M/PG | | Action, Drama, Thriller
From the John le Carré novel about a British spy, who sends a Polish defector to East Germany, to verify missile sites.
Sir David Lean had difficulty casting the role of Major Randolph Doryan in Ryan's Daughter (1970)." Lean wanted to work with Marlon Brando, but he was not offered the role. Lean cast Christopher Jones after seeing him in this movie, not knowing that Jones' voice had been dubbed. Jones proved to be a disaster during filming, which explains the monosyllabism of his character, and the loquaciousness of his aide-de-camp, who had to pick up the slack, as Jones simply could not act. Jones' voice eventually was dubbed for Ryan's Daughter (1970) as well.
What's your name?
John Avery: You can't have my name, it's a breach of security.
Leiser: You know, I'm risking my life for you so I want a name, give me a name, I don't care. Any name!
John Avery: John.
Leiser: John. John.
The photograph of a railway yard that was the pretext for the mission was supposedly taken in East Germany but the locomotive in the picture is immediately recognizable to any ex-trainspotter as a British Rail type manufactured by English Electric.