|Directed by||Dick Clement|
|Written by||Dick Clement|
|Music by||Stanley Myers|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|March 11, 1969|
Tom Courtenay plays Gerald Arthur "Gerry" Otley, a charming but feckless young drifter who scrapes a living from selling antiques in trendy 1960s London. Gerry's responsibility-free life suddenly takes a serious turn, when he finds himself caught up in a round of murder, espionage and quadruple crossing. He is himself mistaken for a spy; is kidnapped and detained several times; and becomes romantically involved with a foreign agent (Romy Schneider) working for British Intelliegence.
The exterior action takes place in a number of recognisable London locations: the area around Portobello Rd street market in Notting Hill; a houseboat colony near Cheyne Walk in Chelsea; the 1957 Bowater House at Knightsbridge; the Playboy in Park Lane; and the old Unilever Milk depot in Wood Lane, W12. A wide range of period British vehicles is featured: Otley drives an E-Type Jaguar, a Ford Anglia and an early 1960s passenger coach, and his disastrous driving test, which turns into an epic car chase, involves a driving-school Vauxhall Viva and a Ford Zephyr.
The film, whose interiors were shot at Shepperton Studios, marked the directorial debut of Dick Clement. He and Ian La Frenais, famous as a team for their television writing in "The Likely Lads" and "Porridge", based their screenplay on a book by Martin Waddell. It was released by Columbia Pictures.
- Tom Courtenay as Gerald Arthur Otley - "Gerry"
- Romy Schneider as Imogen
- Alan Badel as Sir Alec Hadrian
- James Villiers as Hendrickson
- Leonard Rossiter as Johnson
- Freddie Jones as Philip Proudfoot
- Fiona Lewis as Lin
- James Bolam as Albert
- James Cossins as Geffcock
- James Maxwell as Rollo
- Edward Hardwicke as Lambert
- Ronald Lacey as Curtis
- Phyllida Law as Jean
- Geoffrey Bayldon as Inspector Hewett
- Frank Middlemass as Bruce
- Crist, Judith. This Week's Movies. TV Guide, North Carolina Edition, 9–15 December 1972, pg A-4
- Otley at the Internet Movie Database
- Don Partridge co-wrote and performed the title music Homeless Bones, which was also released as the "B" side of his single Colour My World (1969)
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