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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Dan Slater / Kalmar
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Frank Wheatley
Anton Diffring ...
Col. Berthold
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Mrs. Carrington
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George Mikell ...
Max Gruner
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Gregori
Julia Arnall ...
Anna Wheatley
David Bauer ...
Andrew Miller
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Halstead
Carl Jaffe ...
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Douglas Muir ...
Wilfred
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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 <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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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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Britt Ekland worked 10 weeks. See more »

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At 1:20:37 an escaping Slater, whose hands have been closely cuffed, is for the moment free of the handcuffs, which are back on a moment later. See more »

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Gregori: Good luck.
Kalmar: Who needs luck? We've got organization.
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26 September 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Yul Brynner stars in this espionage drama about a CIA man conducting his own private investigation into the death of his son in an Alpine skiing accident in Austria. What he doesn't know, but soon finds out is that the son's death was all part of a ruse by the Russian KGB to get him over to Europe where he is to be captured and put to death and replaced by a duplicate to infiltrate the CIA and crack American security. If successful this prototype will be used for other people in the USA and our allies in The Double Man.

Unwittingly part of the plan is an old friend of Brynner's, Clive Revill and his Austrian wife Britt Ekland. Revill runs an international school there and was once in the espionage business, but now out of it and glad to be. He's not sure he can hack it, but in the end has to make a Solomon like choice.

During the middle and late 60s spy movies were a glut on the market due to the success of James Bond. The Double Man isn't the best or the worst of them. Yul Brynner's fans will approve.


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