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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


    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.

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    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

    Adaptation :

    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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    1 h 39 min

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