Would you believe there ever has been a German 'gentleman' agent? Well, here he is: Thomas Lieven, the smartness in person. This mini series describes his adventures as an agent of the ... See full summary »
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Siegfried Rauch ...
 Thomas Lieven (13 episodes, 1977)
Heinz Reincke ...
 Bastian (11 episodes, 1977)
Herbert Fleischmann ...
 Major Loos (9 episodes, 1977)
Friedrich W. Bauschulte ...
 Oberst Schüttler (8 episodes, 1977)
Gert Günther Hoffmann ...
 Obersturmbannführer Eicher (7 episodes, 1977)
Berno von Cramm ...
 Winter (7 episodes, 1977)
Erik Schumann ...
 Simeon (6 episodes, 1977)
Rainer Penkert ...
 Lovejoy (6 episodes, 1977)
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 Chantal (6 episodes, 1977)
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Would you believe there ever has been a German 'gentleman' agent? Well, here he is: Thomas Lieven, the smartness in person. This mini series describes his adventures as an agent of the German 'Abwehr' (military secret service in Nazi Germany) in the midst of the century. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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11 May 1977 (West Germany)  »

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Nem kell mindig kaviár  »

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Sorry, the book was much better.
20 January 2004 | by (Munich, Germany) – See all my reviews

"Es muß nicht immer Kaviar sein" was filmed twice, and both versions had no chance to match the book by Johannes Mario Simmel.

Although several Simmel books were successfully filmed in the 70's, the makers were out of luck this time. For some reasons, many of the characters are only a cartoon of themselves. The impudent methods of the main character, Thomas Lieven were funny and thrilling, but Simmel's favourite issues, like the relativity of good and bad, were lost somehow. Moreover, some sequels had to be stretched to fit the time window.

The TV series of 1980 contains only half the book. The sequel never was filmed. Perhaps the producers and actors were not too happy with the result of their work?


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