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Based onFathom Heavensent (unpublished novel)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
Edited 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Based onFathom Heavensent (unpublished novel)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
Edited 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 (Welch) is a 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 was 1967's A Girl Called Fathom.

This 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, a beautiful skydiver, is in Spain with a U.S. parachute team. She is abducted by a man called Timothy and taken to see Douglas Campbell, who says he is a Scottish agent working for NATO and wants Fathom to help him find a triggering mechanism for a nuclear weapon that has gone missing in the Mediterranean.

The device is hidden inside a figurine known as the Fire Dragon. In hot pursuit of it is an Armenian man named Serapkin who is working on behalf of Communist Chinese interests. Fathom skydives into the villa of a second man, Peter Merriwether, who has a trusted Chinese assistant Jo-May Soon, and is also searching for the figurine.

Fathom discovers that the Fire Dragon was stolen from a Far East museum by a Korean War deserter who is now being tracked by a private investigator. Campbell is one and Merriwether the other, but Fathom needs to find out for certain which is which.

After fending off a Serapkin knife attack and another from a harpoon, Fathom finds the figurine in a makeup case. She concludes that Campbell is the trustworthy one and boards a plane with Timothy and him, who promptly attempt to toss her from it. Merriwether arrives in another plane, disposes of Fathom's enemies and rescues her.

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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