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The Quiller Memorandum (1966)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Inge Lindt
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Weng
Robert Flemyng ...
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Hengel
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Edith Schneider ...
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Philip Madoc ...
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Günter Meisner ...
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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15 December 1966 (USA)  »

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Le secret du rapport Quiller  »

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Alec Guinness appeared in this espionage movie thirteen years before he would play John le Carré's famous spy character George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979). See more »

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When Quiller is waiting for the bomb to blow up, in the long shots he is still completely on the side of the garage, but in the medium shots his head is clearly extending around the corner to see the front of the garage. 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?"
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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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