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  • Actors: Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Barbara Windsor, Bernard Cribbins, Jim Dale
  • Directors: Gerald Thomas
  • Producers: Peter Rogers
  • Format: Anamorphic, Black & White, PAL, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jan. 2007
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KRMZH4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,341 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Eighth entry in the 'Carry On' series. Barbara Windsor (in her first 'Carry On' appearance) plays a trainee spy in the British Secret Service, who must use all her talents to prevent an evil mastermind from the organisation S.T.E.N.C.H. obtaining a secret formula. Master spies on the case include Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey and Bernard Cribbins.

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While the later chapters of the Carry On series have received fairly constant exposure, some earlier examples such as 1964's Spying remain relatively unseen. Given the brash production and ensemble playing of the more well-known films, this black and white version of the Carry On world seems oddly low-key in comparison. Four of the soon-to-be-regular cast are in attendance--Barbara Windsor, Kenneth Williams, Jim Dale, Charles Hawtrey--and there are many signs of a formula in development (the double entrendres, bad puns, Windsor's ill-fitting clothing). Of course, with its obsession with sex and bodily functions it's all very English and parts have dated horribly, not least the casual racism of some of the secondary characters, but fans of this most unique of genres will find much to tickle their fancy. And don't they look so young?

On the DVD: Given the long history and colourful characters of the series, there must be scope for much behind the scenes and documentary footage, but this disc is totally bereft of any extras bar scene selection. There is also little to add to the original black and white film stock, although the soundtrack, chock full of humorous instrumentation, sounds pretty good. --Phil Udell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Jan. 2002
Format: DVD
The ninth movie in the series (and the last in black and white) sees the team having go at the Bond series. Eric Barker makes a welcome return as the head of MI6 (in his last Carry On... for 15 years). Barker has no option other than send out a gang of trainee agents on the latest mission as no other agents are available. A secret formula has been stolen and it's their job to find it. Heading the agents is Desmond Simpkins (Kenneth Williams in "snide" voice for the whole film) joined by Harold Crump (Bernard Cribbins in his last Carry On... for 27 years!), Charlie Bind (Charles Hawtrey) and Daphne Honeybutt (Barbara Windsor in her series debut). Throughout the film we encounter Jim Dale and Dilys Laye in supporting roles. It's a fast-paced, riotous farce from beginning to end and some of the Bond observations are spot on. The best performance comes from Williams who uses his "Stop messin' about" voice throughout.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian Phillips on 22 May 2006
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Carry On Spying marked the debut appearance in a Carry On Film of the bubbly Barbara Windsor who would become a sex symbol in the series. This amusing paraody of the James Bond films is another classic in the series. Desmond Simpkins (Kenneth Williams) along with his three extra-special agents by his side (Barbara Windsor, Bernard Cribbins, Charles Hawtrey) all plot to take on the malevolent powers of STENCH, namely Dr. Crow, Milchmann and The Fat Man, members of the Society for the Extinction of non-conforming Humans. Clues to the exact location of STENCH HQ lead the quartret of spies into the heart of Harry Lime country in Vienna, the Casbah and finally the corridors of the Orient Express.

Fun and adventures all the way with the gangs reaching new heights of invention and parody in this one. The cast are all excellent, especially Barbara Windsor who sparkles in every scene. A comic gem!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Quackser on 31 Aug. 2009
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Although I yield to no-one in my admiration of Sid James, Carry Ons Spying and Screaming are two of the most enjoyable, fully-realised movies of that long series, even without his presence. Sid gradually became the dominant personality in the films and, fun as that always was, there's a sense that, in his absence, the rest of the gang get more of a look in, get more of the centre-stage business to do and consequently raise their game bigtime.

The beautiful double act of Kenneth Williams and Charles Hawtrey sets the tone, their performances a perfect balance of knowingness and cheeky abandonment to whatever fun is waiting around the next corner. It says a lot about how brittle and inflexible the James Bond machine was becoming even in 1964 that the Broccoli organisation brought out the lawyers and instructed them to cut the legs off this mildest, most affectionate of parodies. Fortunately for us, they didn't succeed beyond forcing Hawtrey's "James Bind" to become "Charles Bind" -a name that director Lindsay Shonteff also used in his seventies Bond take-off, "Licensed to Love and Kill", starring (and I'm not kidding) Gareth Hunt.

But Bond isn't the only target for the spoofery. The Third Man gets a wink, as does Modesty Blaise; in fact, every cliché (sorry: archetype) of the spy genre has a friendly raspberry blown in its face, and the fact that "Carry On Spying" ticks a lot of the boxes more satisfyingly than at least half a dozen of the Bond films says a lot for the makers' fondness for the genre they were sending up (and it's important to stress that this is a spoof, not a piss-take; there's no sneering involved).

This was Barbara Windsor's first Carry On film, pub-quizzers, and also stars Sir (at least in our house) Bernard Cribbins. And any film that features Victor Maddern as a super-spy belongs on some kind of plinth in the museum of Sunday afternoon hangover telly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 July 2015
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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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