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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.

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Jean Bruce (novel), Renzo Cerrato | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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 Raf Baldassarre
Seyna Seyn Seyna Seyn
Giovanni Pallavicino Giovanni Pallavicino
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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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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | French | English

Release Date:

28 July 1968 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

No Roses for OSS 117 See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

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 »

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Follows Mission to Tokyo (1966) See more »

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Our valiant , easy-going agent 0SS117 , John Gavin , takes on a powerful criminal organization commanded by Curd Jurgens
5 July 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Not as entertaining as the first in the series , but stiil amusing entry in Oss 117 series with John Gavin as absolute starring . While I didn't enjoy as much as the first in the series this Oss 117 installment results to be an acceptable film into the Eurospy subgenre , whose origin was the James Bond movies and especially : James Bond against Dr. No and From Russia with love by Terence Young . In this one, our starring is posing as a ruthless crook to penetrate into a terrorist organization led by a nasty boss , Curd Jurgens who played the main villiain in Guy Hamilton's The spy who loved me , and his cohorts , Doctor Saadi : Robert Hossein and a tall henchman : George Eastman . Along the way Gavin runs into a pack of baddies who intent on stopping him .Meanwhile , John Gavin falls for 3 beautiful damsels : The Bond girl Luciana Paluzzi , Rosalba Neri , and Margaret Lee .

Typical Euro spy movie with ordinary ingredients : thrills , noisy action , fights, fantastic gadgets along with strange artifacts , simple helicopters and explosive women . It has some flaws and gaps , as it does tend to get a bit old , including repetitive nature of some fight scenes , but it has big fun , so it cares . John Gavin gives a passable acting as a brave secret agent who infiltrates an criminal organization that especializes in political assassinations by assuming the identity of one of its top killers . Gavin has an easy going air about him that makes him great to see . Gavin starred two classics for Douglas Sirk : Imitation to life and A time to love and a time to die . However , he followed to play secondary roles in Spartacus , Throughly Modern Millie and Pycho , TV series , until his death at 86 . He is well accompanied by a brilliant enemy , Curd Jurgens , and a suitable villain doctor , Robert Hossein. Along with a plethora of Italian secondaries , usual in Spaghetti and Peplum , such as the hunk George Eastman , Renato Baldini , Emilio Messina , Roberto Messina and the always present Piero Lulli . And 3 luscious , bombshell girls : Luciana Paluzzi , Margaret Lee , Rosalba Neri.

It packs a cololorful and evocative cinematography in terrific locations from Tonino Delli Colli, Pasolini' s ordinary cameraman . And atmospheric musical score in jazzy style of the sixties and seventies by Piero Piccioni . This motion picture titled OSS 117 murder for sale or No flowers for OSS 117 (or one of the other half dozen names this movie goes by) was regular but professionally directed by Andre Hunebelle , and it definitively worth checking out if you are a fan of Euro spy genre . Andre was a craftsman who used to direct to Kerwin Matthews , Jean Marais and Louis De Funes in various films ; as he made several watchable pictures of all kinds of genres as drama , comedies such as : Casino de Paris , Massacre Dentellos ; adventures , Swashbucklers , many of them starred by Jean Marais : 3 musketeers , Return 3 Musketeers , Mysteries Paris , The hunchback , The captain , Les Charlots mousquetaires , Adventures Cadet Rouselle , Mission Tanger , and especially known for Fantomas Trilogy : Fantomas , Fantomas returns and Fantomas vs Scotland Yard .

The series based on novels written by Jean Bruce begin with "0SS is not dead"1955 by Jean Sacha with Ivan Desny , Magali Noel. " 0ss 117 unleashed" by Andre Hunebelle with Kerwin Matthews, Irina Demick . " Panic in Bangkok" 1964 by Andre Hunebelle with Kerwin Matthews , Robert Hossein , Pier Angeli. "Oss 117 Fury in Bahia" 1965 with Frederick Strafford , Raymond Pellegrin, Mylene Demengeot. "Oss 117 Terror in Tokyo" 1966 by Michral Boisrond with Frederick Stafford, Marina Vlady ."Oss117 Vendetta of spies" 1979 by Pierre Kalfon with Luc Merenda ,Elsa Martinelli , Genevieve Grad. "Oss117 Tue Le Taon" 1971 by Andre Leroix with Alan Scott. And "Oss 117 El Cairo nest of spies" and "Oss 117 lost in Rio" by Michael Hazanavicious with Jean Dujardin , Beatriz Bejo.


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