The Assassination Bureau Limited (1969)

UK, 1969
110m
35mm film, Technicolor, 1.85:1
mono, English

A British borderline science fiction film directed by Basil Dearden.

Plot Summary

Journalist Sonya Winter investigates the mysterious and sinister Assassination Bureau, a secret society that has existed for many decades and which arranges the assassinations only of those its members believe deserve to die. But the Assassination Bureau conspiracy runs a lot deeper – and gets a lot closer to home – than Winter ever imagined…

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Basil Dearden
© 1969 by Paramount Pictures Limited
A Michael Relph – Basil Dearden production
Produced by: Michael Relph
Screenplay by: Michael Relph
Based on an idea from the book ‘The Assassination Bureau Limited‘ by: Jack London and Robert Fish
Additional Dialogue by: Wolf Mankowitz
Director of Photography: Geoffrey Unsworth
Editor: Teddy Darvas
Music by: Ron Grainer
Sound Recordists: Dudley Messenger, Ken Barker, John Dennis
Costume Designer: Beatrice Dawson
Make-Up: Harry Frampton
Hairdresser: Barbara Ritchie
Special Effects: Les Bowie, Thomas Clark
Designed by: Michael Relph

Cast
Oliver Reed (Ivan Dragomiloff)
Diana Rigg (Sonya Winter)
Telly Savalas (Lord Bostwick)
Curt Jürgens (General von Pinck)
Philippe Noiret (Monsieur Lucoville)
Warren Mitchell (Herr Weiss)
Beryl Reid (Madame Otero)
Clive Revill (Cesare Spado)
Vernon Dobtcheff (Baron Muntzof)
Annabella Incontrera (Eleanora)
Kenneth Griffith (Monsieur Popescu)
Jess Conrad (Angelo)
George Coulouris (Swiss peasant)
Katherine Kath (Mme Lucoville)
Olaf Pooley (Swiss cashier)

Alternative Titles

Assassination Bureau – Italy
Assassinats en tous genres – France
El club de asesinos – Spain
Mörder GmbH – West Germany
Rulettia venäläisittäin, Madame? – Finland
Rysk roulett, Madame – Sweden
Sindicato do Crime – Brazil
Snigmords-bureauet – Denmark

Press

1999
Radio Times 23-29 October 1999 p.79
It’s a madcap yarn and director Basil Dearden has infused the tale with joyous glee and no little character insight. Oliver Reed is wonderfully malevolent through his charm as the gang’s leader and the quality cast gauges the light tone perfectly. – from a review by TH [Tom Hutchinson]

References

Periodicals

  • Radio Times 23-29 October 1999 p.79 – review (by TH [Tom Hutchison])

Books

  • Film Review 1969-70 by F. Maurice Speed (ed.) p.199 – credits, review
  • The Films of Oliver Reed by Susan D. Cowie and Tom Johnson pp.101-105 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Kine & TV Year Book 1970 p.107
  • Reed All About Me: The Autobiography of Oliver Reed by Oliver Reed p.126 – note
  • Screen World 1970 Volume 21 by John Willis (ed.) p.210 – illustrated credits
  • What Fresh Lunacy Is This? The Authorized Biography of Oliver Reed – by Robert Sellers p.153; 482 – notes; credits