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Agent 8 3/4 (1964)

Hot Enough for June (original title)
Czech-speaking, out-of-work Briton Nicholas Whistler (Sir Dirk Bogarde) is unwittingly sent on a secret mission to Prague by British Intelligence.

Director:

Ralph Thomas

Writers:

Lukas Heller (screenplay), Lionel Davidson (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Nicholas Whistler
Sylva Koscina ... Vlasta Simoneva
Robert Morley ... Colonel Cunliffe
Leo McKern ... Simoneva
Roger Delgado ... Josef
Derek Fowlds ... Sun Bathing Man
Amanda Grinling Amanda Grinling ... Cunliffe's secretary
Noel Harrison ... Johnnie
Philo Hauser Philo Hauser ... Vlcek
John Junkin ... Clerk in Opening Scene
Gertan Klauber ... Technician in Czech Glass Factory
John Le Mesurier ... Roger Allsop
Jill Melford Jill Melford ... Lorna
Derek Nimmo Derek Nimmo ... Fred
Richard Pasco Richard Pasco ... Plakov
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Storyline

Unemployed Czech-speaking writer Nicholas Whistler (Sir Dirk Bogarde) thinks he has a job visiting Prague for a bit of industrial espionage. In fact, he is now in the employ of British Intelligence. His pretty chauffeuse on arrival behind the Iron Curtain, Comrade Vlasta Simoneva (Sylva Koscina), is a Czech agent. Just as well, she's immediately attracted to 007's unwitting replacement. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The Master Spy Comedy of the Year! See more »

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Comedy

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1964 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Agent 008 3/4 See more »

Filming Locations:

Padua, Veneto, Italy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

A newspaper headline reads "Ralph Thomas is not a spy" which is an in-joke to this movie's Director. Tellingly, the journalist credited with this report is one Betty E. Box. See more »

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As Whistler takes cover on the parade float, one of the men travelling alongside him stares and waves at the camera. See more »

Alternate Versions

Originally released in the US at 77 minutes. See more »

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Featured in Al Murray's Great British Spy Movies (2014) See more »

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A rather clueless spy...and pretty much the antithesis of Bond!
30 August 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When this film begins, you learn that agent 007 has died! Soon, the scene switches to a very lazy writer, Whistler (Dirk Bogarde). He's on the dole...and very happy to remain that way. However, he's surprised when he goes to collect his unemployment check...he's told he has a job interview!! Well, he has no choice...either go to the interview or no more relief! So he goes...showing up late and initially putting little effort into the interview. But when they offer him an enormous sum to work for them, he's hooked...not realizing that he's just been recruited to become a spy! Why would they want this ne'er-do-well? Well, he speaks Czech...and they need an agent to retrieve something in Czechoslovakia.

As for the mission, Whistler STILL doesn't realize how serious it is and that he could be shot for spying! Clearly he's in over his head and it's not at all surprising that the secret police are soon on to him. But how to escape?! He'll have to use his wits...and so far we haven't noticed that he has any!

I liked this film because although it was a bit of a spy parody, it was NOT overtly a comedy. In other words, they made it all seem plausible and engaging. You also have to really feel sorry for Whistler! Overall, a surprisingly good film--one that was original and intelligently written. Plus, it stars Bogarde, who was a dandy actor.


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