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OSS 117 Murder for Sale (1968)

Niente rose per OSS 117 (original title)
Agent OSS 117 infiltrates an organization that specializes in political assassinations, by assuming the identity of one of its top assassins.


Jean Bruce (novel), Renzo Cerrato | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Gavin ... Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, alias OSS 117
Margaret Lee ... Aïcha Melik - la figlia di Melik
Curd Jürgens ... Il Maggiore - il capo dei gangster
Luciana Paluzzi ... Maud - la dottoressa
Robert Hossein ... Il dottor Saadi
Rosalba Neri ... Conchita Esteban
George Eastman ... Karas
Guido Alberti Guido Alberti ... Faruk Melik - il braccio destro del Maggiore
Piero Lulli Piero Lulli ... Heindrich Van Dyck - un rappresentante dell'ONU
Renato Baldini ... MacLeod - un diplomatico della CIA
Luciano Bonanni Luciano Bonanni ... Un poliziotto
Romano Moschini Romano Moschini
Raf Baldassarre
Seyna Seyn Seyna Seyn
Giovanni Pallavicino Giovanni Pallavicino


The American Secret Service sends their best agent, OSS 117, to investigate a number of political murders that the police were not able to prevent. Disguised as a ruthless killer, 'William Chandler', OSS 117 will penetrate the terrorist organization just when it is preparing the murder of Heindrich Van Dyck, the UN delegate to the Middle-East peace process. 117 will use a fake killing of Van Dyck, and substitute corpses, trying to dupe the criminal master mind, Dr. Saadi. Only, the Major is too clever, abducts Aicha, and 117 must fight both for his life (as he must take a daily antidote for a drug he was injected with), Aicha's endangered life, and passing the information of the whereabouts of the terrorists headquarters to the Army before it's too late... Too much for OSS 117? Written by Artemis-9

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He bargained for love and murder...he couldn't afford to lose both!


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This secret agent movie features a number of actors associated with the James Bond spy series. Luciana Paluzzi as Maud played Fiona Volpe in Thunderball (1965); Curd Jürgens as the Major would go on to play Carl Stromberg in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) whilst 'John Gavin' as Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, alias OSS 117 was once contracted to play James Bond in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) (the contract was payed out but he did not get to be James Bond). See more »

Alternate Versions

The film has an Italian and a French versions by two directors, working under the supervision of Andre Hunebelle. See more »


Followed by OSS 117 prend des vacances (1970) See more »

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So so spy thriller
1 August 2001 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

James Bond rip-offs were all the rage in mid-60s cinema, and here's a fairly good one. John Gavin is OSS 117, America's greatest secret agent, who must foil the attempted assassination of a peace broker. Apparently, 'billions' of dollars of arms sales are at risk, even though the warring 'tribes' apparently consist of about two dozen besworded Arabs. Nonetheless, Gavin is off on a mid-East jaunt, where he is pitted against...not much in the way of villains, really. He meets the beautiful daughter of a local mucky-muck, played by a most attractive Margaret Lee, and in between wooing her and killing the odd bad guy he manages to save the day.

This review is based on the Media Home Entertainment video of almost 20 years ago, and as would be expected, the print quality is fair to poor. Obvious screen compression ruins a number of shots and we can only look forward to the day when Anchor Bay chooses to restore this film to all its widescreen splendour.

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Release Date:

28 July 1968 (France) See more »

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No Roses for OSS 117 See more »

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