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The Liquidator (1965)

Not Rated | | Action, Thriller, Crime | 28 October 1966 (USA)
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 »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A felszámoló See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to the 2003 book 'Conversations with Jack Cardiff' by Justin Bowyer and Jack Cardiff, a legal dispute delayed the film's originally intended November 1965 release for about a year, and was not released until late 1966. See more »

Goofs

When Boysie and Iris leave the Colonel's empty office she turns off the lights, but as we see them exit from the other side the room is not dark. See more »

Quotes

Bodelaire Sheriek: Yes, What do you want?
Chekhov: Bodelaire, I'm Chekhov.
Bodelaire Sheriek: Huh?
Chekhov: If only we could sell the house and go back to Moscow.
Bodelaire Sheriek: What are you talk... oh yes, yes of course, the password. Uhm, just a minute ehm... ah... life is just a bowl of cherry orchards? No?
Chekhov: No.
Bodelaire Sheriek: Oh! well, of course: but first we must cut down the orchards.
Chekhov: Hmm.
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A figure in a coat and hat stumbles through the opening credits. See more »

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Featured in Al Murray's Great British Spy Movies (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

THE LIQUIDATOR
Sung by Shirley Bassey
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Lyrics by Peter Callander
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More Fun Than Casino Royale!
14 February 2007 | by HugorellySee all my reviews

All the elements seem to be in place to make The Liquidator a success: a witty script, a strong cast, an over-the-top Shirley Bassey theme song, crisp cinematography in glorious 1960s Technicolor. But having said that, the whole package doesn't quite come off.

The basic idea is a clever one: to take the familiar secret agent movie premise and subvert it by making the central character a reluctant assassin who "wouldn't hurt a fly". The problem is, Rod Taylor is just too "straight" for the role. Like the Royal Air Force's new top secret spy plane, Taylor often seems to be running on automatic pilot.

The comic elements here should have been exploited for much greater effect. Comparisons with Connery's James Bond are wide of the mark, since this film does not aspire to match the serious thrill quotient of a Bond movie. But it does contain some delicious irony, and a couple of neat twists that even surpass the usual formula at times.

The scene in which Taylor, imprisoned in a cellar with his captor's floozy, is openly encouraged to escape, is neatly handled - until the poor girl is needlessly gunned down by another member of the gang to "silence" her. This provokes a cliff-top chase that culminates in a dangling moment of rare high tension, evoking the original Italian Job.

Younger fans of the Austin Powers series may enjoy seeing what actual swinging '60s films were really like. But where Mike Myers' films take the tiniest germ of a funny idea and magnify it over and over, The Liquidator does the reverse: a potentially promising humorous situation tends just to be left hanging in the air.

For connoisseurs of British pictures of the period, there are little treats on offer too, in the appearance of familiar faces like Trevor Howard, Eric Sykes, Wilfred Hyde White and Richard Wattis - although again, their talent is mostly wasted. The delightful Jill St. John (who would go on to do the "real thing" in Diamonds Are Forever) is eminently watchable throughout, and her performance raises the whole tone; indeed she and Howard are the best things on view here.

Overall then, whilst The Liquidator is certainly an enjoyable film, with the right leading actor, or perhaps a director with a keener eye for comic possibilities, it could have been a much funnier romp through contemporary spy film clichés. So while it must go down as something of a missed opportunity, for me it's better fun than Casino Royale - either the new version or the 1967 one.


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