Liquidator, The

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.


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Liquidator, The
 
4.1

(based on 7 reviews)

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86%

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Pros

  • Engaging characters (7)
  • Entertaining (6)
  • Great cinematography (5)
  • Original (4)
  • High production value (3)

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5.0

ENGAGING, TONGUE-IN-CHEEK SPY SPOOF

By SHADOWER

from LOUISVILLE, KY. 40215

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Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Entertaining
  • Great Cinematography
  • High Production Value
  • Informative
  • Original
  • Provocative

Cons

    Best Uses

    • 1960s British Spy Film-tv
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    Comments about Liquidator, The:

    IT MAY WELL HAVE BEEN THAT THIS ADAPTATION OF JOHN GARDNER'S 1964 BESTSELLER WAS NOT QUITE THE CUP OF CINEMATIC TEA FOR AMERICAN VIEWERS, BUT THIS SPY SPOOF IS AN UNDISPUTED CLASSIC, MORE IN STYLE OF THE AVENGERS THAN 007. FOR HAVING SAVED THE LIFE OF INTELLIGENCE OFFICER TREVOR HOWARD IN WWII PARIS, SGT. ROD TAYLOR IS WELL REMEMBERED FOR HIS BRAVERY - TO THE EXTENT THAT TAYLOR IS DESIGNATED AS CHIEF ASSASSIN OR 'LIQUIDATOR' BY HOWARD SOME 20 YEARS LATER FOR 'NUMBER ONE' WILFRID-HYDE WHYTE. TAYLOR'S ASSIGNMENT IS TO LIQUIDATE ANYONE CONSIDERED QUESTIONABLE BY THE INTELLIGENCE ELITE IN LONDON. THE PROBLEM WITH THIS - TAYLOR IS UNAWARE OF HIS NEW CALLING UNTIL HE HAS BEEN SEDUCED BY ELEGANT LONDON FLATS, GORGEOUS FEMME FATALES AND THE SWINGING LIFESTYLE TO GO WITH IT ALL. TAYLOR MANEUVERS AROUND THIS, WITH CONSIDERABLE SUCCESS, BY CONSIGNING HIS ASSIGNMENTS TO ASSASSIN ERIC SYKES. THIS PLOY WORKS FOR A CONSIDERABLE PERIOD UNTIL TAYLOR ARRANGES A WEEKEND IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE WITH HOWARD'S SECRETARY JILL ST. JOHN - A MOVE WHICH IS FORBIDDEN BY TAYLOR'S STATUS WITH 'THE DEPARTMENT'. ALSO KNOWN AS 'L', TAYLOR IS ULTIMATELY APPREHENDED BY SOVIET 'RESIDENT' AKIM TAMIROFF IN A PERPLEXING MAZE, LEADING BACK TO LONDON IN A PLOT INVOLVING THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH, A SECRET NEW SPY-PLANE AND THE SURPRISING REVELATION OF THE PRINCIPAL CONSPIRATOR IN THE FILM'S FINAL SCENES. TAYLOR GIVES THE CHARACTER THE NEEDED MEASURE OF CONFIDENCE AND TONGUE-IN-CHEEK CHARISMA. THE FILM WAS NOTED FOR ITS IMPRESSIVE SHOWCASE OF TALENTED BRITISH PERFORMERS, FROM HOWARD, HYDE-WHYTE TO DAVID TOMLINSON, DEREK NIMMO TO AN EARLY APPEARANCE BY SUZY KENDALL. JILL ST. JOHN IS QUITE CONVINCING AS HOWARD'S ULTRA-BRITISH SECRETARY. THE TITLE THEME BY SHIRLEY BASSEY IS HYPNOTIC, AND LALO SCHIFRIN'S SCORE ARTICULATES THE GENERAL MOOD OF THE FILM. DIRECTOR JACK CARDIFF KEEPS THE STORYLINE IN CONSTANT MOTION. ALTHOUGH FILMED IN 1965, THE LIQUIDATOR WAS NOT RELEASED UNTIL 1966, THE RESULT OF AN EXTENDED LEGAL CONFLICTS. PLANS TO FILM SEQUELS IN THE EXPLOITS OF BOYSIE OAKES (AKA THE LIQUIDATOR) BY MGM IN THE JOHN GARDNER THRILLERS, UNDERSTRIKE AND AMBER NINE WERE SUBSEQUENTLY SHELVED.

     
    4.0

    A FUN SPY ADVENTURE COMEDY SPOOF!

    By Dejael

    from Burbank, California

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    Pros

    • Engaging Characters
    • Entertaining
    • Great Cinematography
    • High Production Value
    • Original

    Cons

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      Comments about Liquidator, The:

      I saw this movie when it was first released in 1966. I enjoyed it then and still love it now. Rod Taylor is great spy material in this upper-crust spy spoof made when the original James Bond movies were so popular. He carries the movie along easily and the film has a lot of action and adventure, so I highly recommend it!

       
      4.0

      Really Fun movie !

      By J.Gabin

      from Pasadena, CA

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      Pros

      • Engaging Characters
      • Entertaining
      • Good quality transfer
      • Great Cinematography

      Cons

        Best Uses

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        Comments about Liquidator, The:

        The transfer ( widescreen all right) looks pretty good. Better than I expected. It's uneven in spots, with some softness and scratches, but generally it's a sharp,and solid image.Audio track is great too.
        HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !

        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Corney

        By Delight

        from Scottsdale, AZ

        About Me Avid Moviegoer

        Pros

        • Engaging Characters

        Cons

        • Poor Plot Development
        • Unoriginal

        Best Uses

        • At Home

        Comments about Liquidator, The:

        This film was one of many that came out mimicking James Bond. I love Rod Taylor, but I feel his talents were wasted, as the plot was poor and corney.

         
        4.0

        007 Spoof With A License To Laugh.

        By Nick at Nite

        from San Mateo, CA

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        Pros

        • Engaging Characters
        • Entertaining
        • Great Cinematography

        Cons

        • A Tad Implausible

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        Comments about Liquidator, The:

        It would be several decades before MGM and Columbia Pictures would continue Ian Fleming's James Bond saga. In the meantime, at the height of the super secret agent craze, "the Liquidator" was at the forefront. In campy zaniness, it would rival such entries as Derek Flint from "In Like Flint"/"Our Man Flint" and Napolean Solo from "the Man from U.N.C.L.E." Rod Taylor proves that he is both an adroit comic as he is a dramatic actor ("A Catered Affair"/A. Hitchcock's "The Birds").

         
        5.0

        EXCELLENT COLD WAR SPY SPOOF

        By MAROC 7

        from LOUISVILLE KY 40215

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        Pros

        • Engaging Characters
        • Entertaining
        • Great Cinematography
        • High Production Value
        • Informative
        • Original

        Cons

          Best Uses

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          • At Home
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          Comments about Liquidator, The:

          SUPERB TRANSFER OF 2.35.1 ORIGINAL ASPECT RATIO IMAGINATIVE LOCATION SHOOTING ON FRENCH RIVIERA AND CREATIVE MGM STUDIO SETS TO ENHANCE FILM'S MOOD

           
          4.0

          Mis-handled Gem

          By Ray

          from Palmdale, CA

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          Pros

          • Engaging Characters
          • Entertaining
          • Original
          • Sly Droll And Very Funny

          Cons

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            Comments about Liquidator, The:

            Only disappointment that are no special features (making of etc) or scene selection.

            The trailer demonstrates how the studio had no clue how to market the film. That, combined with over a year sitting on the shelf during a dispute between MGM and British Lion, allowed other, lesser, "spy spoofs" to get onscreen first.

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