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Where the Spies Are (1966)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Jason Love
... Vikki (as Francoise Dorleac)
... MacGillivray
... Rosser
... Farouk
... Josef
... Simmias
... 1st Agent
... Jackson
Ronald Radd ... Stanilaus
... Security
... Aeradio
George Mikell ... Assassin
... 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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From Russia, Beirut, London, Rome and Byblos with LOVE! See more »


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Release Date:

21 January 1966 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A caccia di spie  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



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2.35 : 1
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The movie had a few influences from the James Bond films. The picture starred David Niven, who would go on to play Sir James Bond in the following year's spy spoof Casino Royale (1967), and had been an actor considered to play James Bond in the official series; the spy boss in the movie was called MacGillivray, a name which starts with the letter "M"; actor Eric Pohlmann, who plays Farouk, had provided the voice of Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the earlier James Bond films Thunderball (1965) and From Russia with Love (1963); whilst that latter Bond film influenced a tagline for Where the Spies Are (1966) by saying, "From Russia, Beirut, London, Rome and Byblos with LOVE!". 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 »


Stanilaus: Your code book? I take it you are no longer using "The Oxford Book of Verse".
Dr. Jason Love: No, we've changed that.
Stanilaus: What is the new one?
Dr. Jason Love: The "Kama Sutra".
Stanilaus: The "Kama Sutra"?
Dr. Jason Love: Oh, but it's the English language edition.
Stanilaus: This book is banned in our country.
Dr. Jason Love: That's precisely why the chose it.
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A light satire on the cold war spy story
10 January 2006 | by See 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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