Colonel Mostyn is the chief of a section of the British Security Services when they are embarrassed by the number of spies and defections. The Chief tells him to do something about it so he hires Boys Oaks as Agent L – The Liquidator, to assassinate people about to cause trouble. Although Boys likes the cars and the girls that his new position attracts he’s not any good at it. He’s also got a phobia about flying that makes jetting off to exotic places a bit of an embarrassment.
One of the Funniest Cold War Fare from the 1960’s
One reviewer here wrote that this film was a poor excursion for the lead actor, Rod Taylor. I do honestly believe it to be one of his best comedy outings in his career. True, the film does lag a bit about two thirds of the way through, but its premise is solid.
One simply has to regard the film in the light of the the times it represents; which is the social environment of the late 1940’s to the mid 1970’s when the Cold War eventually ended. And one has to have some sense of how the Cold War era was, in itself, an exercise in the futility of bringing a major war to an end on a slow boil.
Therefore, I regard such claims as it not being humorous, or a lame attempt at such, being the inability of someone too young to have experienced the times.
Keep in mind that my generation (born in 1939) participated in ‘take-cover’ drills in our elementary classrooms, as serious protection from a nuclear bomb blast.
When given the signal, we kids were instructed to dive under our classroom desks, and to cover our heads with our hands until the all clear was given.
In reality, if the bomb was indeed dropped anywhere nearby, all ‘take -cover would have accomplished was to yield – all gone! Yes, it was taken seriously by just about everyone.
Knowing this, it is easily understood why actual spy agencies on our side, and behind the Iron Curtain countries actually generated such extremes as history reveals of this era – as serious exercises.
Knowing this, simply sit back, relax your serious muscles, expose your humor muscles and enjoy this delightful film in the vein it was intended.