In a complex piece of espionage the Russian secret service attempts to kidnap a high ranking officer in the CIA and replace him with a double of its own.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Slater / Kalmar
Frank Wheatley
Col. Berthold
Mrs. Carrington
George Mikell ...
Max Gruner
Anna Wheatley
David Bauer ...
Andrew Miller
Ronald Radd ...
Russian General
Kenneth J. Warren ...
Police Chief
David Healy ...
Carl Jaffe ...
Police Surgeon
Douglas Muir ...


Following the death of his son, in a skiing accident in the Austrian Alps, the cold and emotion-less Dan Slater travels to Austria for the funeral. In the face of official indifference he decides to investigate and little by little strange inconsistencies start to appear leading Dan to conclude that the death of his son was no accident. A retired, former undercover operative, Frank Wheatley, whom he had hoped would watch out for his son proves useless as Dan seeks out the murderer's. Eventually, Dan finds Gina, the companion of wealthy socialite Mrs. Carrington, who puts him on the correct trail little realizing that he is falling into a cunning, cleverly thought out trap laid by Berthold. Berthold hopes to kidnap Slater and substitute him with an exact double in order to obtain a mole in the highest echelons of the CIA. Will he succeed or will Frank and Gina realize something is amiss and rescue Slater? Written by Mark Smith <>

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The key man to the most daring plot ever concocted by the secret agents of two worlds!


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1 May 1968 (USA)  »

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Legacy of a Spy  »

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Did You Know?


The film's storyline was similar to the then recently released The Spy with My Face (1965) and its TV counter-part The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Double Affair (1964). See more »


At 35:15 a line can be seen on the backdrop just before Berthold starts to ski after Slater and Gina. It appears again behind Berthold at 37:34. See more »


Gregori: Good luck.
Kalmar: Who needs luck? We've got organization.
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A long forgotten film
8 March 2007 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Passable spy thriller that's a disappointment considering the talent on display. While it isn't a dud, there's nothing particularly outstanding about it and it emerges as a fairly routine and forgettable film.

There are some enjoyable aspects to the film however. I admired Yul Brynner for delivering a lead character that was so uncompromising, cold and ruthless – while he was hardly an admirable hero he was believable and convincing and therefore more interesting as a character. I'm sure if this film were made today the character would've had some more 'likable' elements inserted into him during the film.

The weakest aspect is Ernie Freeman's dreadful score – cornball and overdone, regularly undermining the potential suspense in key scenes.

For mine, while the film itself isn't particularly noteworthy, in a broader context it has a curious interest. Despite being made by a major studio, having a major star and a director who delivered many top-notch films in this period (especially a certain ape film made the same year), it didn't make much impact at the time and is totally forgotten today, even for a film made four decades ago. Why is this? I actually think it would be much more remembered if it had been filmed as a flashy, goofy spy film that is now considered to be representative of late 1960s film style and culture – the likes of which were spoofed in the Austin Powers films. For example, while imo 'In Like Flint' is a dreadful film, clearly inferior to TDM, because of its glossy and spoofy style I can see how its much more remembered and referenced today.

Of course, TDM could've still been remembered on the basis of sheer quality but apart from Brynner's performance, it just doesn't have enough of it.

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