Permission to Kill

Permission to Kill, also known as The Executioner, is a 1975 spy thriller film made by Sascha-Verleih and distributed by AVCO Embassy Pictures. It was directed by Cyril Frankel and produced by Paul Mills from a screenplay by Robin Estridge. The film had original music by Richard Rodney Bennett and the cinematography was by Freddie Young.

Permission to Kill
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Original film poster by Robert Tanenbaum[1]
Directed byCyril Frankel
Written byRobin Estridge
Produced byPaul Mills
StarringDirk Bogarde
Ava Gardner
Bekim Fehmiu
CinematographyFreddie Young
Edited byErnest Walter
Music byRichard Rodney Bennett
Distributed byAVCO Embassy Pictures (in the United Kingdom through Columbia-Warner Distributors[2])
Release date
  • 20 November 1975 (1975-11-20) (UK)
Running time
93 minutes
United Kingdom
United States

The film stars Dirk Bogarde, Ava Gardner and Bekim Fehmiu with Timothy Dalton, Nicole Calfan and Frederic Forrest.

The film is an Austrian-British-American co-production and was shot at the Sievering Studios in Vienna and on location in Gmunden, Austria.


British agents try to stop a communist returning home from the West.[3]

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  1. ^ "Permission to Kill / 30x40 / USA".
  2. ^ "Permission to Kill (1975)". BBFC. Retrieved 8 October 2021.
  3. ^ "TV guide from 1988" (JPG). Retrieved 29 September 2016.

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