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The Assassination Bureau (1969)

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
Olaf Pooley
as Swiss Cashier
Victor Kendall
as Clients at Mme. Otero's
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 (6) | Top Critics (3)

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

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

None too witty black comedy.

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

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

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 31, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

August 18, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A cinematic curio, but also a delightful souvenir of the 60s.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Assassination Bureau


Although the film had a plot, it lacked a structure. Just Oliver Reed and Diana Rigg hopscotching across Europe.

John Tandlich
John Tandlich

While I enjoyed the film, I can't help but think it could have been much more than it was. An excellent cast with a simple, but fun, plot concept should have made an all-around better film, but it's still enjoyable for what it is. And anything with Diana Rigg (especially a young Diana Rigg) is worth checking out.

Will Hoffman
Will Hoffman

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

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