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Initial release  22 January 2015 (Germany)
Box office  47.3 million USD
Screenplay  Eric Aronson
5.5/10 IMDb

Director  David Koepp
Budget  60 million USD
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Cast  Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, Olivia Munn, Ewan McGregor
Similar  Johnny Depp movies, Spy movies, Comedies

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Mortdecai is a series of comic thriller novels written by English author Kyril Bonfiglioli. The book series deals with the picaresque adventures of a dissolute aristocratic art dealer named Charlie Mortdecai, accompanied on his adventures by his manservant Jock. The books consisted of Don't Point That Thing at Me, After You with the Pistol, Something Nasty in the Woodshed and The Great Moustache Mystery. The books have been translated into several languages including Spanish, French, Italian, German and Japanese. First published in the 1970s, the novels have since attained cult status.


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Bonfiglioli's style and novel structure have often been favourably compared to that of P. G. Wodehouse, Mortdecai and his manservant Jock Strapp being described as bearing a fun-house mirror resemblance to Wodehouse's Wooster and Jeeves. The author makes a nod to this comparison by having Mortdecai reference Wodehouse in the novels.

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The Mortdecai Trilogy

Published out of chronological order

Don't Point that Thing at Me (1972)

(Reissued 2015 as Mortdecai in a film tie-in edition)

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Mortdecai is pursued by police, led by his old school friend Inspector Martland, charged with the theft of a priceless Goya painting. Mortdecai goes to America to deliver the painting to his client, Milton Krampf, only to meet his astonishingly beautiful and nymphomanical daughter Georgina.

After You with the Pistol (1979)

Johanna coerces Mortdecai into marriage and a plot to assassinate the Queen of England.

Something Nasty in the Woodshed (1976)

Mortdecai travels to the isle of Jersey amidst his increasing unpopularity, and becomes embroiled in the manhunt for a rapist.

All the Tea in China (1978)

A historical prequel about one of Charlie's Dutch ancestors, Karli Mortdecai Van Cleef.

The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery (1999)

Unfinished due to Bonfiglioli's death, the book was completed by Craig Brown. Another international chase climaxes in a showdown in Buckinghamshire.


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The first three novels were collected as The Mortdecai Trilogy. The book was published by Black Spring Press in 1991. Bonfiglioli's second wife, Margaret Bonfiglioli wrote and compiled a posthumous anthology of works and anecdotes, called The Mortdecai ABC (ISBN 0-670-91084-8 UK: Penguin / Viking, 2001). Three of the Mortdecai titles are also featured in Fish Who Answer the Telephone, a compendium of bizarre books & titles.

Film adaptation

The book was adapted into a feature film by Lionsgate, with Johnny Depp in the title role. David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, Secret Window) directed the film on a script by Eric Aronson. The film was released on 23 January 2015, but was a box office bomb and received overwhelmingly negative reviews.


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