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The Liquidator Details


This parody brings a new sort of jet-set secret agent to the screen -- one who hates flying, is afraid to shoot people, and would rather stay at home! Col. Mostyn (Trevor Howard) is the head of a special branch of British intelligence who is appalled to discover that a number of his best agents are either leaving the force or have turned out to be traitors. It is decided that Mostyn and his men need a special agent to ferret out those who leave his employ while knowing too much and silence them permanently. Mostyn decides the right man for the job is his old army buddy Boysie Oakes (Rod Taylor), but there's a bit of a problem -- while the job requires a globe-trotting assassin who can stare calmly into the face of death, Oakes is a mild-mannered fun seeker who is terrified of airplanes and faints at the sight of blood. None of this dissuades Mostyn, who still gives Oakes the assignment, but when he finds out that flying and guns are a big part of his new job, he hires someone else to do the dirty work for him. Oakes eventually develops a taste for the cars, women, gadgets, and danger of his new career, but the real acid test comes when he actually has to go on an assignment himself. The Liquidator was directed by Jack Cardiff, who along with a respected career as a director was one of the most distinguished cinematographers in the British cinema, lensing such classics as Jack Cardiff, Jack Cardiff, and Jack Cardiff. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Rod Taylor
as Boysie Oakes
Trevor Howard
as Col. Mostyn
Jill St. John
as Iris MacIntosh
Wilfrid Hyde-White
as Chief
David Tomlinson
as Quadrant
Eric Sykes
as Griffen
Akim Tamiroff
as Sheriek
John Le Mesurier
as Chekhov
Derek Nimmo
as Fly
Jeremy Lloyd
as Young Man
Jennifer Jayne
as Janice Benedict
Betty McDowall
as Frances Anne
Colin Gordon
as Vicar
Louise Dunn
as Jessie
Henri Cogan
as Yakov
Daniel Emilfork
as Gregory
Richard Wattis
as Flying Instructor
Suzy Kendall
as Judith
Jo Rowbottom
as Betty
Gabriella Licudi
as Corale
Scot Finch
as Operation Officer
Ronald Leigh-Hunt
as Mac
David Langton
as Station Commander
Scot Finch
as Operation Officer
Ronald Leigh-Hunt
as Mac
Gabriella Licudi
as Corale
Jo Rowbottom
as Betty


Jack Cardiff
Peter Yeldham
Edward Scaife
Lalo Schifrin
Musical Direction/Supervision
Lalo Schifrin
Composer (Music Score)
Ernest Walter
John Blezard
Art Director
Harry Fine
Associate Producer
Joan Bridge
Costume Designer
Elizabeth Haffenden
Costume Designer