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Hammerhead (1968)

Approved | | Drama, Thriller | April 1968 (UK)
An American agent has tracked down the stronghold of an evil criminal mastermind, determined to take over the world.


David Miller


William Bast (screenplay), Herbert Baker (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Edwards ... Charles Hood
Judy Geeson ... Sue Trenton
Peter Vaughan ... Hammerhead
Diana Dors ... Kit
Michael Bates ... Andreas / Sir Richard
Beverly Adams ... Ivory
Patrick Cargill ... Condor
Patrick Holt ... Huntzinger
William Mervyn William Mervyn ... Walter Perrin
Douglas Wilmer ... Pietro Vendriani
Tracy Reed ... Miss Hull
Kenneth Cope ... Motorcyclist
Kathleen Byron ... Lady Calvert
Jack Woolgar Jack Woolgar ... Tookey Tate
Joseph Fürst ... Count Ortega


Hammerhead is a dangerous international criminal suspected by British Intelligence of trying to steal NATO defense secrets. In desperation, a young, charming soldier of fortune is called in to match wits and guts in man-to-man combat with Hammerhead. His name is Charles Hood and he operates in London (the wilder parts) and moves on to the Portuguese coast in pursuit of Hammerhead and pursued by pert, kooky London model Sue Trenton. Written by filmfactsman

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Release Date:

April 1968 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Cabeça de Martelo See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This movie was made and released about four years after its source novel of the same name by Stephen Coulter (as James Mayo) was first published in 1964. It is one of only two movies made into a film from one of Coulter's books - the other picture is Embassy (1972). See more »


Although the film is set in Portugal, there are continued mistakes using Spanish art, signs and language. They even order Sangria at the bar. See more »


Referenced in The Deuce: Pilot (2017) See more »


Music by David Whitaker
Lyrics by Johnny Worth (as John Worsley)
Vocal by Madeline Bell (uncredited)
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A long way from James Bond...more like a milder version of Matt Helm
11 June 2017 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

American agent Charles Hood needs to stop international criminal Hammerhead from stealing a secret report on nuclear defense. British production has cheeky asides and a bouncy score from David Whitaker--as well as a curious obsession with erotic art!--but is so mild it barely makes an impression. Adaptation of the spy novel by James Mayo (aka Stephen Coulter) opens with a garish hippie happening in London that is liable to scare away the film's target audience. In the lead, Vince Edwards seems a little sheepish; he fills the bill but lacks the punchy personality to make Hood a three-dimensional hero. *1/2 from ****

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