Carry On Spying (1964)

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A top secret chemical formula has been stolen by STENCH (the Society for the Total Extinction of Non-Conforming Humans), and so Agent Simpkins and his three trainees are hot on the trail, ... See full summary »


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  • Eric Pohlmann and Barbara Windsor in Carry On Spying (1964)
  • Barbara Windsor in Carry On Spying (1964)
  • Bernard Cribbins in Carry On Spying (1964)
  • Sally Douglas in Carry On Spying (1964)
  • Bernard Cribbins and Barbara Windsor in Carry On Spying (1964)
  • Dilys Laye and Kenneth Williams in Carry On Spying (1964)

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12 June 2012 | alexandra-25
A spoof of British eccentricity
An audience may be forgiven for viewing Carry on Spying as a spoof of an eclectic range of spy films. However, in fact this is a mistaken view. Films such as The Third Man (1949), Casablanca,(1942), The Lady Vanishes (1938) and James Bond are all borrowed in order to spoof British culture; the eccentricity of the British and our view of the world, particularly during the Cold War era. Moreover, the film suggests that as Brits we are not afraid to send up ourselves and, moreover, that we have a sense of humour, thereby detracting from the'stiff upper lip' persona.

Acting wise the ' Carry On' team performed well, and were particularly adept at stereotyping British eccentrics. The message they conveyed via their respective acting roles in the film was to look on the bright side of life! The film has broad appeal to those interested in the genres of thrillers, spy, or comedy. Moreover it will appeal to film buffs of the black and white genre.

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Trivia

Shares a number of story elements with the James Bond movie The Living Daylights (1987) made twenty five years later. They both have major settings in Vienna, Austria; North Africa and England. This film has a setting in Algiers, Algeria whereas The Living Daylights (1987) has a setting in Tangiers, Morocco. They both feature an enemy agent invading an English intelligence facility utilizing exploding milk bottles. They also both feature a dummy stand with a coat and hat as a camouflage trick. Further, this film utilized a restaurant table tape-recording ruse seventeen years before it was seen in the James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only (1981).


Quotes

Desmond Simpkins: Oh, Vienna! Lovely! I've always wanted to see Vienna before I die.
The Chief: With a bit of luck, you'll do both.


Goofs

When they are trying to escape the S.T.E.N.C.H HQ, Kenneth Williams drops one of the two spools of tape. The scene cuts away for a few seconds and when it shows them again, all of the tape has been collected up and both spools are back in his hands.


Alternate Versions

A scene - apparently now lost - shows Agent Bind stopping to feed money into a fruit machine as the other recruits are escaping the fun house. It would seem that all existing prints of "Spying" now fade out just before this occurs but there is anecdotal evidence suggesting that this full version had been shown on British TV at least once during the 70s.


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THE MAGIC OF LOVE
by
Eric Rogers
Sung by Dilys Laye (uncredited)

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