, played by Trevor Howard. The film is filled to the brim and overflowing with plot, romance, action and most importantly much humor and wit by Rod Taylor.

I liked The Liquidator and I believe you will too. I give this 52 year old film a very strong 8 out of 10 rating and I for one will be sure to be watching it again as this spy genre spoof has held up very well thank you.


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