Liquidator

Liquidator

Director: Jack Cardiff

Cast: Jack Cardiff, Rod Taylor, Trevor Howard, Jill St. John

     
 

This James Bond parody brings a new sort of jet-set secret agent to the screen -- one who hates flying, is afraid to shoot people, and would rather stay at home! Col. Mostyn (Trevor Howard) is the head of a special branch of British intelligence who is appalled to discover that a number of his best agents are either leaving the force or have turned out to beSee more details below

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This James Bond parody brings a new sort of jet-set secret agent to the screen -- one who hates flying, is afraid to shoot people, and would rather stay at home! Col. Mostyn (Trevor Howard) is the head of a special branch of British intelligence who is appalled to discover that a number of his best agents are either leaving the force or have turned out to be traitors. It is decided that Mostyn and his men need a special agent to ferret out those who leave his employ while knowing too much and silence them permanently. Mostyn decides the right man for the job is his old army buddy Boysie Oakes (Rod Taylor), but there's a bit of a problem -- while the job requires a globe-trotting assassin who can stare calmly into the face of death, Oakes is a mild-mannered fun seeker who is terrified of airplanes and faints at the sight of blood. None of this dissuades Mostyn, who still gives Oakes the assignment, but when he finds out that flying and guns are a big part of his new job, he hires someone else to do the dirty work for him. Oakes eventually develops a taste for the cars, women, gadgets, and danger of his new career, but the real acid test comes when he actually has to go on an assignment himself. The Liquidator was directed by Jack Cardiff, who along with a respected career as a director was one of the most distinguished cinematographers in the British cinema, lensing such classics as The Red Shoes, The African Queen, and Black Narcissus.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The first of what was intended to be a series, The Liquidator is a moderately entertaining James Bond spoof. Unlike other contemporary spy knock-offs (such as the Matt Helm films), The Liquidator actually does a little more than take the Bond basics and riff on them. Instead, it has a premise that could provide for a great deal of fun -- namely that the Bond stand-in is someone who doesn't want to kill and who doesn't really want to be a spy (although he certainly comes to enjoy some of the fringe benefits that come with it, at least in the world of cinema spies). The Liquidator even sets up an interesting solution to this dilemma by having reluctant spy Boysie Oakes hire someone to do his killing for him. In other hands, this conflict could provide for an intriguing moral examination, one that could still be handled in a comic way but that would give the film a bit of weight. Unfortunately, writer Peter Yeldham and director Jack Cardiff take the easy way out, never exploring this aspect. Indeed, Yeldham's script, while amusing and entertaining enough, ultimately ends up being a bit too lightweight all around. It's well crafted, but empty. The Liquidator might also have been a bit better with a more versatile actor than Rod Taylor in the lead. He's fine and does the job well, but he lacks a certain spark that would have lifted the film up to a higher level of entertainment. The rest of the cast, especially Trevor Howard, Eric Sykes, and a delectable Jill St. John, is a big help, and The Liquidator is certainly easy to take. It's just a shame that the creators didn't try a little harder.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2012
UPC:
0883316586853
Original Release:
1966
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
8,298

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rod Taylor Boysie Oakes
Trevor Howard Col. Mostyn
Jill St. John Iris MacIntosh
Wilfrid Hyde-White Chief
David Tomlinson Quadrant
Eric Sykes Griffen
Akim Tamiroff Sheriek
John Le Mesurier Chekhov
Derek Nimmo Fly
Jeremy Lloyd Young Man
Jennifer Jayne Janice Benedict
Betty McDowall Frances Anne
Colin Gordon Vicar
Louise Dunn Jessie
Henri Cogan Yakov
Daniel Emilfork Gregory
Richard Wattis Flying Instructor
Tony Wright Flying Control
Suzy Kendall Judith
Jo Rowbottom Betty
Gabriella Licudi Corale
Scot Finch Operation Officer
Ronald Leigh-Hunt Mac
David Langton Station Commander

Technical Credits
Jack Cardiff Director
John Blezard Art Director
Joan Bridge Costumes/Costume Designer
Leslie Elliot Executive Producer
Harry Fine Associate Producer
Elizabeth Haffenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Jon Penington Producer
Edward Scaife Cinematographer
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ernest Walter Editor
Peter Yeldham Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Liquidator
1. Chapter 1 [3:09]
2. Chapter 2 [2:18]
3. Chapter 3 [4:23]
4. Chapter 4 [2:08]
5. Chapter 5 [2:24]
6. Chapter 6 [3:48]
7. Chapter 7 [1:51]
8. Chapter 8 [3:25]
9. Chapter 9 [4:15]
10. Chapter 10 [2:18]
11. Chapter 11 [2:53]
12. Chapter 12 [2:47]
13. Chapter 13 [2:23]
14. Chapter 14 [1:21]
15. Chapter 15 [4:56]
16. Chapter 16 [3:04]
17. Chapter 17 [3:21]
18. Chapter 18 [2:21]
19. Chapter 19 [3:25]
20. Chapter 20 [5:07]
21. Chapter 21 [4:33]
22. Chapter 22 [2:27]
23. Chapter 23 [3:42]
24. Chapter 24 [5:27]
25. Chapter 25 [3:04]
26. Chapter 26 [4:33]
27. Chapter 27 [2:41]
28. Chapter 28 [3:34]
29. Chapter 29 [3:12]
30. Chapter 30 [2:06]
31. Chapter 31 [4:05]
32. Chapter 32 [3:11]

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