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KGB agent Major Valeri Petrofsky has been reassigned at the request of the KGB Chairman for a secret mission wherein he is sent to England to establish a residence near an American military base and receive various items from couriers from the USSR. John Preston is the top British spy catcher, currently at odds with his superior because he doesn't lick his boots. After he conducts an operation without his superior's permission caused his superior some embarrassment, he is reassigned to the menial task of overseeing airports and ports. One day one the couriers Petrofsky was expecting comes off a freighter has an accident which leaves him dead. Preston is informed by the pathologist that the man is not a seaman so Preston goes through his things and finds that he was carrying something which he is told is an atomic bomb component. Preston now suspects that someone is bringing in parts for an atomic bomb, his superior doesn't want to let Preston be proven right so he doesn't authorize ...Written by
Preston performs the break-in on New Year's Eve. He is later assigned to Airports and Ports, discovers the Polonium disc from the courier off the ship, has it identified, writes his report, and is subsequently suspended from duty. However when he goes home and his son is playing, there is a Christmas tree with lights on in the house. This means that unless he has ignored the tradition of removing Christmas decorations by Twelfth Night - January 6 - all of the above would have taken place in 6 days. As this would have included January 1 - a Bank Holiday - and at least one day of a weekend, this timescale is highly unlikely. See more »
I was quite surprised to see that this movie got a 5.9 rating. I think that it's a lot better than that. Brosnan is good, the plot is sufficiently tricky to be interesting, and Caine delivers the kind of reliable, excellent performance that you can count on (at least when the movie isn't total junk -- he only seems to phone it in when the movie is entirely hopeless). The ending is a little abrupt, but I can't find any fault with it other than that. (The cast is uniformly strong, too.) Maybe people underrate the movie because the movie is low-budget. It looks like a British TV-movie, and maybe it was, but I find it easy to get past the production values when the acting is good.
I've seen it twice, and it holds up to a second viewing.
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