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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) was a Drama - Film Adaptation Film directed by Martin Ritt and produced by Martin Ritt.

Academy Awards 1965 --- Ceremony Number 38 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorRichard BurtonNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Hal Pereira, Tambi Larsen, Edward Marshall; Set Decoration: Josie MacAvinNominated
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The Spy Who Came In from the Cold (1965)

By Beatrice on Nov 19, 2018 From Flickers in Time

The Spy Who Came In from the Cold Directed by Martin Ritt Written by Paul Dehn and Guy Trosper from the novel by John Le Carre 1965/UK Salem Films Limited Repeat viewing/Netflix rental Possibly the saddest spy movie ever made. ?Also one of the best. Alec Leamas (Richard Burton) has been head of Brit... Read full article


The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1965)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 14, 2016 From 4 Star Films

Adapted from the John le Carr?novel, this is a black & white spy thriller that personifies cold war paranoia in ways that Bond never could.?Richard Burton is an operative working in Berlin before being demoted to a librarian job. It looks like our narrative is heading in a direction hardly fit ... Read full article


The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1965)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 14, 2016 From 4 Star Films

Adapted from the John le Carr?novel, this is a black & white spy thriller that personifies cold war paranoia in ways that Bond never could.?Richard Burton is an operative working in Berlin before being demoted to a librarian job. It looks like our narrative is heading in a direction hardly fit ... Read full article


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Ashe: [Approaching Leamas who is sitting on a bench] Do you like birds? The ones with the white collars are wild. The others are domesticated. With people it's the other way around.
Alec Leamas: [He snickers]
Ashe: Bird-watching's one of my hobbies. I often come here.
Alec Leamas: Do you also often come to Wormwood Scrubs Prison at eight o'clock in the morning to watch birds?
Ashe: Yes, jailbirds. They're my other hobby.
Alec Leamas: Only the young ones, surely!


Control: A shark can smell blood a mile off when he's hungry, and Mundt is hungry for our blood.


Alec Leamas: I reserve the right to be ignorant. That's the Western way of life.


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In the room in East Germany where Leamas is interrogated by Fiedler, the wallpaper is of English design ("Marigold" by William Morris).
David Lodge says in his memoirs he had disastrous interview with Martin Ritt for the part of Patmore.
The phrase "Number 11 bus", which is heard a few times, is British slang for walking; your two legs look like the number 11.
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