Carry On Spying


Carry On Spying

Overview:

Carry On favourite Barbara Windsor makes her debut in this outrageous send-up of the James Bond movies. Fearless agent Desmond Simpkins and James Bind, aided and abetted by the comely Agent Honeybutt and Agent Crump, battle against the evil powers of international bad guys STENCH and their three cronies.

Votes 16 (6.4/10)

Runtime: 87 minutes

Release Date 1964-06-01

Tagline: Cloak And Dagger Operations Exposed. Secret Agent Charlie Bind O.O.O.H! Takes The Lid Off The Funniest Spy Story Of The Year!

Production company:

  • Peter Rogers Productions
  • Warner-Pathé Distributors

Production country:

  • United Kingdom

Genres:

  • Comedy

Trailer

Further Information

Desmond Simkins
Kenneth Williams
Kenneth Williams
Daphne Honeybutt
Barbara Windsor
Barbara Windsor
Harold Crump
Bernard Cribbins
Bernard Cribbins
Charlie Bind
Charles Hawtrey
Charles Hawtrey
The Chief
Eric Barker
Eric Barker
Lila
Dilys Laye
Dilys Laye
Carstairs
Jim Dale
Jim Dale
Cobley
Richard Wattis
Richard Wattis
The Fat Man
Eric Pohlmann
Eric Pohlmann
Milchmann
Victor Maddern
Victor Maddern
Doctor Crow
Judith Furse
Judith Furse
Head Waiter
John Bluthal
John Bluthal
Madame
Renée Houston
Renée Houston
Thug
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
Director
Gerald Thomas
Gerald Thomas
Screenplay
Talbot Rothwell
Talbot Rothwell

John Chard

I expected you to be a man... or a woman. The 9th in the Carry On series, and the last to be filmed in black and white, is one of the best. It finds the gang kind of biting the hand that feeds them, Pinewood. The home of James Bond was also the home of the Carry On mob, so with Peter Rogers, Gerald Thomas and Talbot Rothwell spying an opportunity to spoof 007, they did so, whilst also revelling in the chance for some film noir dalliances, notably The Third Man. The cast is this time headed up by Kenneth Williams, Barbara Windsor (making her Carry On debut), Bernard Cribbins and Charles Hawtrey. They are four less than stellar operatives for British Intelligence tasked with retrieving a top secret formula that has been stolen by STENCH. During their mission they are helped by Carstairs (Jim Dale), and just who or what is the mysterious organisation known as SNOG? Are they friends or in league with the evil Dr. Crow? Though dotted throughout with some written innuendo, "Spying" is still in touch with the more genial comedy that was evident in the early years - particularly the black and whites. This is good honest comedy, with visual exuberance and witty repartee the order of the day. Watching it now you find it holds up very well, sure it's a bit fruity and nutty, but a freshness exists here and it lets some damn fine actors loose to show their respective skills. It also looks terrific, the noir photography by Alan Hume sparkling. A prime Carry On movie for those who prefer their Carry On's more knowingly jolly than the later bawdy entries. 9/10

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