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Dick Clement (screenplay), Ian La Frenais (screenplay), Martin Waddell (novel)
Otley (film) Wikipedia
Otley is a 1969 British comedy thriller film, starring Tom Courtenay and Romy Schneider. It was adapted by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais from a book by Martin Waddell, and released by Colombia Pictures. Film critic Judith Crist described it as "a bright, breezy, light-handed but never lightheaded spies-and-counterspies story".
Tom Courtenay plays Gerald Arthur "Gerry" Otley, a charming but feckless young drifter who scrapes a living from selling antiques in trendy 1960s London. Gerry's responsibility-free life suddenly takes a serious turn, when he finds himself caught up in a round of murder, espionage and quadruple crossing. He is mistaken for a spy; is kidnapped and detained several times; and becomes romantically involved with a foreign agent (Romy Schneider) working for British Intelligence.
The exterior action takes place in a number of recognisable London locations: the area around Portobello Road street market in Notting Hill; a houseboat colony near Cheyne Walk in Chelsea; Bowater House in Knightsbridge; the Playboy Club in Park Lane; and the old Unilever milk depot in Wood Lane. A wide range of period British vehicles is featured: Otley drives an E-Type Jaguar, a Ford Anglia and an early 1960s passenger coach, and his disastrous driving test, which turns into an epic car chase, involves a driving-school Vauxhall Viva and a Ford Zephyr.
The film, whose interiors were shot at Shepperton Studios, marked the directorial debut of Dick Clement. He and Ian La Frenais, famous at the time for writing The Likely Lads, wrote the script.
Don Partridge co-wrote and performed the title music, "Homeless Bones", which was also released as the B-side of his single "Colour My World" (1969).Tom Courtenay .... Gerald Arthur Otley - "Gerry"
Romy Schneider .... Imogen
Alan Badel .... Sir Alec Hadrian
James Villiers .... Hendrickson
Leonard Rossiter .... Johnson
Freddie Jones .... Philip Proudfoot
Fiona Lewis .... Lin
James Bolam .... Albert
James Cossins .... Geffcock
James Maxwell .... Rollo
Edward Hardwicke .... Lambert
Ronald Lacey .... Curtis
Phyllida Law .... Jean
Geoffrey Bayldon .... Inspector Hewett
Frank Middlemass .... Bruce (as Frank Middlemas)
Barry Fantoni .... Larry
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