The Executioner (1970)

GP | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

Director: Sam Wanamaker

Stars: George Peppard, Joan Collins, Judy Geeson, Oskar Homolka


The Executioner is a 1970 Technicolor cold war neo noir spy thriller British film. Starring John Shay (George Peppard), a British MI5 agent, had grown up in the United States, and who was nearly killed while on assignment abroad. Convinced that he was framed, he returns to London to uncover the mole responsible for the set-up. John Shay suspects that his colleague Adam Booth (Keith Michell) is a Russian spy. The action takes place in LondonAthensIstanbul and Corfu, where Shay goes in his investigation trying to gather evidence that Booth is a double agent. When Shay’s superiors are not convinced, and even after a special hearing clears Booth of any wrongdoing, he takes matters into his own hands and executes Booth.