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OSS 117: Mission for a Killer

OSS 117: Mission for a Killer

A Feature film by André Hunebelle

Produced by Production Artistique et Cinématographique (PAC)

Release in France : 02/07/1965

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Actors (23)

Production and distribution (5)

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Compagnie Industrielle et Commerciale Cinématographique (CICC)

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O.S.S 117 (Frederick Stafford) is an American CIA operative who is sent to South America to thwart the attempt of a group of underground subversives who want to take over the world. Although classified as a Bond-style spy feature, it lacks the humor and gloss of other films of the genre. Location shots from Brazil are impressive as the sight of routine gun battles.



This was director Andre Hunebelle's third crack at OSS 117, the hero of Jean Bruce's novels, and we consider it probably his best effort. OSS 117 Mission For a Killer has a lot going for it. Among them is Frederick Stafford. He's just right as the smart and tough Hubert Bonnisseur de la Bath. He has an easy air of capability about him and we were surprised to learn that this was his first film credit. Stafford, who died in a plane crash in 1979, played the same role in OSS 117 From Tokyo With Love and he made one other spy flick in the sixties; Agent 505 - Death Trap Beirut.

After four political assassinations occur inside a month, all perpetrated by drug-induced innocents, Stafford is sent to Rio to track down the source of the narcotic. Since it's Rio, we are treated to the prerequisite Carnival footage but it doesn't take up too much time. The Latin-inflected score by Michel Magne is just fine and in fact, blends well with the Rio and Bahia area locations. The film has plenty of action, good fights and intentional humor. Overall this is a superior example of the genre and well worth seeking out.

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Full credits (18)

Assistant directors :

Jacques Besnard, Michel Lang

Dialogue Writer :

Jean Halain

Producers :

André Hunebelle, Paul Cadéac

Foreign producers :

Luciano Ercoli, Pietro Bregni, Marcello Danon

Director of Photography :

Marcel Grignon

Production Manager :

Paul Cadéac

Continuity supervisor :

Charlotte Lefèvre-Pecqueux

Art Director :

Henri Sonois

Stunt performers :

Claude Carliez, Yvan Chiffre

Adapters/dialogue writers :

Jean Halain, Pierre Foucaud

Author of original work :

Jean Bruce

Screenwriters :

Pierre Foucaud, André Hunebelle, Jean Halain

Voice :

Jean-Pierre Ducos, Jacques Marin, Pierre Collet

Sound Recordist :

René-Christian Forget

Editor :

Jean Feyte

Production Designer :

Paul-Louis Boutié

Music Composer :

Michel Magne

Costume designer :

Mireille Leydet

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Feature film

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1 h 39 min

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