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Where the Spies Are (1966)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy | 21 January 1966 (France)
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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Val Guest

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

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 Ronald Radd ... Stanilaus
Alan Gifford ... Security
Bill Nagy ... Aeradio
George Mikell George Mikell ... Assassin
Nigel Davenport ... Parkington
Reginald Beckwith Reginald Beckwith ... Mr. Kahn
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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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That's secret agent Jason Love who takes you where the spies are! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1966 (France) 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:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to John Heseltine, who restored the car for the film, star David Niven couldn't master the idiosyncratic gearbox of the white 1937 Cord 810 Phaeton Convertible, and subsequently it was driven in bottom gear, resulting in it overheating. The scene in the film showing the steaming Cord was hastily rewritten to work around the problem. The car had to be restored from nothing but a rusty collection of parts in just six months to get it ready for filming. See more »

Goofs

After the helicopter evacuation, when they land and get off the chopper, the turbines' sound is clearly heard, while the rotor blades are clearly not turning (they would be, that soon after landing.) See more »

Quotes

Vikki: It's such a stupid story, it must be true.
Dr. Jason Love: What's your stupid story?
Vikki: I don't tell this to everyone; but, my mother was Mata Hari and my father was Sherlock Holmes.
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Disappointing, miscast Niven vehicle
10 November 2013 | by Bladerunner101See all my reviews

Despite Niven's presence do not expect this to be a comedy. There's nothing Pink Pantherish or Casino Royaleish here. It's a moderately engaging spy thriller but it hasn't aged well, the pace in particular meanders from leisurely to static.

Niven looks like he's parachuted in from a film made ten years earlier. It's difficult to work out why he was cast, or who the target audience was. In different hands it could have been a cousin of Johnson's Bulldog Drummond or Coburn's Flint, but misses both by a mile.

Dorleac smolders very effectively as the crumpet with brains. Although every performance of hers is given lustre and added depth, and distracting but unavoidable pathos, by the viewer's knowledge that she had less than two years to live.


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