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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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Taglines:

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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jack London's original novel was left markedly incomplete at the time of his death, and it was not until many decades later that the thriller-writer Robert L. Fish (also known as Robert L. Pike) finished it for publication, amidst much publicity. The novel is noticeably more serious in tone than this film. See more »

Goofs

When Ivan Dragomiloff is poisoned, he knocks over the cup he drinks from onto the marble floor. The sound it makes is not of metal such as gold, maybe plastic. See more »

Quotes

Miss Winter: Ivan!
Ivan Dragomiloff: Sir Ivan, if you please. Virtue, it seems, has been rewarded.
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Soundtracks

Students' Pledge Song
(uncredited)
Music by Ron Grainer
Lyrics by Hal Shaper
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Worth watching for Reed and Rigg
7 November 1999 | by HenryHextonEsqSee all my reviews

This film is an enjoyable enough lightweight romp, with an array of locations and actors that is perhaps excessive.

Oliver Reed is suavely bucaneering as the main protaganist, while the other main star, Diana Rigg of Avengers fame, does a very well-judged comic performance as the feminist journalist in 1910. It's a shame she didn't appear in more films. No other actors get much of a chance to shine, as there are far too many minor characters.

The writing is OK; you get the feeling that there should be more laughs than there are. Still, it's an enjoyable enough way to spend an hour and a half.

Rating:- *** (out of *****)


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