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The Love Factor (1969)

Zeta One (original title)
A race of topless, large-breasted women from the planet Angvia, in another dimension, come to earth to kidnap women to repopulate their planet.

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Michael Cort

Writers:

Michael Cort (screenplay), Alistair McKenzie (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Robertson Justice ... Maj. Bourdon
Charles Hawtrey ... Swyne
Robin Hawdon ... James Word
Anna Gaël ... Clotho
Brigitte Skay ... Lachesis
Dawn Addams ... Zeta
Valerie Leon ... Atropos
Lionel Murton Lionel Murton ... W
Yutte Stensgaard ... Ann Olsen
Wendy Lingham Wendy Lingham ... Edwina 'Ted' Strain
Rita Webb Rita Webb ... Clippie
Carol Hawkins Carol Hawkins ... Zara (as Carolanne Hawkins)
Steve Kirby Steve Kirby ... Sleuth
Paul Baker Paul Baker ... Bourdon's Assistant
Walter Sparrow ... Stage Manager
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A British superspy comedy with a Pop Art aesthetic, ZETA ONE is the kind of psychedelic, sexy thriller that inspired the Austin Powers series. In this playful spoof at the James Bond films, Robin Hawdon stars as Word...James Word, a womanizing secret agent whose investigation of a criminal mastermind (James Robertson Justice) leads him to discover a race of beautiful, exotic superwomen. Further inquiry exposes the naked truth, that these women have been abducted and brainwashed by the alien, interdimensional goddess Zeta (Dawn Addams). Written by Becky LeSabre

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A bedroom romp through the fifth dimension! See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Love Factor See more »

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Production Co:

Tigon See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the hero, James Word, is most probably a reference to the motto of the London Stock Exchange: "My Word is my Bond." See more »

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James Word: The whole place is like a vast, supernatural ant colony. The women, the Angvians, are picked up from all over the world and, by brainwashing processes, are conditioned for their allotted functions. Some of them become administrators, some workers, some fighters. Zeta, herself, is the queen ant. Who she is, or where she originally came from is a mystery. But she holds the key to the whole set up. All the others have come from Earth. They are specially selected, after careful observation. A ...
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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema release suffered BBFC cuts which removed most of the nudity, including Mark's assorted flings with naked women, and toned down the torture of Zara by Bourdon. Later video and DVD releases were uncut. See more »

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Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 4 (1997) See more »

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Zeta One Song
Written by Johnny Hawksworth
Performed by The Hawksworth Studio Group
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At least more fun than Modesty Blaise
31 August 2017 | by wilvramSee all my reviews

Surely one of the most tatty, inept, and certainly most bonkers productions from a British studio since 'Fire Maidens From Outer Space' over a dozen years previously, it seems Zeta One was originally planned on a considerably more ambitious scale, only to soon run into financial trouble.

John Hamilton, Tony Tenser's indispensable chronicler, reveals that construction work on the studio had still not been completed during shooting. James Robertson Justice didn't have a proper dressing room and understandably was not pleased. Not in the best of health following a stroke the year before, he made sure he was out of the mess at the first opportunity. Anyhow he's completely wrong, and not in any good way, as the sadistic Major Bourdon. They'd have done better to have cast the amazonian Nita Lorraine, the 'Angvian' failing to keep a straight face in the fight scene (and briefly memorable wielding a whip in 'Curse Of The Crimson Altar') as Zeta's adversary, or to take it to a further stage of silliness, Rita Webb, who puts in an appearance as a bus conductor with Charles Hawtrey in a scene that misses a chance to be funnier.

Robin Hawdon's James Word, so called apparently so they could use a hilarious tag-line on the lines of 'His Word is our Bond' and whose main activity seems to be confined to between the sheets, only function is to attempt to make sense of what passes for the narrative. Mission impossible. One flashback confusingly ends with him in bed with one of the Angvians before switching to him in the same bed with Yutte Stensgaard, as part of the framing device. A typically inane scene toward the end sees him drive up to a field, go through a hedge and then wander around, then back to the car for some waterproofs. And that's it. Meanwhile Dawn Addams' Zeta remains a peripheral figure throughout.

At least Zeta can boast Johnny Hawksworth's jazzy, driving opening score, and the costume department made delightful use of their minuscule budget on the wigs and outfits, if that is the word, of Zeta's followers: Valerie Leon, for one, can rarely have looked more alluring. Anyhow, once the deadly tedious opening sequence was out of the way, it was more fun than the laboured attempts at humour of Joe Losey's infinitely more prestigious 'swinging sixties' spoof, Modesty Blaise, which I also watched recently.


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