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Deadlier than the Male
Richard Johnson is Bulldog Drummond, a freelance investigator who attracts the attention of a pair of deadly female assassins, played by Elke Sommer and Sylva Koscina.
Detective drama 1966 98 mins
Director: Ralph Thomas
Richard Johnson resurrects the character of vintage adventurer Bulldog Drummond, a former soldier and freelance fixer who’s hired to investigate a corrupt industrialist and his troublesome cohorts, a pair of deadly female assassins (played by Elke Sommer and Sylva Koscina).
Originally a hit spy series in the 1920s and 1930s (in print and on film), Drummond was revived in the wake of the success of the James Bond series, for this and a further ‘60s escapade, Some Girls Do.
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The Ipcress File
Crime 1965 108 mins Director: Sidney J. Furie
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Drama 1950 85 mins Director: Roy Ward Baker
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The Spy in Black
War 1939 79 mins Director: Michael Powell
A masterful thriller with true flair, The Spy In Black has a much larger importance: it threw Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger together for the first time.
Crime 1967 88 mins Director: Gerry O'Hara
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Thriller 1936 77 mins Director: Alfred Hitchcock
A cinema owner works with a ring of terrorists, with drastic effects on his wife and her brother, in Hitchcock’s London-set thriller.
Thriller 1936 83 mins Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Long before James Bond, Alfred Hitchcock tried the story of a suave spy.
Directed by Ralph Thomas
The Wild and the Willing
Drama 1962 109 mins Director: Ralph Thomas
Ian McShane and John Hurt made their feature film debuts in this swinging 1960s drama centring on a group of students and their sexual exploits and escapades.
Quest for Love
Romance 1971 87 mins Director: Ralph Thomas
This British sci-fi comedy, adapted from a John Wyndham story, follows a man’s search to find the ideal woman whom he briefly meets in a parallel universe.
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Documentary 2017 81 mins Director: Christopher Ian Smith
From Utopian dreams to concrete realities; charting the challenging, funny, and sometimes tragic story of the British new town of Basildon, Essex.
The Old Dark House
Comedy 1932 72 mins Director: James Whale
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