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The Assassination Bureau (1969)

A woman causes a group of assassins to face their greatest challenge.

Director:

Basil Dearden

Writers:

Michael Relph (screenplay), Jack London (unfinished novel) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Reed ... Ivan Dragomiloff
Diana Rigg ... Sonya Winter
Telly Savalas ... Lord Bostwick
Curd Jürgens ... Gen. von Pinck (as Curt Jurgens)
Philippe Noiret ... Monsieur Lucoville
Warren Mitchell ... Herr Weiss
Beryl Reid ... Madame Otero
Clive Revill ... Cesare Spado
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Baron Muntzof
Annabella Incontrera ... Eleanora Spado
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Monsieur Popescu
Jess Conrad ... Angelo
George Coulouris ... Swiss Peasant
Katherine Kath Katherine Kath ... Mme. Lucoville
Olaf Pooley Olaf Pooley ... Swiss Cashier
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Storyline

The Assassination Bureau has existed for decades (perhaps centuries) until Diana Rigg begins to investigate it. The high moral standing of the Bureau (only killing those who deserve it) is called into question by her. She puts out a contract for the Bureau to assassinate its leader on the eve of World War I. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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HE falls out of a zeppelin. SHE catches a live bomb. HE's trapped in a coffin. SHE's caught in a bordello. And it's all the start of a beautiful romance. See more »


Certificate:

M | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French | Italian

Release Date:

23 April 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Assassination Bureau Limited See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film has no less than 5 James Bond film alumni-- Diana Rigg and Telly Savalas started together in the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Curd Jurgens would go on to play Bond baddie Stromberg in The Spy Who Loved Me, which also featured Milton Reid and Vernon Dobtcheff. See more »

Goofs

Obvious stunt double for Curd Jürgens in the wide shots of the fighting scene. See more »

Quotes

Miss Winter: With your ideas, I'm surprised you're shocked at the thought of war.
Ivan Dragomiloff: Not at all. It's purely a matter of business. How can we charge our sort of prices with everybody happily killing each other for a shilling a day?
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Students' Pledge Song
(uncredited)
Music by Ron Grainer
Lyrics by Hal Shaper
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Entertaining and pleasant.
14 July 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This is the kind of movie made with care and respect for the audience:lavish sets,dazzling costumes,and a very attractive cast including Diana Rigg,Telly Savalas -both teamed for "on her majesty's secret service" the same year-,Philippe Noiret,Curd Jurgens and the sadly missed Oliver Reed.

The screenplay is often full of wit and humor,with such lines as "if there's a war,people will kill each others for a penny,and we will have to shut up shop (our "assassination bureau").Actually the whole movie is a long chase through a chocolate-box Europa with a lot of traps,bombs and disguises.Diana Rigg's appearances run the whole gamut from a Victorian prude resembling Mary Poppins to a femme fatale,from a widow in deep mourning to a nun,she's astonishing.So does (and is )Oliver Reed,who plays some British Arsène Lupin.History is given a rough ride when Francis-Ferdinand is murdered in Vienna (instead of Sarajevo) but who cares?

Best scene:Diana Rigg is alone in her hotel bedroom in Venice,Italy:she can hear a ticking.No,it's not the clock.So she rushes into her bathroom where a tap(faucet) is dripping.But when it's closed,the noise still remains.Is-it a bomb? .The brothel scene where Rigg is mistaken for a hooker is also great fun!

Two movies made in the seventies might have been influenced by Basil Dearden's amusing comedy:Douglas's Hickox's "theater of blood" (1973) also starring Rigg- a treat that should not be missed-and Ted Kotcheff's "who's killing the great chefs of Europe?" (1978)-Jacqueline Bisset cooks a bombe glacée here-.The people who liked this movie could do worse than picking those delightful black comedies.


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