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The Liquidator

4.6 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews

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In an era when Sean Connery; Michael Caine; James Coburn; Dean Martin; Robert Vaughn and more brought varying styles of secret-agent cool to movie screens; along came one of the most unusual spies ever to enter the Top Secret realm of hush-hush; bang-bang and kiss-kiss. Rod Taylor plays Boysie Oakes; Agent L; who enjoys the swinging-London lifestyle perks that come with espionage but would rather not engage in the squeamish business of killing; so he hires a professional hitman for that part of the job. Of course; events soon plunge Oakes into situations that require him to be a hero in spite of himself. Jack Cardiff directs this offbeat caper based on the John Gardner novel; reuniting with the star he guided previously in Young Cassidy. The cast includes two beauties who would soon return to sexy subterfuge: Gabrielle Licudi in 1967's spoof Casino Royale and Jill St. John; who played Tiffany Case in Diamonds Are Forever.

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  • Actors: Rod Taylor, Trevor Howard, Jill St. John
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2012
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008RNYMJC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,836 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By William Amazzini on September 10, 2012
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As soon as you hear the wonderful voice of Shirley Bassey behind the credits, you know you are treading on Bondian territory and unfortunately, Director Jack Cardiff's 'THE LIQUIDATOR'-1966 never got to see its own series due to poor box office. With a screenplay by Peter Yeldham based on a novel by John Gardner who would scribe future James Bond novels in the eighties, actor Rod Taylor plays Boysie Oakes , an average bachelor who gets recruited by British Intelligence represented and played by Trevor Howard to be an assassin eliminating rogue and problem agents. Turns out that Oakes can't stomach the job so he recruits another assassin to do his work. When that guy is killed and Oakes goes AWOL with actress Jill St. John who is drop dead gorgeous and lethal, things get complicated. What ensues is a series of vignettes which veer on the verge of slapstick but never enter into the crude shenanigans that bogged down a number of spy yarns such as Director Val Guest's 'WHERE THE SPIES ARE'- 1965 and Director Henry Levin's 'KISS THE GIRLS AND MAKE THEM DIE' -1967 which have yet to see digital releases and culminated in Director David Miller's 'HAMMERHEAD'- 1968. Taylor plays it to the hilt as he sees his life change for better and worse trying to be one step ahead of other spies seeing after his demise. Director Cardiff would go on to direct another great actioner with Taylor, the underrated 'DARK OF THE SUN' a few years later. The associate producer is Harry Fine who would produce the vampire trilogy based on Sheridan LeFanus's Carmilla for Hammer Films scribed by Tudor Gates.Read more ›
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Having seen this movie but once, decades ago; it was so long ago i completely forgot about the beginning wartime episode, none the less, it remained firmly lodged in my memory as great entertainment. Rod Taylor is totally believable as a bumbling sort of hero or liquidator if you please. Trevor Howard is excellent as always as Colonel Mostyn. Jill St. John was good as Iris. Wilfrid Hyde-White who was excellent in "My Fair Lady" was equally so in this production.

The plot, direction and dialogue are well done and the film transfer is very good, no doubt a result of it being filmed in Panavison.

As a teenager when this came out my fondest memory from this film is of the bar in Boysie Oakes flat. I wanted one of those for years.

Other notable roles for Mr. Taylor include, Dark of the Sun, Bearcats (short lived TV series), Fate is the Hunter, Giant and of course the original Time Machine.

When serious spy movies such as the Bond franchise seemed everywhere this move and "The Presidents Analyst" stand out to me as two great spy spoofs. Enjoy
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It's a real stretch to liken "The Liquidator" to James Bond, spoof or otherwise. I'm sure the cloak and dagger aspects of the project didn't hurt its chances to get greenlit. Sure, Shirley Bassey sings the title tune. The script is based on a book by John Gardner who assumed writing the 007 novels after they exhausted all of Ian Flemings' work to be spunoff into screen vehicles. Rod Taylor as Boysie Oaks does project the same everyman aura as Sean Connery. Other than that I don't see the connection. The premise here is Oaks, a low level agent, is recruited by British Intelligence to kill rogue agents who've soldout the Motherland. Now Boysie likes the perks of the job mainly the birds and the booze. It's the killing he can't stomache. So he hires someone to do the killing for him. This works out all fine and good until he's backed into a position where he has to terminate with extreme prejudice or it's his own neck. "The Liquidator" is exciting, adventurous, and full of that cheeky humor the Brits do so well. Aside from Taylor there is a terrific turn by Trevor Howard as Boysie's sarcastic handler. Another great movie you probably never heard of.
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Bow down before the effervescent man's man that is Rod Taylor. Sort of an Australian James Garner, Taylor anchors the "wrong guy being made a hero" conceit of this Bond spoof admirably. If for nothing else, watch it for the supernova title song sung by the supernova diva Shirley Bassey.
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ENJOYABLE 60'S STYLE FLICK
the "rod man" is great, at his peak, and regretting all the money he lost turning down the james bond role...too late old aussie chap, R.I.P.
great transfer, sound, fun action and script!
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Beautiful print of a film I remembered being better. The concept is very good, as is the cast. The problem is the film tries to skate a thin line between tension and very light comedy. Still entertaining and Rod Taylor gives a great performance.
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This is a very good spoof of the spy movies of the era when everyone was doing them. it is very entertaining and fun to watch, as some scenes are similar to perhaps Peter Seller in Casino Royale. It has a great cast, and I would recommend it.
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Played tongue in cheek, this is a very entertaining venture into the secret agent world of post WWII Europe. Trevor Howard and Rod Taylor play spy master and apprentice, respectively, out to save the world. The production is slick and fast paced, and not too demanding of one's undivided attention, but light and captivating nonetheless. Jill St. John's presence makes it all the more watchable if you're a fan. Shirley Bassey was recruited to deliver the theme song which is a plus.
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