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The Liquidator (Nov-1965)

Director: Jack Cardiff

Writer: Peter Yeldham

From novel: The Liquidator by John Gardner

Music Composed and Conducted by: Lalo Schifrin

Producer: Jon Penington

Keywords: Thriller, Espionage

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Trevor Howard
29-Sep-1913 7-Jan-1988 Sons and Lovers
Wilfrid Hyde-White
12-May-1903 6-May-1991 My Fair Lady
Jennifer Jayne
14-Nov-1931 23-Apr-2006 The Crawling Eye
Jill St. John
19-Aug-1940   Who's Minding the Store?
John Le Mesurier
5-Apr-1912 15-Nov-1983 Dad's Army
Gabriella Licudi
14-Sep-1941   Unearthly Stranger
Derek Nimmo
19-Sep-1930 24-Feb-1999 All Gas and Gaiters
Eric Sykes
4-May-1923 4-Jul-2012 The Plank
Akim Tamiroff
29-Oct-1899 17-Sep-1972 For Whom the Bell Tolls
Rod Taylor
11-Jan-1930 7-Jan-2015 The Time Machine
David Tomlinson
7-May-1917 24-Jun-2000 Mary Poppins
Richard Wattis
25-Feb-1912 1-Feb-1975 English comic actor


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


Review by GJH (posted on 9-Mar-2005)

This has always been one of my favorite movies. I always loved James Bond spoofs such as the Derrick Flint and Matt Helm movies, and "The Liquidator" stands above those.

Rod Taylor plays Boysie Oakes, a hapless tank commander at the end of WWII, who accidently saves Colonel Mostyn (Trevor Howard) from two rival spies. Years later, when Britain's spy network is inundated with embarrassing counter-spies, Mostyn remembers Oakes and hires him as "Agent L" (Liquidator) to neatly get rid of these embarrassments. Unable to carry out these liquidations, Oakes hires a private contractor, Griffen (Eric Sykes). Oakes keeps this to himself as he loves the playboy lifestyle that he now lives. Taylor has the unique ability to seem inept at being a spy, while at the same time showing skills above and beyond those around him, and making it all perfectly believable.

The subtle comedy and all of the twists and turns (likely and unlikely) make this a very enjoyable and engrossing film. Jill St. John as Iris is great eye-candy and plays the part to the hilt. Her acting complements Taylor's without upstaging him.

I highly recommend this film and wish it to be released on DVD.

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