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Philip Scott
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Toni Peters
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Paul Spiegler
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Hal
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Martine
Carl Möhner ...
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Erika Herschel
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George
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Dr. Spiegler
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Philip Scott, head of a successful toy company, is also secretly the head of a British spy unit. When his cover is blown, enemy agents kidnap his girlfriend to force him to reveal the identities of his operatives. Written by Daniel Frankham <danielf@wantree.com.au>

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Third of three consecutive back-to-back-to-back spy movies for writer-director Val Guest. The first was Where the Spies Are (1966) and the second was Casino Royale (1967) which Guest co-directed. Guest co-wrote all three as well. See more »

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Stephen Boyd is a British spy wondering whom can he trust
24 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I like to watch this movie, with its classy ski and other European locations, with the star power of Stephen Boyd, Leo McKern and Michael Redgrave, and with the beauty and above-par acting of Camilla Sparv. Also there's a good supporting role by the heavy Jeremy Kemp.

The music is a mixed bag, sometimes being decent enough jazz-influenced, but at other times being too obtrusive, heavy-handed and clunky. But that isn't why I rate this 5 instead of 6. The main negative is a very opaque and wandering story that does not pull us in. That's because it doesn't provide real information about who is spying on what and for what reasons. The intrigue factor is too low. McKern's outfit is antagonistic to Boyd's MI5 outfit, but we are really not told what McKern is up to. There is microfilm, but we have no idea what's on it. I guess we can infer all of this, but the film would have been stronger had it been conveyed to us viewers. There were no stakes here, so our involvement went down.

The opening of the film runs a long time in ski country. After awhile the screen seems cluttered with long skis too much of the time. Boyd is romancing Sparv, while he and his men are being tracked and interrupted by the opposition. I have to say that this romance didn't convince me. It certainly wasn't Sparv's fault. There was a lack in amorous sexuality being conveyed, even in a subtle way. Either I can't see Boyd in a romantic role or else the direction was lacking or both. I see one external review terms his performance "charmless". That, unfortunately, is accurate.

Val Guest writes good screenplays generally and he's a good director. I guess this movie was simply and for reasons unknown not one of the better ones of his. That external review also says he didn't bring this story to life, and that too is unfortunately true.


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