“It’s the greatest story of the decade — and covered by a woman!”
An aspiring journalist (Diana Rigg) hires the underground Assassination Bureau to kill its own chairperson (Oliver Reed).
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Black Comedy
- Diana Rigg Films
- Oliver Reed Films
- Plot to Murder
- Telly Savalas Films
Although it’s based on a clever premise, this British farce is a disappointment on every count. Things go wrong from the very beginning of the story, when Rigg hires Reed to kill himself, and he willingly agrees — only to fob the job off onto his colleagues as a taunting excuse to murder them first. Such blatant narrative illogic kills the entire enterprise of this not-very-amusing black comedy, which ultimately has no real point. Adding insult to injury, even fans of Rigg or Reed will be disappointed: they lack any chemistry at all together:
… and Rigg’s transformation from an independent young feminist to a corset-wearing lovebird is unwelcome. Only recommended for those who enjoy fast-paced, high-color historical action flicks without much substance.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Nicely done set designs depicting turn-of-the-century Europe
No. Though Peary lists it as a cult movie in the back of his book, I doubt it still has much of a following.