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Agent 8 3/4 (1964)

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

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Colonel Cunliffe
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Simoneva
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Josef
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Cunliffe's secretary
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Vlcek
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Clerk in Opening Scene
Gertan Klauber ...
Technician in Czech Glass Factory
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Roger Allsop
Jill Melford ...
Lorna
Derek Nimmo ...
Fred
Richard Pasco ...
Plakov
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Unemployed Czech-speaking writer Nicholas Whistler thinks he's got 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 Simonova, is herself 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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18 September 1964 (Finland)  »

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Agent 008 3/4  »

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Lionel Davidson's original novel is not a comedy thriller, as this film is, but a straight espionage story with a bitter quality to the narrative. It is quite likely that other hands reworked Lukas Heller's screenplay, as he had had a Rank contract several years before, but had moved on to Hollywood films by the time this was made. The sort of silly comedy this film purveys is very untypical of Heller's writing. 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 »

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A rather clueless spy...and pretty much the antithesis of Bond!
30 August 2016 | by See 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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