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CHARLES BRONSON AND JILL IRELAND AVOID 'ASSASSINATION'

Charles Bronson & Jan Gan Boyd Year: 1988 Rates: ***1/2

Jill Ireland's last collaboration after many with husband Charles Bronson gives her her biggest role as a bratty First Lady goading head of Secret Service Bronson with mind-games and media ploys, providing a NORTH BY NORTHWEST style road adventure that pays off with gun and bazooka fights, car and motorcycle chases along with exploding yachts and helicopters.

Bronson and Ireland have good chemistry along a rural road with assassins around every bend or waiting armed inside farmhouses...

Meanwhile the young ingenue is Jan Gan Boyd, an Asian agent whose lustful one-night-stand with boss Bronson is hilariously forced... 

Bronson looked a gruff-ready forty when he was really fifty in DEATH WISH (the start of his A-list career) but here resembles a graying bobcat caught in a bear-trap... But not for the hands-on fight scenes which he's still pretty decent at; his experienced character knowing what will happen next despite Ireland's tantrums to the contrary, and, while it's great seeing her proven wrong again and again, her intentionally annoying persona gets far too annoying as she continuously refuses to listen or believe... Then again it's when both know and trust each other enough that the movie works. It just should have happened a lot sooner. 

Jan Gan Boyd in ASSASSINATION with Charles Bronson

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Charles Bronson in ASSASSINATION
Jan Gan Boyd in ASSASSINATION
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Jan Gan Boyd in ASSASSINATION
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