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Bulldog Drummond Double Bill : Deadlier Than The Male / Some Girls Do [1966] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Richard Johnson, Daliah Lavi, Beba Loncar, James Villiers, Vanessa Howard
  • Directors: Ralph Thomas
  • Writers: David D. Osborn, Gerard Fairlie, Herman C. McNeile, Liz Charles-Williams
  • Producers: Betty E. Box, James H. Ware
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Aug. 2005
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009YVDBW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,076 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Double-bill of classic espionage action, starring Richard Johnson as British adventurer Bulldog Drummond. In 'Deadlier Than the Male' (1966), when a group of seductively beautiful women start committing a series of political assassinations, Bulldog Drummond is called in to investigate. Before long Drummond has determined that his old rival Carl Petersen (Nigel Green) is responsible, and the scene is set for a taut confrontation in Petersen's isloated castle. 'Some Girls Do' (1969) sees Drummond trying to track down Petersen (James Villiers) before he can destroy a top-secret experimental fighter aircraft being tested by the British military. What Drummond hasn't reckoned with are Petersen's gang of deadly female androids who will stop at nothing to protect their master.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 14 Jun. 2009
Format: DVD
1967's Deadlier Than the Male is the kind of film that Mike Meyers must have loved growing up, reinventing Sapper's Bulldog Drummond for the swinging Sixties as a James Bond-style insurance investigator-cum-superspy in a plot filled with killer cigars, giant chessmen, female assassins and delightfully fey villainy from Nigel Green and casting one-time Bond candidate Richard Johnson in the lead. Unfortunately he's saddled with an American nephew in a futile attempt to catch a slice of the US market, while Suzanna Leigh, badly dubbed and moving with all the grace of a docker, scowl permanently in place, is hardly anybody's idea of a Bond girl. But against that there's Elke Sommer's enthusiastic sadist and light fingered nympho Sylvia Koscina offing various oil executives, the film makes swinging 60s London look great and it's as stylish as a vintage Avengers episode, offering lots of fun without ever outstaying its welcome.

Sadly, the sequel, Some Girls Do, does just that, and surprisingly quickly. More a rehash than a sequel, simply swapping oil for planes in what desperately wants to be a British version of an Our Man Flint film but doesn't even come close to being a British In Like Flint. This time Drummond's ditched the nephew but is saddled with Ronnie Stevens' awfully nice embassy official-cum-bodyguard ("Call me Butch") and Sydne Rome's kooky ditz following him around like a lovesick puppydog. As if that weren't enough, the film constantly undermines him at every turn, be it a bad knee that makes him seem a bit of a codger or a wardrobe that makes him look too much like a knockoff of Connery's Bond without any of the ability.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Countess Spider on 16 Dec. 2008
Format: DVD
Jumping on the Bond wagon, producer Sydney Box decided to take on one of 007's antecedents and update him to the swinging sixties. Thus Sapper's square jawed, colonial defender of the Empire, Bulldog Drummond, became international insurance investigator Hugh Drummond, played with suave charm by one time Bond candidate Richard Johnson. The other shrewd move by the producers was to avoid the over spoofing of Bond's world that the other rivals had laden themselves with and instead devise a film that balanced the right amount of tongue in cheek thrill with a neatly structured script, above average production values, a cool theme song by Scott Walker, and a cracking finale worthy of a Bond caper itself.

Elke Sommer breezes across like a force ten hurricane as the film's titular assassin, working for the world class villain Carl Peterson, portrayed with the right blend of light and dark by Nigel Greene. The film's climatic showdown between hero and nemesis, in which Drummond traps Peterson on his own giant chess set and crushes him with the robotic pieces, is a memorable piece of imagery that helped lift the film above the bigger budgeted hackwork of Matt Helm or Derek Flint.

A hit in its time, Johnson returned as Drummond three years later in an uninspired follow up, Some Girls Do. With its use of "fembots" and a younger Peterson back from the dead without explanation,the film strayed too much into the territory of the other Bond spoofs and was deservedly buried.

Deadlier Than the Male, after decades of neglect, now appears to be re emerging as a cult film, thanks in part to Quentin Tarentino naming it as one of his favourite movies. This led to a newly restored printed being screened at Cannes and is now on DVD, complete with its sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kittykat on 25 Mar. 2015
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Deadlier Than The Male and Some Girls Do in a DVD double bill is an absolute must for any aficionados of British spy movies. Made in the mid / late 60’s, these two films are the epitome of swinging London cool. Richard Todd is perfectly cast as Hugh “Bulldog” Drummond , effortlessly updated from Sapper’s original upper class thug to an urbane man about town with an eye for the ladies.
Deadlier Than The Male is by far the better of the two films and benefits from both better writing and a better cast. Nigel Green is terrific as the villainous Carl Peterson and Elke Sommer is spot on as his elegant assassin. The plot hinges around Peterson’s scheme gain control of an international oil company by assassinating anyone who stands in the way. The twist is that the killers are two glamourous dolly birds (to use the 60’s vernacular). The action sequences are so-so for the times and the giant chess board finale might be a little pedestrian by today’s standards, but it is all presented with a stylish Carnaby street panache that is hard to better. Added to the mix is a top notch theme song by heart throb Scott Walker. It all makes for a fabulous slice of 60’s kitsch.
By contrast, Some Girls Do is not nearly so good. Made three years after Deadlier Than The Male, the sequel is more comedy than thriller. Richard Todd is back in the saddle as Hugh Drummond, this time facing James Villiers as arch rival Carl Peterson. A touch of sixties glamour is provided by Daliah Lavi, a veteran of numerous sub James Bond spy spoofs of the time. The basic story about using a new infrasonic weapon to extort money is as little forgettable but the swinging style and groovy cast more than make up for it.
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