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Deadlier Than the Male (1967)

Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 12 February 1967 (UK)
British agent Bulldog Drummond is assigned to stop a master criminal who uses beautiful women to do his killings.

Director:

Ralph Thomas

Writers:

Jimmy Sangster (screenplay), David D. Osborn (screenplay) (as David Osborn) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Johnson ... Hugh Drummond
Elke Sommer ... Irma Eckman
Sylva Koscina ... Penelope
Nigel Green ... Carl Petersen
Suzanna Leigh ... Grace
Steve Carlson Steve Carlson ... Robert Drummond
Virginia North ... Brenda
Justine Lord Justine Lord ... Miss Ashenden
Leonard Rossiter ... Bridgenorth
Laurence Naismith ... Sir John Bledlow
Zia Mohyeddin ... King Fedra
Lee Montague ... Boxer
Milton Reid ... Chang
Yasuko Nagazumi Yasuko Nagazumi ... Mitsouko
Didi Sydow Didi Sydow ... Anna
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British agent Bulldog Drummond is assigned to stop a master criminal who uses beautiful women to do his killings.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bonecas que Matam See more »

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Production Co:

Greater Films Ltd. See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was based on an original story directly written for the screen and was not based on one of Herman C. McNeile (Sapper)'s 'Bulldog Drummond' novels. See more »

Goofs

Wyngarde's gun is clearly pulled away by a string some time after the harpoon struck the table. See more »

Quotes

Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond: 'Tis rather comical isn't it?
Carl Petersen: What is?
Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond: I mean the whole thing. The girls, the castle, Fu Manchu over there. Even you I suppose.
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Deadlier Than the Male
By John Franz and Scott Walker (as Scott Engel)
Sung by The Walker Brothers
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One of the best movies inspired by the 60's "Bond" craze.
31 December 2004 | by zippgunSee all my reviews

Perhaps the best of the escapist superspy movies spawned by the James Bond phenomenon,"Deadlier than the male" benefits by taking itself more seriously than the leering and campy approach found in,for example,the "Matt Helm" series and the 2 "Derek Flint" films.Richard Johnson-who could well have played James Bond,and would have brought more humanity to the role than any of the actors who played 007 managed,is excellent as Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond(a character featured in a series of books in the 20s and 30s and a number of "b" movies,reborn here as a secret agent for the swinging 60s).Nigel Green is also perfect,as a suave and very dangerous master criminal.The female assassins,played by 60s stunners Elke Sommer and Sylva Koscina,are allowed to be despicably evil,and without any redeeming features(they are as keen to sadistically torture people as they are to kill them),and the sight of the murderous pair in bikinis emerging from the ocean with harpoon guns,should be as iconic as the "Ursula Andress hits the beach" moment in "Dr No".

Unfortunately the sequel to this movie,"Some girls do"(1969),though not without interest,adopted the over the top camp "Deadlier than the male" avoided,and ended the franchise.


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