The Assassination Bureau


The Assassination Bureau (1969)



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The Assassination Bureau is loosely based on a turn-of-the-century yarn written by Jack London. Nellie Bly-style girl reporter Sonya Winter (Diana Rigg) tries to get the goods on shady businessman Ivan Dragomiloff (Oliver Reed). Ivan is in charge of a wide-reaching organization which, for a price, assassinates those who "need killing." As a challenge, Sonya offers to pay Ivan a huge sum if he'll instruct his minions to assassinate him; Ivan agrees, hoping that it will put a little kick in his work. Despite his profession, Ivan isn't the villain of the piece; that honor goes to evil nobleman Lord Bostwick (Telly Savalas), whose perfidy leads Sonya into joining forces with the Assassination Bureau. A wild climactic chase in a zeppelin caps this tongue-in-cheek escapade.

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Oliver Reed
as Ivan Dragomiloff
Diana Rigg
as Sonya Winter
Telly Savalas
as Lord Bostwick
Curd Jürgens
as Gen. von Pinck
Philippe Noiret
as Lucoville
Beryl Reid
as Mme. Otero
Clive Revill
as Cesare Sado
George Coulouris
as Swiss Peasant
Katherine Kath
as Mme. Lucoville
Eugene Deckers
as Desk Clerk
Victor Kendall
as Clients at Mme. Otero's
Olaf Pooley
as Swiss Cashier
Michael Wolf
as Officer
Gordon Sterne
as Corporal
Peter Bowles
as Clients at Mme. Otero
William Kendall
as Clients at Mme. Otero'
Jeremy Lloyd
as English Officer
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Critic Reviews for The Assassination Bureau

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Entire cast play their respective roles broadly and each gives a good account of himself.

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

None too witty black comedy.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

It's never as funny as it looks, but it's a pleasant enough ride if you like your companions.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

The Assassination Bureau is a mild, amiable entertainment, arousing at most a mild literary curiosity.

Jul 9, 2018 | Full Review…

A not as clever a black comedy as it might think.

Jan 31, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Amusing, but with those stars it ought to be better than it is.

Aug 18, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The Assassination Bureau


Fun spoof of spy/action flicks that knows how to use historical events in a clever way. Reed and Savalas are excelent, and Rigg a beauty and the best eye candy a movie could have.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

Delightful black comedy with the handsome Reed and the comely Diana Rigg a fun pair of leads. The bad guys are dispatched in ridiculous but entertaining ways and there is a sense that everyone is enjoying themselves which adds to your enjoyment of the film.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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