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Destiny of a Spy (1969)

A veteran Russian spy is brought out of retirement to be sent to the West to do an important sabotage job. However, he finds himself falling in love with an attractive British double agent.

Director:

Boris Sagal

Writers:

John Blackburn (novel), Stanford Whitmore
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lorne Greene ... Peter Vanin
Rachel Roberts ... Megan Thomas
Anthony Quayle ... Col. Malendin
James Donald ... Sir Martin Rolfe
Harry Andrews ... Gen. Kirk
Patrick Magee ... John Flack
Patrick Newell ... Julius Bates
Raymond Huntley ... Supt. Pode
Olaf Pooley Olaf Pooley ... Igor Trubenoff
Janina Faye ... Elena Vanin
Josephine Stuart Josephine Stuart ... Elizaveta
Angela Pleasence ... Peace Girl
Mary Kerridge ... Lady Rolfe
Victor Beaumont ... Karl Kronig
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nikki Van der Zyl ... Mrs. Kronig
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A veteran Russian spy is brought out of retirement to be sent to the West to do an important sabotage job. However, he finds himself falling in love with an attractive British double agent.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gaunt Woman See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A loose adaptation of John Blackburn's novel "The Gaunt Woman". It has been mistakenly included in filmographies in certain reference works under this title. See more »

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Forgotten classic
1 February 2005 | by dphelan-1See all my reviews

When I saw this in the early seventies on TV ( in black and white), I was very impressed. First the "hero" is a Russian spy and is played by Lorne Greene. From the beginning we are on his side even though we sort of know he is doomed. He is retired and does not want another assignment but is pressured into this undercover , double agent task. What he does not not know is how bizarre it will turn out and that along the way he will find a late in life romance with an Englishwoman double agent. The mystery is great, the supporting cast from Patrick Newell to James Donald to Anthony Quayle to Hrry Andrews is first rate. I found the film entertaining , refreshing and even quite poignant. The romance between Rachel Roberts and Lorne Greene brought a tear to my eye.


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