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The Quiller Memorandum 1966 ***

 

With Michael Caine’s Harry Palmer kick-starting the kitchen-sink spy genre, director Michael Anderson took the bleak feel of the ant-James Bond movement and captured it neatly in The Quiller Memorandum. George Segal is Quiller, who arrives in Berlin to investigate the deaths of two secret agents. His MI6 training is put to the test when he tangles with Oktober (Max Von Sydow), with boss Pol (Alec Guinness) fretting in the background. Adapted by Harold Pinter from Trevor Dudley Smith’s book, this handsome 1966 thriller radiated intelligence from Pinter’s script, and describes an earthier view of secret service investigation than the John Barry score might suggest.

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