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Agent 8 3/4 (1964)

Hot Enough for June (original title)
Czech-speaking, out-of-work Briton Nicholas Whistler (Sir Dirk Bogarde) is unwittingly sent on a secret mission to Prague by British Intelligence.

Director:

Ralph Thomas

Writers:

Lukas Heller (screenplay), Lionel Davidson (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Nicholas Whistler
Sylva Koscina ... Vlasta Simoneva
Robert Morley ... Colonel Cunliffe
Leo McKern ... Simoneva
Roger Delgado ... Josef
Derek Fowlds ... Sun Bathing Man
Amanda Grinling Amanda Grinling ... Cunliffe's secretary
Noel Harrison ... Johnnie
Philo Hauser Philo Hauser ... Vlcek
John Junkin ... Clerk in Opening Scene
Gertan Klauber Gertan Klauber ... Technician in Czech Glass Factory
John Le Mesurier ... Roger Allsop
Jill Melford Jill Melford ... Lorna
Derek Nimmo Derek Nimmo ... Fred
Richard Pasco Richard Pasco ... Plakov
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Storyline

Unemployed Czech-speaking writer Nicholas Whistler (Sir Dirk Bogarde) thinks he has a job visiting Prague for a bit of industrial espionage. In fact, he is now in the employ of British Intelligence. His pretty chauffeuse on arrival behind the Iron Curtain, Comrade Vlasta Simoneva (Sylva Koscina), is a Czech agent. Just as well, she's immediately attracted to 007's unwitting replacement. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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She's An Eye Catcher ... He's a Spy Catcher in the Comedy of the Year! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1964 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Agent 008 3/4 See more »

Filming Locations:

Padua, Veneto, Italy See more »

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Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Art Director Syd Cain worked on the James Bond movies Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Live and Let Die (1973), and On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), as well as another 1960s spy movie, Billion Dollar Brain (1967). See more »

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As Whistler takes cover on the parade float, one of the men travelling alongside him stares and waves at the camera. See more »

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Originally released in the US at 77 minutes. See more »

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HOT ENOUGH FOR JUNE (Ralph Thomas, 1964) **1/2
7 October 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Despite occasionally amusing passages this engaging spoof of the nascent spy genre is, however, perhaps not memorable enough to be more than an agreeable time passer.

Still, the cast is willing: for most of the film's second half, Dirk Bogarde - playing an unwilling British spy - is forced to sport several ingenious impersonations (waiter, milkman, a typically Bavarian villager, etc.) to evade the pursuing Russian agent Leo McKern. Robert Morley is McKern's British counterpart (but posing as a diplomat) and John Le Mesurier (playing one of Her Majesties' top secret agents) appears in the film's very first (and arguably best) sequence: stopping at what seems to be a reception desk, he proceeds to place on it every kind of gadget one could think of before proclaiming that one of their best agents had been killed and, soon enough, a card showing "007 Deceased" appears on the screen!

Sylva Koscina, playing McKern's Ninotchka-like daughter (who also poses as Bogarde's chauffeur) adds the requisite element of sex appeal to the mix when she becomes enamored with her "boss". Another funny sequence takes place when Bogarde is asked to try out an indestructible glass fabric (the work of a German inventor) by throwing a large rock at it; sure enough, the rock bounces onto the floor when it hits, but as they start walking away, the sound of shattering glass is heard on the soundtrack which prompts the Russian factory owner to hiss "You Nazi swine" to the dumb-founded inventor!


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