October 11, 2013


Screen Archives Entertainment has announced some exciting new releases! In addition to the new Agente X 1-7 Operacion Oceano soundtrack, Spy Vibers will be excited to hear that the Diana Rigg/Oliver Reed cult classic The Assassination Bureau (1968) is now available as a DVD-on-demand. From SAE: "Oliver Reed and Diana Rigg head an impeccable cast in The Assassination Bureau, a spirited caper inspired by a book co-written by Jack London. Reed plays Ivan, the self-confident chief of an association of hitmen for hire, who will refuse no well-paid offer - especially the lucrative challenge of an aspiring reporter (Rigg). Reasoning that a running cat-and-mouse duel with his henchmen will rid the organization of incompetents, Ivan agrees to become the object of a nonstop hunt. The game is afoot...and Europe is the playground!" This film has been long out-of-print. I saw it once as a kid, but as an Avengers fan, I was thrown by seeing Rigg in a new role (and in period costumes). I look forward to seeing it with a new perspective. Diana Rigg and Telly Savalas saw a lot of each other that year (the two also starred in On Her Majesty's Secret Service/1969). More info about The Assassination Bureau at Screen Archive Entertainment here. The movie is streaming on Amazon here. Movie still below from Canal Plus.

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