Carry On Spying
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|Carry On Spying|
|Directed by||Gerald Thomas|
|Produced by||Peter Rogers|
|Written by||Talbot Rothwell
|Music by||Eric Rogers|
|Editing by||Archie Ludski|
|Studio||Peter Rogers Productions/
|Release dates||June 1964|
|Running time||87 min.|
Carry On Spying is a 1964 film, the ninth in the series of Carry On films to be made. It marks Barbara Windsor's first appearance in the series. Series regulars Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey and Jim Dale are present. Bernard Cribbins makes the second of his three Carry On appearances (although it would be 28 years before he returned). Eric Barker appears for his third entry (his final appearance would be in Carry On Emmannuelle 14 years later). Dilys Laye returns after her debut in Carry On Cruising. Carry On Spying is the last Carry On film shot in black and white.
A top secret chemical formula has been stolen by STENCH (the Society for the Total Extinction of Non-Conforming Humans). Fearful of what would happen if that formula fell into the wrong hands, the Chief of the Secret Service reluctantly sends the only agent he has left, the bumbling and snide Agent Desmond Simpkins, (Kenneth Williams), and his three trainees, Agent Harold Crump, (Bernard Cribbins), Agent Daphne Honeybutt, (Barbara Windsor), and Agent Charlie Bind (Charles Hawtrey), to find the formula.
The Agents are hot on the trail, chasing the villains across the world. Their pursuit takes them to Vienna, and to Algiers. Upon the way they encounter the STENCH agents, the Fat Man and Milchmann (who stole the formula disguised as a milkman). Unfortunately the agents' lack of experience results in their contact agent, Carstairs (Jim Dale), being floored in an encounter with the Fat Man, and they also encounter the mysterious Lila (Dilys Laye), whom they are uncertain if they can trust.
- Kenneth Williams as Desmond Simkins (codename Red Admiral)
- Barbara Windsor as Daphne Honeybutt (codename Brown Cow)
- Charles Hawtrey as Charlie Bind (codename Yellow Peril)
- Bernard Cribbins as Harold Crump (codename Blue Bottle)
- Jim Dale as Carstairs
- Eric Barker as The Chief
- Richard Wattis as Cobley
- Dilys Laye as Lila
- Eric Pohlmann as The Fat Man
- Victor Maddern as Milchmann
- Judith Furse as Dr Crow
- John Bluthal as The head waiter
- Renée Houston as Madame
- Tom Clegg as Doorman
- Gertan Klauber as Code clerk
- Norman Mitchell as Native policeman
- Frank Forsyth as Professor Stark
- Derek Sydney as Algerian gent
- Jill Mai Meredith as Cigarette girl
- Angela Ellison as Cloakroom girl
- Hugh Futcher as Bed of nails native
- Norah Gordon as Elderly woman
- Jack Taylor as Thug
- Bill Cummings as Thug
- Anthony Baird as Guard
- Patrick Durkin as Guard
- Virginia Tyler as Funhouse girl
- Judi Johnson as Funhouse girl
- Gloria Best as Funhouse girl
- Audrey Wilson as Amazon guard
- Vicky Smith as Amazon guard
- Jane Lumb as Amazon guard
- Marian Collins as Amazon guard
- Sally Douglas as Amazon guard
- Christine Rodgers as Amazon guard
- Maya Koumani as Amazon guard
- Screenplay – Talbot Rothwell & Sid Colin
- Music – Eric Rogers
- Songs – "Too Late" by Alex Alstone & Geoffrey Parsons and "The Magic of Love" by Eric Rogers
- Associate Producer – Frank Bevis
- Art Director – Alex Vetchinsky
- Director of Photography – Alan Hume
- Editor – Archie Ludski
- Camera Operator – Godfrey Godar
- Assistant Director – Peter Bolton
- Unit Manager – Donald Toms
- Continuity – Penny Daniels
- Hairdressing – Biddy Chrystal
- Sound Editor – Christopher Lancaster
- Sound Recordists – CC Stevens & Bill Daniels
- Costume Designer – Yvonne Caffin
- Make-up – WT Partleton
- Producer – Peter Rogers
- Director – Gerald Thomas
Albert R. Broccoli, the producer of the James Bond film series, objected to the character name "James Bind agent 006½" (intended for Charles Hawtrey) and threatened legal action. Producer Peter Rogers therefore changed the name to Charlie and the agent's code number to double 0 – ooh! Poster artist Tom Chantrell also had to modify the poster when similar complaints were voiced that the artwork was too similar to From Russia with Love.
The film pokes fun at various spy movies, James Bond being the least of them. They include The Third Man (coincidentally, Eric Pohlmann – who played The Fat Man – also had a minor part in The Third Man), and Casablanca. One or two of Crow's female assistants wear hairstyles similar to that of Modesty Blaise, whose adventures had started in the London Evening Standard the previous year.
Filming and locations
- Filming dates – 8 February-13 March 1964
- Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire
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