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  Carry On Spying Double O.... Ooohhh!
Year: 1964
Director: Gerald Thomas
Stars: Kenneth Williams, Barbara Windsor, Charles Hawtrey, Bernard Cribbins, Eric Barker, Jim Dale, Richard Wattis, Eric Pohlmann, Dilys Laye, John Bluthal
Genre: ComedyBuy from Amazon
Rating:  7 (from 3 votes)
Review: Carry On #9 turned its attention to the next most popular and lasting British film series - James Bond. And as a parody of all things Bond, this works really well.

The excellent Talbot Rothwell script is delivered superbly by a top team of stars, including Kenneth Williams, Barbara Windsor, Charles Hawtrey, and Bernard Cribbins as the clumsily successful group of secret agents whose latest mission is to battle against the evils of STENCH and recover the secret formula stolen by the cunning Milchmann from under the noses of the security forces.

With names such as James Bind, Daphne Honeybutt, and The Fat Man ("Description - Male, Fat.") you know that the level and consistency of the jokes will be best described as thick and fast. And the scenes where our heroes get to grips with The Fat Man (Eric Pohlmann) in the kasbah (including Bernard Cribbins as the least-convincing drag-act I think has ever been seen on screen) and the evil Dr Crow in her secret lair are fast-paced and frenetic. What they do achieve, to great effect, is to capture the mood and style of the early sixties spy thrillers almost as well as Carry On Screaming would do with Hammer Horrors two years later.

Williams and Hawtrey are very good as agents Simkins (the experienced one) and Bind (the effeminate one), whilst Barbara Windsor's first appearance in a Carry On is memorable, and not just for setting the tone of all her other appearances. Bernard Cribbins reprised his clumsy male lead role from Carry On Jack, and whilst the result is enjoyable, after this film the role of young romantic male lead went to Jim Dale, and in fairness to them both, Dale was better in this type of role. In Spying, he puts in some great cameo moments as the 'official' spy Carstairs, and proved his worth to the production team, probably winning the chance to star in the next outing, Carry On Cowboy, in which he excelled.

This is one of the best Carry On films there are.
Reviewer: Paul Shrimpton

 

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Gerald Thomas  (1920 - 1993)

British director responsible for every film in the Carry On series. Started as an assistant editor before debuting with the childrens' film Circus Friends. Thriller Timelock followed, but the success of 1958’s bawdy Carry On Sergeant launched one of the most successful series in British cinema. Thomas directed 30 Carry On films up until 1978’s Carry On Emmannuelle, returning in 1992 to deliver his final film, Carry On Columbus. Other films include the Carry On-esque Nurse on Wheels and The Big Job, plus the big screen version of Bless this House.

 
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