The IMF's target is Janos Karq, a top official of an unnamed Soviet Bloc country. Briggs enlists the help of Joseph Baresh, an alcoholic performer who has a photographic memory. Baresh will pose as an agent code-named Sparrow, who has never been apprehended by the authorities of Karq's country. (The real Sparrow has died, a fact not generally known.) The idea is that Baresh will be captured and provide information implicating Karq as a traitor. Barney, Cinnamon and Willy, along with Briggs, will engage in an unsuccessful (and fake) attempt to free Sparrow. That move will encourage the authorities to believe Baresh's story, ensuring Karq's demise. But Baresh gets a look at a list of agents in the employ of Karq's nation. Now, Briggs must stage a second escape attempt, this time for real. Rollin Hand, initially passed over for this mission, will play a small, but vital, role. Written by
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The card Briggs receives says: [Front side] For your photo send one dollar to: K. L. BENDER, 171 Main Avenue, ADDITIONAL PRINTS FIFTY CENTS, 085672 [Back side] LUBJANKA MILITARY PRISON, Headquarters of DIMITRI SOSKA, Our investigations are to begin immediately. Proceed as per our previous instructions and reports as soon as possible. - - Alternate plan X59. See more
As he selects his team for the mission, Briggs tosses Rollin Hand's photo into the pile of rejected team members instead of the proper pile. This may be because Rollin does not take part in the actual mission, appearing only in the movie. See more
[Mr. Briggs initially refuses a candid street photo claim card
Take it, Mr. Briggs.
[Mr. Briggs stops, accepts the card, and discovers a printed IM Force assignment on its reverse