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Where the Spies Are (1966)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy | 19 January 1966 (Iran)
A local doctor is recruited as a cold war spy to fulfill a very important secret mission in the Middle East, only to experience that his mission is complicated by a sexy female double agent.


Val Guest


Wolf Mankowitz (screenplay), Val Guest (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
David Niven ... Dr. Jason Love
Françoise Dorléac ... Vikki (as Francoise Dorleac)
John Le Mesurier ... MacGillivray
Cyril Cusack ... Rosser
Eric Pohlmann ... Farouk
Richard Marner ... Josef
Paul Stassino ... Simmias
George Pravda ... 1st Agent
Noel Harrison ... Jackson
Ronald Radd ... Stanilaus
Alan Gifford ... Security
Bill Nagy ... Aeradio
George Mikell George Mikell ... Assassin
Nigel Davenport ... Parkington
Reginald Beckwith ... Mr. Kahn


A local doctor is recruited as a cold war spy to fulfill a very important secret mission in the Middle East, only to experience that his mission is complicated by a sexy female double agent.

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The movie's source book "Passport to Oblivion" (1964) was the first novel in James Leasor's Dr. Jason Love spy series. The story was followed by nine others with the subsequent three works also having titles beginning with the word "Passport". Four of the later books had titles featuring the word "Love", referencing the central character of Dr. Jason Love, who is portrayed in this film by David Niven. See more »


After Niven thwarts the assassin, he runs around helter-skelter with the assassin's rifle, making him the target of the mob's fury. Can anyone explain why the director would have him running around with that damn rifle? It looked utterly absurd. See more »


Dr. Jason Love: What is done between people in our, eh, line of business?
Vikki: Not a great deal of sleeping together. Its regarded as - unprofessional.
Dr. Jason Love: Now, if one of the professionals is an amateur?
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A light satire on the cold war spy story
10 January 2006 | by rgp-8See all my reviews

An amusing, tongue-in-cheek, British satire on the spy genre with David Niven at his debonair best. The comedy is dry and subtle, taking aim at the British and Russian spy-film caricatures. Niven plays the bumbling amateur who makes good but was recruited because all the other spies have been unfortunately lost - that's MI5. John Le Mesurier plays the part of the harassed, penny-pinching, civil servant with aplomb. His use of understatement in suggesting that the purpose of the visit was just to find Rosser and nothing more and his reference to the radio in a biscuit tin, exemplifies the absurdity that underpins the satire. Françoise Dorléac plays the sexy double agent with a light touch. A good support cast with Nigel Davenport excelling as the hard-drinking expatriate Brit. and Ronald Radd suitably menacing as the Russian spy master. In the 1960's the Lebanon was considered an exotic location, essential for this kind of film. As in the Bond films, the travelogue element with a "holiday" romance was an important part of the overall attraction.

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Release Date:

19 January 1966 (Iran) See more »

Also Known As:

A caccia di spie See more »

Filming Locations:

Beirut, Lebanon See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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