When Arthur Davis, a junior bachelor in the British secret service's African section, is seen taking a file with him -to meet his girlfriend Cynthia- the brass fears he may be the leak to Moskow, and allows Dr. Percival to terminate the 'risk factor' by poisoning to avoid a scandal. In fact Davis's desk chief, Maurice Castle, is the double agent since the South African communists helped him smuggle out his black lover Sarah M., meanwhile his wife and mother of schoolboy Sam, to force him to cooperate with the Apartheid government. When Cornelius Muller, the South African official who failed to get him in Pretoria's power, visits London for the anti-communist operation Uncle Remus, he points out Castle still is the natural suspect... Written by
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Author Graham Greene
said of his novel 'The Human Factor' in his 1980 autobiography 'Ways of Escape' that it was "to write a novel of espionage free from the conventional violence, which has not, in spite of James Bond, been a feature of the British Secret Service...I wanted to present the Service unromantically as a way of life, men going daily to their office to earn their pensions." See more
In the South African scenes (filmed in Kenya), the cars have Kenyan registration plates. See more
Davis calls all children "little bastards".