|DANGER ROUTE (THE ELIMINATOR) (director: Seth Holt; screenwriters: Meade Roberts; Camera Harry Waxma, .based on the novel The Eliminator by Andrew York; cinematographer: Harry Waxman; editor: Oswald Hafenrichter; music: John Mayer; cast: Diana Dors (Rhoda), Sylvia Syms (Barbara Canning), Richard Johnson (Jonas Wilde), Sam Wanamaker ( Lucinda), Harry Andrews (Canning), Barbara Bouchet (Mari), Carol Lynley (Jocelyn), Gordon Jackson (Stern), Maurice Denham (Ravenspur); Runtime: 91; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Max J. Rosenberg, Milton Subotsky; United Artists; 1967-UK)|
and thoughtful, but convoluted adventure film."
by Dennis Schwartz
Holt ("The Nanny"/"Blood from the Mummy's
Tomb"/"Monsieur Lecoq") directs this
thrilling and thoughtful, but convoluted adventure
film. It aims for a mix of levity and action, ala
James Bond. The writer Meade Roberts goes far afield
from the central plot with many subplots, and thereby
the narrative never recovers enough to make sense. It's
based on the popular spy novel The Eliminator by
successfully completing a mission, British secret
agent, the karate expert, Jonas Wilde (Richard
Johnson), tells his boss, Canning (Harry
Andrews), he will resign. Canning talks him into one
more mission, to eliminate a Soviet scientist
defector that the Americans have in their custody
before he can pass on his secrets to them.
is helped by his housekeeper Rhoda (Diana Dors), and
eliminates the target. But the CIA capture him, and
its agent Lucinda (Sam Wanamaker) grills
him. Then Wilde escapes, but can't locate his boss.
Now accompanied by Barbara (Sylvia Syms),
Canning's wife, they go to the Channel
Islands, the boss's home base. Brit agent Stern
(Gordon Jackson) informs Wilde that not
only has Canning vanished but British agent Peter
Ravenspur (Maurice Denham) has
been murdered. Running into a nest of
double-agents, Wilde must kill them before returning
safely to London, where he also must kill his
untrustworthy girlfriend Jocelyn (Carol
Lynley) who is in cahoots with the
traitors. Canning reappears when things return to
normal and urges Wilde to not resign but go
undercover, flattering him by saying he's too valuable
for the agency to lose.
REVIEWED ON 3/11/2016 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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