Janne the Director’s Favorite Rare Movies Top 100 List #42: The Assassination Bureau (1969)
42. The Assassination Bureau (1969)
This is just an awesome film!
The production design is cooler than cool and speaking of cooler than cool; Oliver Reed is playing a slick badass who knows he is a slick badass.
It doesn’t matter that he sweats after walking a flight of stairs and you can’t miss that he is wearing a tight corset – because he still owns every frame he graces.
He is like James Bond in a movie that is more Bond than Bond was at that time. Not only because Diana Mrs. Bond Rigg and Telly Blofeld Savalas is in it (the same year as they did their immortal Bond duties) – Curd ultimate film nazi Jürgens is here eight years before he FINALLY got to be a Bond villain.
I just love these silly adventure movies from this era. Movies that is silly fantastic in a way that can’t be done these days unless it is in the form of a spoof. Sure, this is probably a spoof too but it stands on its own two legs and CARRIES the genre it’s playing around with and isn’t supported by it. Kinda like Cat Ballou or Royal Flash.
This might be one of the better looking ones though thanks to a set design from heaven; Diana Rigg, Diana Rigg in fantastic costumes, everybody else in fantastic costumes and fantastic costumes.
The action takes us from one location more beautiful than the other all the way to the bitter end. And it is bitter… because it completely fails at finishing the awesomeness it builds up for. Sure, it’s a classic action piece suitable for a Bond movie but… it just starts too cool that you would need the H-bomb of cool as a finish to leave me satisfied.
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