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      Deadlier Than the Male

      1967 1h 38m Crime Drama List
      Reviews 62% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings When two oil company executives are found dead, insurance company investigator Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond (Richard Johnson) is brought onto the case. Soon, Drummond and his young mod nephew, Robert (Steve Carlson), are circling the globe on the trail of a pair of gorgeous assassins, Irma (Elke Sommer) and Penelope (Sylva Koscina), who dispatch important businessmen after ensnaring them with their feminine wiles. The film updates a popular 1920s British mystery series for the swinging '60s. Read More Read Less

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      Eddie Harrison film-authority.com ...Updating Drummond to the swinging 60’s is an odd fit, but plenty of dark humour in the dialogue, plus a iconic finale involving a giant, life-sized chess set... Rated: 3/5 Jan 28, 2024 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins It's unable to craft an identity of its own; it feels like a cheap copycat (or, in its shoddier moments, a parody), brimming with poor recreations of familiar gimmicks. Rated: 3/10 Aug 24, 2020 Full Review Tony Mastroianni Cleveland Press This piece of trashy nonsense is as insulting to standards of intelligence as it is to taste. Nov 15, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Not bad for a James Bond light movie. None of the big set pieces, no license to kill, and no gadgets. Same womanizing, beautiful women, cocky attitude, and super villain. The ending of the movie is not only preposterous, it contains the longest five minutes in movie history. The original setup of an insurance investigator ultimately falls by the wayside as the super villain is revealed. Still, the character is interesting and the pacing of the story maintains the audience of interest. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review bill t The big criticism I have about this is this is NOT a Bulldog Drummond movie. It's only by name. They've changed everything about him, they dropped his best friend Algee, his occupation (a retired army captain), his girlfriend.. now he's an insurance investigator, single, and is hired to investigate a series of fishy 'accidents" for claims purposes. This is, for all intent and purposes, a James Bond knockoff. It's a pretty good one, and a huge Austin Powers influence, no doubt about it. But couldn't they pick another name? Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member A poor attempt to copy Bond mania, this knock-off thinks killing people in novel ways and an agent in a Rolls-Royce convertible spells success........ It does not. But for pure retrospective interest in the era, constuming and sets, it is a time capsule look at a late sixties era never to be replicated for sure. [img]http://www.rarecultcinema.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/deadlier-418x215.png[/img] PLOT: When a top oil executive dies mysteriously aboard his private jet, the company's board suspects foul play and hires Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond to investigate. Attempts on his own life lead him to believe two lovely females are "hit men" for an international crime syndicate. [img]http://dcairns.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/vlcsnap-3456408.png[/img] "Deadlier Than the Male is a 1967 British crime and mystery film featuring the character of Bulldog Drummond. It is one of the many take-offs of James Bond produced during the 1960s but based on an established detective fiction hero."--wikipedia The best thing about the movie, besides Elke Sommer, was the title. [img]http://www.movieposter.com/posters/archive/main/22/b70-11490[/img] REVIEWS by people like us: 40% I'm a huge fan of the "Bulldog Drummond" series from the thirties and this is the first of two updatings of the character made in the sixties. 70% "Deadlier Than the Male was quite entertaining, definitely a little more campy than the Bond films of the same time period, yet I found myself enjoying... [img]http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-DDPzqjNvH50/T_kRp52nEGI/AAAAAAAAJb0/q6vxDLTuz7Y/s640/Deadlier_Than_the_Male_OS_poster_US.jpg[/img] NOTES: 1 The title is a reference to the 1911 Rudyard Kipling poem "The Female of the Species," which includes the line, "The female of the species must be deadlier than the male".... 2 In an interview, director Ralph Thomas stated that the film was intended as a pilot for a television series. It was filmed in three months with Thomas admitting he did it for "greed". [it couldn't have been for artistic value-- M.Rick] [img]https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRNJAoxjfzmciPvutKp7eB3yfSsmL2afXvWuDdKr13zIKVmgvIbSA[/img] Insurance inspector Drummond as Bond wanna-be Cast Richard Johnson as Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond Elke Sommer as Irma Eckman Sylva Koscina as Penelope Nigel Green as Carl Petersen Suzanna Leigh as Grace Steve Carlson as Robert Drummond Virginia North as Brenda Justine Lord as Miss Peggy Ashenden Leonard Rossiter as Henry Bridgenorth Laurence Naismith as Sir John Bledlow Zia Mohyeddin as King Fedra Lee Montague as Boxer Milton Reid as Chang Yasuko Nagazumi as Mitsouko Didi Sydow as Anna George Pastell as Carloggio Dervis Ward as Henry Keller John Stone as David Wyngarde William Mervyn as Chairman of the Phoenician Board [img]https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQvlOKNmdSaw_bB445A9vuDDFU385e8S6xLcEsbC9XWKOEj5cre[/img] Directed by Ralph Thomas Produced by Betty E. Box Sydney Box Written by Liz Charles-Williams David D. Osborn Jimmy Sangster Music by Malcolm Lockyer title song performed by The Walker Brothers Cinematography Ernest Steward Editing by Alfred Roome Distributed by J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors Release dates 21 February 1967 (London, premiere) Running time 98 minutes Country United Kingdom Language English SEE the entire film here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViY7CR2TSO8 [img]https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSKFWkNmZgV8IBXYpbX4Awqj7CSjvVcQht4Nmbw7dxK9q-7cw1Q[/img] Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member A surprisingly decent Eurospy flick. Probably something I'd double feature with From Russia with Love Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Super awesome fun! I wish they still made movies like this. Also, Richard Johnson = dreamboat. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member I'm a huge fan of the "Bulldog Drummond" series from the thirties and this is the first of two updatings of the character made in the sixties. I also love trashy sixties movies, in fact to me Sixties cinema is all about hot Euro-chicks, Hammer monsters, and Elvis churning out B-musicals. So why didn't I enjoy this? Well strange as it may seem it just takes itself far too seriously. Give me the tongue in cheek tone of "The Man From Uncle" anyday. Richard Johnson is well cast though as Drummond; he had rather unwisely turned down the role of James Bond for "Dr. No". Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis When two oil company executives are found dead, insurance company investigator Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond (Richard Johnson) is brought onto the case. Soon, Drummond and his young mod nephew, Robert (Steve Carlson), are circling the globe on the trail of a pair of gorgeous assassins, Irma (Elke Sommer) and Penelope (Sylva Koscina), who dispatch important businessmen after ensnaring them with their feminine wiles. The film updates a popular 1920s British mystery series for the swinging '60s.
      Director
      Ralph Thomas
      Production Co
      Universal/Universal Int
      Genre
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jun 21, 2018
      Runtime
      1h 38m
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