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Alec Leamas (Character)
from The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)

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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold -- Oscar nominee Richard Burton* is the burnt-out British agent who refuses to "come in from the cold" to take a desk job -- but instead launches into the most dangerous assignment of his career, stalking East German agent (and Golden Globe winner) Oskar Werner.**

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From The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
Alec Leamas: What the hell do you think spies are? Moral philosophers measuring everything they do against the word of God or Karl Marx? They're not! They're just a bunch of seedy, squalid bastards like me: little men, drunkards, queers, hen-pecked husbands, civil servants playing cowboys and Indians to brighten their rotten little lives. Do you think they sit like monks in a cell, balancing right against wrong? See more »

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