The Liquidator

This spy yarn features Boysie Oakes, a creation of John Gardner. Peter Yeldham's screenplay and Jack Cardiff's direction combine plenty of action and some crisp wisecracking.

With:
Rod Taylor Trevor Howard Jill St John Wilfrid Hyde White David Tomlinson Akim Tamiroff

This spy yarn features Boysie Oakes, a creation of John Gardner. Peter Yeldham’s screenplay and Jack Cardiff’s direction combine plenty of action and some crisp wisecracking.

Where Boysie Oakes (Rod Taylor) is different from his [1960s] counterparts is that he is neither a pro undercover agent nor an enthusiastic amateur with a flair. In fact, he is a vulnerable sort of guy who hates killing. An ex-sergeant who accidentally saves Trevor Howard’s life, he is conned into joining the service by Howard (Security’s No 2).

He compromises by hiring a professional killer to do the dirty work for him, an angle which has promise as a film plot. But this fairly quickly gets sidetracked when Oakes takes ‘No 2’s’ lush secretary for a dirty week- end on the Riviera.

There are plenty of holes in the plot, but no matter. The vulnerable Oakes is played with plenty of charm and guts by Taylor, though he hardly suggests a character with such fundamental failings and frailties as Boysie.

The Liquidator

UK

Production: M-G-M. Director Jack Cardiff; Producer Jon Pennington; Screenplay Peter Yeldham; Camera Ted Scaife; Editor Ernest Walter; Music Lalo Schifrin; Art Director John Blezard

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1966. Running time: 104 MIN.

With: Rod Taylor Trevor Howard Jill St John Wilfrid Hyde White David Tomlinson Akim Tamiroff

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