The Assassination Bureau (1969 United Kingdom)

‘The Assassination Bureau Ltd.’ was an incomplete novel by Jack London. The 1969 film version was produced by Michael Relph and directed by Basil Dearden. Crusading journalist Sonya Winter (Diana Rigg) uncovers the existence of a secret society of hired assassins operating at the turn of the 19th century. Their founder is cocksure Russian nobleman Ivan Dragomiloff (Oliver Reed). He is hired by Sonya to murder…himself. Feeling the Bureau to have become complacent, he accepts the challenge. Sounds like quite an ominous plot!
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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969 United Kingdom)

Assignment number six for the 007 franchise was the most controversial. Mr Connery had gone AWOL and United Artists waved their cheque books at every casting studio, trying to find the right replacement.  What they got was an Aussie model who had starred in a chocolate bar commercial. But, despite the million naysayers, I think he was a rather good Bond. His voice, for instance, was deeper than Pierce Brosnan’s. He had more youth (far more!) and testosterone than that smirking dinner jacket, Roger Moore. You can believe Georgie is doing those stunts – because he is. His lack of experience makes him more real. He seems a little unsure of himself, which is the Bond of Fleming’s novels. And we even get a love story. Just to make us feel icky. Anyway, this one ends in tears, which was a first. [Read more…]

Rebecca (1997 United Kingdom)

rebecca_03With this superb 1997 adaptation, you are able to see a more deeper version of both Max and the second Mrs. DeWinter’s characters played by Charles Dance and Emilia Fox. You see that they are in love in this version whereas in the Hitchcock version, it’s not so obvious. You also get a better sense of Mrs. Danvers’ character who you almost feel sorry for in this adaptation. Additionally, you’ll see a few glimpses of what the beautiful Rebecca might look like. [Read more…]

THE AVENGERS (1965-1967 UK)

tumblr_magrwlB6qe1qaxluno1_500No TV series can summon up the 1960s better than this one. Other shows tried to imitate it, but never successfully. How could they, when The Avengers itself finally lost it after a two year peak. Patrick MacNee (as John Steed) had a devilish charm while Diana Rigg (as Emma Peel) combined beauty and brains. There have been other side-kicks for Steed in different incarnations of the series, but they never gelled like his relationship with Mrs Peel did. [Read more…]

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