Fathom (film)

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Fathom
Fathomposter.jpg
Promotional film poster by Tom Chantrell
Directed byLeslie H. Martinson
Produced byJohn Kohn
Written byLarry Forrester (novel)
Screenplay byLorenzo Semple Jr.
Based onFathom Heavensent (unpublished novel)
StarringAnthony Franciosa
Raquel Welch
Ronald Fraser
Music byJohn Dankworth
CinematographyDouglas Slocombe
Editing byMax Benedict
Distributed byTwentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Release datesDecember 1, 1967 (Finland)
Running time99 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Budget$2,225,000[1]
Box office$1,000,000 (US/ Canada)[2][3]
 
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Fathom
Fathomposter.jpg
Promotional film poster by Tom Chantrell
Directed byLeslie H. Martinson
Produced byJohn Kohn
Written byLarry Forrester (novel)
Screenplay byLorenzo Semple Jr.
Based onFathom Heavensent (unpublished novel)
StarringAnthony Franciosa
Raquel Welch
Ronald Fraser
Music byJohn Dankworth
CinematographyDouglas Slocombe
Editing byMax Benedict
Distributed byTwentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Release datesDecember 1, 1967 (Finland)
Running time99 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Budget$2,225,000[1]
Box office$1,000,000 (US/ Canada)[2][3]

Fathom is a 1967 British spy comedy film directed by Leslie H. Martinson, starring Anthony Franciosa and Raquel Welch. Fathom Harvill (Raquel Welch) is a dental assistant and an American skydiver touring Europe with a U.S. parachute team. She is approached by a Scottish agent to recover an atomic triggering mechanism.[4] The film was based on Larry Forrester's second Fathom novel Fathom Heavensent then in the draft stage but never published.[5] His first Fathom novel was 1967's A Girl Called Fathom. The film was one of three 1967 20th Century Fox films about female spies; the others being Doris Day's Caprice and Andrea Dromm's Come Spy with Me.

Plot[edit]

Fathom Harvill (Raquel Welch) is an American skydiver touring Europe with a U.S. parachute team when she's approached by Douglas Campbell (Ronald Fraser), a Scottish agent, who wants Fathom to help find a triggering mechanism for a nuclear weapon that has gone missing in the Mediterranean. It soon becomes clear, however, that there is more to the situation than meets the eye.

Cast[edit]

As appearing in screen credits (main roles identified):[6]

ActorRole
Anthony FranciosaPeter Merriwether
Raquel WelchFathom Harvill
Ronald FraserCol. Douglas Campbell, Chief of HADES
Richard BriersFlight Lt. Timothy Webb
Greta ChiMaj. Jo-May Soon (Chinese Secret Service)
Tom AdamsMike, Owner of Casa Miguel
Elizabeth ErcyUlla
Ann LancasterMrs. Trivers
Tutte LemkowMehmed, Serapkin's servant
Reg LyeMr. Trivers
Clive RevillSergi Serapkin

Filming locations[edit]

The movie was filmed in Cártama, Mijas, Málaga, Torremolinos, Nerja, in Andalucía, Spain and Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p255
  2. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1967", Variety, 3 January 1968 p 25. Please note these figures refer to rentals accruing to the distributors.
  3. ^ Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p230
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Reid, John Howard CinemaScope Two: 20th Century-Fox Lulu.com, 2005 p.76
  6. ^ Fathom credits

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