Madame Sin

Madame Sin is a 1972 British thriller film directed by David Greene and starring Bette Davis, Robert Wagner, Denholm Elliott and Gordon Jackson.[1] The screenplay was written by Greene and Barry Oringer.[1][2]

Madame Sin
Directed byDavid Greene
Produced byLew Grade
Lou Morheim
Robert Wagner
Julian Wintle
Written byDavid Greene
Barry Oringer
StarringBette Davis
Robert Wagner
Music byMichael Gibbs
CinematographyAnthony B. Richmond
Release date
15 January 1972 (US)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Plot summary

The title character is a vicious villainess who commands a Thought Factory in the Scottish Highlands. Intent on achieving world domination, she kidnaps ex-CIA agent Anthony Lawrence and forces him to help her hijack a secret nuclear weapon, the Polaris submarine.



The film was originally a pilot for a weekly ABC series that failed to make the network's schedule.[3] It was broadcast in the United States on 15 January 1972 and then released in other markets as a feature film.[4][3]

Exteriors were filmed on location at Ascot, Berkshire; Mull, Argyll in Scotland; and Piccadilly in London.[5] Interiors were shot at the Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire.[6]


Time Out London said, "Lots of exotic sets and outlandish secret weapons, just a pity it's all rather old hat Bond stuff. Still, with Denholm Elliott giving sterling support as her sycophantic aide, Davis has a ball with some genuinely monstrous lines."[7]


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  2. "Madame Sin (1972) - David Greene, David Green | Cast and Crew". AllMovie.
  3. Karol, Michael (13 November 2008). "The Abc Movie of the Week Companion: A Loving Tribute to the Classic Series". iUniverse via Google Books.
  4. Terrace, Vincent (10 January 2014). "Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010, 2d ed". McFarland via Google Books.
  5. "Madame Sin - Scotland the Movie Location Guide".
  6. "Madame Sin". Pinewood Studios.
  7. "Madame Sin 1972, directed by David Greene | Film review". Time Out London. Archived from the original on 4 February 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
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