In the shadow of the Cold War a letter from Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze) an agency of the Soviet Union received by M16 stating the concern of Penkovsky about world safety and his anxiety about a nuclear war, So Emily Donovan (Rachel Brosnahan) a CIA Agent reached out to MI6 Agent Dickie Franks (Angus Wright) , who recruited British salesman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) to be their spy.Written by
Early in the film, characters mention a CIA's failure with a spy named Popov. They are talking about Pyotr Semyonovich Popov, a Soviet Military Intelligence (GRU) who operated with the CIA during World War II and later became a double agent while stationed in Vienna. Popov provided some valuable counter intelligence information, warning the CIA on the Soviet infiltration on the U-2 spy plane project. Eventually, the Soviet authorities suspected and dismissed him from the GRU in 1958, finally arresting Popov in 1959. By the time the movie begins, on August 1960, Popov had been executed on January the same year. Interestingly, another spy with the same name, Dusko Popov, served as a double agent for MI6 during World War II, and is believed to have inspired the character of James Bond. See more »
During his first meeting with the Western agents, Col. Penkovsky pulls a Soviet document out of a briefcase he didn't bring to the meeting. See more »
Talk of the Devil
Written and Performed by Anna Morgan, James Morgan and Juliette Pochin
Published by Faber Music
Licensed courtesy of Morgan Pochin Music Productions See more »
A reasonably well made, paint-by-numbers, cold-war espionage flick...
A reasonably well made, paint-by-numbers, cold-war espionage flick with a solid cast. There are no real complaints about this true story, but it all feels a tad stale and has the look of something we have all seen before. It is professionally presented, but slightly forgettable.
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