The Liquidator

1965

Jack Cardiff
Director
MGM
Studio

Amusing film with Taylor a klutz "who wouldn't hurt a fly" who inadvertently becomes the British spy service's means of eliminating potential leaks and defectors. One of the best of the many spy spoofs that proliferated in the wake of the James Bond franchise's success. The literate and amusing script played with British understatement, which means that modern audiences might miss on some of the subtlety. For example, John Le Mesurier's character is named Chekhov, and his password phrase is "First we must cut down the orchard." (Tamiroff garbles it as "Life is just a bowl of cherry orchards." :)

The script was based on the Boysie Oakes novels of John Gardner, who intended them to "take the piss" out of Bond and put him in the real world. Ironically, Gardner became the writer of the new 007 novels in the 80s, when the franchise was at the nadir of its popularity. The success of the novels helped keep Bond in the public eye until the revitalization of the films with Goldeneye in 1995.

One amusing throwaway sight gag has Taylor romping with a pair of black and white spotted dogs. Not dalmatians, certainly, but it cannot have been unintentional!

Note: Revised from HD source 05 October 2014. Thanks to Gerald Lovell for identfying some unknowns!

-Dave W.



24th August 1966
Cinema



104 mins
2.35:1


28th October 1966
Cinema



2.35:1



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Rod Taylor
Brian Ian 'Boysie' Oakes
Trevor Howard
Colonel Mostyn
Jill St. John
Iris MacIntosh
Wilfrid Hyde-White
Chief
David Tomlinson
Quadrant
Akim Tamiroff
Sheriek
Eric Sykes
Griffen
Gabriella Licudi
Corale
John Le Mesurier
Chekhov
Derek Nimmo
Fly (Martin)
Richard Wattis
Flying Instructor
David Langton
Station Commander
Jennifer Jayne
Janice Benedict
Betty McDowall
Frances Anne Chandler
Henri Cogan
Yakov
Daniel Emilfork
Gregory
Jeremy Lloyd
Young Man
Heller Toren
Benedict's Assistant
Jo Rowbottom
Betty
Colin Gordon
Vicar
Louise Dunn
Jessie
Scott Finch
Operations Officer
Ronald Leigh-Hunt
Mac
Tony Wright
Flying Control
Suzy Kendall
Judith
Ken Wayne
Tank Crewman
Hal Galili
Tank Crewman
Laurence Herder
Gestapo Agent
Unknown
Gestapo Agent
Unknown
Concierge
Unknown
Chief's Secretary
Unknown
Robbins
Unknown
Judo Instructor
Unknown
Judo Instructor
Ken Parry
Tailor
Jack Mandeville
Tailor's Assistant
Unknown
Sommelier
Unknown
Sommelier's Assistant
Unknown Male 70
Restaurant Patron
Louis Matto
Waiter
Unknown
Waiter
Aidan Harrington
Restaurant Patron
George Holdcroft
Restaurant Patron
Gerry Judge
Waiter
Emil Stemmler
Headwaiter
Victor Harrington
Restaurant Patron
Pat Judge
Restaurant Patron
Aileen Lewis
Restaurant Patron
Dave's Unknown Male 18
Restaurant Patron
Unknown
Restaurant Patron
Tony Mendleson
Man Walking Outside Restaurant
Victor Chapman
Enemy Agent in Film
John Tatum
Commuter on Train Platform
Tony Mendleson
Commuter on Train Platform
Fred Wood
Commuter
George Hilsdon
Bert, Security Guard
Michael Dempsey
Waiter
Rhonda Ryan
Brunette Riding With Boysie
Jack Armstrong
Second Victim
James Ure
Onlooker
Unknown Male 8
Onlooker
Unknown
Onlooker
Unknown
Onlooker
Unknown
Onlooker
Ray Marioni
Bartender
Unknown
Blonde Frolicking with Boysie
Bill Cummings
Third Victim
Unknown
George Renwick (Fourth Victim)
Francis De Wolff
Ambassador Dragov
Paul Beradi
Party Guest
Michael Dempsey
Party Waiter
Rex Garner
Party Waiter
Juba Kennerley
Party Guest
Philip Stewart
Party Guest
Andrew Andreas
Party Waiter
Alex Lewis
Party Guest
Muriel Greenslade
Party Guest
Aileen Lewis
Party Guest
Gerald Paris
Passport Officer
George Oliver
Passport Officer
Fred Peck
Airline Passenger
Unknown
Airline Passenger
Hyma Beckley
Airline Passenger
George Holdcroft
Airline Passenger
Richard Nellor
Airline Passenger
Unknown
Stewardess
Unknown
French Taxi Driver
Unknown
French Hotel Clerk
Walter Henry
Airline Passenger
Rodney Cardiff
Operations Officer
Alexandra Bastedo
Radio Operator
Michael Peake
Quadrant's Driver
Patrick O'Connell
Radar Operator
Unknown
Air Controller
Unknown
Air Controller
Unknown
Enemy Agent Setting Up Diversion
Unknown
Enemy Agent Setting Up Diversion
Ernest Fennemore
Strangled Guard
Unknown
Guard with Boysie
Bill Hibbert
Guard with Boysie
Jack Mandeville
RAF Officer
Unknown
Squadron Leader in Vulture
Barbara Jefford
Voice: Corale
Voice: French Desk Clerk
Hawker Siddeley Trident
BEA Airliner
Bell 47
Helicopter Bringing Duke of Edinburgh to Base
Vickers Valiant
The Vulture

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