The Deadly Bees (1966)

UK, 1966
83m, 2278.38 metres
35mm film, Techniscope, Technicolor, 2.35:1
mono, English

A British horror film directed by Freddie Francis.

Plot Summary

Singer Vicki Robbins is sent to a remote island by her doctor to recuperate after she collapses from exhaustion while shooting a music film. But her hosts, bee-keeper Ralph Hargrove and his wife Mary, bicker constantly and a swarm of specially bred attack bees are picking off the locals – and Vicki seems to be next in line unless she can find a way to escape.


Directed by: Freddie Francis
© 1966 by Amicus Productions Limited
A Paramount picture. Amicus Productions presents
Produced by: Max J. Rosenberg and Milton Subotsky
Production Supervisor: Ted Wallis
Screenplay by: Robert Bloch and Anthony Marriott
From the novel “A Taste For Honey” by H.F. Heard
Assistant Director: Anthony Waye
Continuity: Pamela Davies
Director of Photography: John Wilcox
Camera Operator: Alan Hall
Editor: Oswald Hafenrichter
Color by Technicolor
Music Composed by: Wilfred Josephs
Conducted by: Philip Martell
Songs: “It’s Not What I Need You For” sung by The Birds; “Baby Let Me Love You” sung by Elkie Brooks
Sound Recordist: Ken Rawkins
Sound Editor: Michael Pidcock
Wardrobe Supervisor: Adeline Gibbs
Furs by: Deanfield Models
Make-up: Jill Carpenter
Hairdresser: Bobbie Smith
Special Effects: Michael Collins
Special Effects Cameraman: John Mackey
Art Director: Bill Constable
Set Decoration: Andrew Low
Produced at Twickenham Studios, Twickenham, Middlesex, England
Unit Manager: Derek Parr

Suzanna Leigh (Vicki Robbins)
Frank Finlay (H.W. Manfred)
Guy Doleman (Ralph Hargrove)
Catherine Finn (Mary Hargrove)
John Harvey (Inspector Thompson)
Michael Ripper (David Hawkins)
Anthony Bailey (compere)
Tim Barrett (Detective Hargrove)
James Cossins (Seagull Island coroner)
Frank Forsyth (Seagull Island doctor)
Katy Wild (Doris Hawkins)
Greta Farrer (Vicki’s sister)
Gina Gianelli (secretary)
Michael Gwynn (Dr George Lang)
Maurice Good (Vicki’s Agent)
Alister Williamson (Seagull Island police inspector)
Elkie Brooks [singing voice for Suzanna Leigh – uncredited]
The Birds (Kim Gardner, Pete McDaniel, Ali McKenzie, Tony Munroe, Ron Wood) [themselves – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

Il mistero dell’isola dei gabbiani – Italian title
A picada mortal – Spanish title
Die Tödlichen Bienen РGerman title


Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.91 – credits