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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:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This '60s spy movie features a black-and-white opening sequence, something the James Bond film franchise would not do until Casino Royale (2006). 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

Colonel Mostyn: Poor Francis Ann has gone to rest, safe at last on Abrahams breast Which may be rough for Francis Ann...
'Boysie' Oakes: But certainly sexy for Abraham.
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Crazy Credits

A figure in a coat and hat stumbles through the opening credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Blockbuster Buster: Wild Wild West (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

RAF March Past
(uncredited)
Music by H. Walford Davies
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Pretty Much Average
12 December 2013 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

While in Paris during World War 2 a bumbling American sergeant by the name of "Boysie Oakes" (Rod Taylor) saves a British secret agent named "Mostyn" (Trevor Howard) by accidentally killing his two attackers. Several years later Mostyn has moved up in his intelligence career and is confronted by several embarrassing intelligence leaks within his agency. So his boss formulates a plan to stop these leaks by killing the suspected spies working in their midst. Since they need an assassin Mostyn immediately thinks of Boysie. Anyway, they hire him unaware that he is not the cold-hearted killer they think he is and give him orders to kill. Now, rather than going over the whole plot and risk ruining the movie for those who haven't seen it I will just say that this was an interesting movie from that time period. Admittedly, it starts off a bit slow but it does pick up a bit after that with Jill St. John (as "Iris") providing some good scenery along the way. Unfortunately, there isn't much humor, action or suspense to really get excited about so essentially she is about the only thing that keeps this film going. As such I rate the movie as pretty much average.


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