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The Quiller Memorandum (1966)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 15 December 1966 (USA)
Two British agents are murdered by a mysterious Neonazi organization in West Berlin. The British Secret Service sends agent Quiller to investigate. Soon Quiller is confronted with Neonazi ... See full summary »

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Oktober
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Inge Lindt
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Gibbs
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Weng
Robert Flemyng ...
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Hengel
Ernst Walder ...
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Edith Schneider ...
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Hassler (as Gunter Meisner)
John Rees ...
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Two British agents are murdered by a mysterious Neonazi organization in West Berlin. The British Secret Service sends agent Quiller to investigate. Soon Quiller is confronted with Neonazi chief "Oktober" and involved in a dangerous game where each side tries to find out the enemy's headquarters at any price... Written by Dirk Bauer <dbauer@gris.uni-tuebingen.de>

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QUILLER... Quiller is not just another spy and The Quiller Memorandum is not just another spy story. Quiller works in a deadly lonely way... always unorthodox... always effective. If Quiller shatters your nerves, remember... he's living on his. See more »


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Trivia

In adapting (Trevor Dudley Smith writing under the nom de guerre of) Adam Hall's novel "The Berlin Memorandum", Harold Pinter altered the emphasis of the book to be less a spy thriller and more a meditation on the human condition, and the duplicitous nature of identity. See more »

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During the car chase scene, the cars behind Segal's Porsche appear and disappear, and are sometimes alongside his car, on the drivers (left) side.. See more »

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Pol: Let me put it this way. There are two opposing armies drawn up on the field but there's a heavy fog- they can't see each other. Oh, they want to, of course, very much. You are in the gap between them. You can just see us, you can just see them. Your mission is to get near enough to see them, to signal their position to us so giving us the advantage. But if, in signaling their position to us, you inadvertently signal our position to them it is they who will gain a very considerable advantage. ...
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Referenced in Kilas, o Mau da Fita (1980) See more »

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Alte Kameraden (Old Comrades)
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Music by Carl Teike
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Does "Q" stand for "Quiller?"
11 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

How did I miss this film until just recently? What a difference to the ludicrous James Helm/Matt Bond (or is it the other way round?) movies.

The Cold War atmosphere in Germany at the time was perfectly captured. I was there with the British Armed Forces from Jan 1961 until Sept 1964, and remember it well, and old memories came flooding back.

Not that I was a spy, but the first thing we were told on our arrival in Germany was that we were only there to give the Yanks an extra six minutes to prepare for, and retaliate to, a nuclear attack. Just how we were supposed to do that no one knew. Then we were told (as people tell their kids today) not to talk to strange men. Presumably they meant Communists.

In the British Section of West Germany, everything appeared normal, but the claustrophobic atmosphere of Berlin with the Wall and checkpoints ever present, was different. There was always the feeling of paranoia, of someone watching you. This movie brought it all back.

I'm well aware that "The Quiller Memorandum" was not a perfect representation of reality, but it's a damn sight closer to it than "Goldfinger" and all other similar types of pap. Spying is mostly a secretive, lonely occupation in which James Bond and Matt Helm wouldn't last a minute.


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