From a Francis Clifford novel, writer Stanley Mann has fashioned a dullsville script, based on premise that British Intelligence cannot assign one of its own to murder a defector to Russia.
Instead, Frank Sinatra, a Second World War spy now a businessman-widower, is dragooned into service, and by events, deliberately staged, is goaded into killing the defector. Not only British Intelligence, but anybody’s intelligence, is likely to be affronted by this potboiler.
Sinatra, whose personal magnetism and acting ability are unquestioned, is shot down by script. Peter Vaughan overacts part as the British agent.
The Naked Runner
Warner/Sinatra. Director Sidney J. Furie; Producer Brad Dexter; Screenplay Stanley Mann; Camera Otto Heller; Editor Barrie Vince; Music Harry Sukman; Art Director Peter Proud
(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 104 MIN.
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