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Master Spy (1963)

A Russian scientist working for the British is suspected of being a "plant", sent to monitor nuclear secrets on behalf of the communists.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Murray ...
Boris Turganev
Alan Wheatley ...
Paul Skelton
Richard Colman
John Bown ...
John Baxter
Jack Watson ...
Capt. Foster
Ernest Clark ...
Dr. Pembury
Peter Gilmore ...
Tom Masters
Dr. Asafu
Ellen Pollock ...
Dr. Morrell
Hugh Morton ...
Sir Gilbert Saunders
Basil Dignam ...
Richard Horton
Hamilton Dyce ...
Airport Controller
Michael Peake ...
Barnes (Skeltons Manservant)


A Russian scientist working for the British is suspected of being a "plant", sent to monitor nuclear secrets on behalf of the communists.

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Release Date:

19 August 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

X 21 spionaggio atomico  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Last film of Stephen Murray. See more »


Sir Gilbert Saunders: Professor, just why are you asking for asylum here?
Boris Turganev: My reasons are quite simple, Sir - I want to stay here and make England my home.
Sir Gilbert Saunders: That may be... but things aren't quite as easy as you seem to think. We can't take everybody just because they want to come. There's got to be some good reason. And so far, you haven't given one.
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Dull Cold War spy outing
22 May 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Rather than being a James Bond rip-off, MASTER SPY is a slow and stately British Cold War drama that's so subtle it'll send you to sleep. The pace is glacial and the characters are equally cold; 99% of the running time involves a room full of scientists exchanging technical jargon as they work on a new project. Of course, there's a twist here and there in the plot, but nothing to justify the running time.

MASTER SPY has dated in the worst way and is only worth watching now as a curiosity piece; certainly the cheap, shot-in-a-single-room talky style of film-making will be offputting to all but the most patient of viewers. Still, there are some familiar faces worth seeing here, including a couple of Hammer stalwarts in support (John Carson and Marne Maitland) alongside tragic leading actress June Thorburn, who was to lose her life in a plane crash four years later.

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