Permission to Kill

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Permission to Kill
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Original film poster
Directed by Cyril Frankel
Produced by Paul Mills
Written by Robin Estridge
Starring Dirk Bogarde,
Ava Gardner,
Bekim Fehmiu
Music by Richard Rodney Bennett
Cinematography Freddie Young
Edited by Ernest Walter
Distributed by AVCO Embassy Pictures
Release dates
20 November 1975 (United Kingdom)
Running time
93 min
Country Austria, UK, USA
Language English

Permission to Kill, also known as The Executioner, is a 1975 spy film thriller made by Sascha-Verleih and distributed by AVCO Embassy Pictures. It was directed by Cyril Frankel and produced by Paul Mills from a screenplay by Robin Estridge. The film had original music by Richard Rodney Bennett and the cinematography was by Freddie Young.

The film stars Dirk Bogarde, Ava Gardner and Bekim Fehmiu with Timothy Dalton, Nicole Calfan and Frederic Forrest.

The film is an Austrian-British-American co-production and was shot on location in Gmunden, Austria.


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