The Deadly Affair | 1966 | James Mason, Simone Signoret,

The Deadly Affair | 1966 | James Mason, Simone Signoret,

Sidney Lumet directs a decidedly un-007-like spy thriller. In this adaptation of John le Carré’s Call for the Dead, James Mason plays a dyspeptic, underpaid counter-espionage agent. When a routine check of a foreign service officer turns up a dead body, Mason, against orders from headquarters, quits his post to investigate this fishy "suicide" at a high personal and professional cost. The Deadly Affair was technically notable for its groundbreaking use of "flashing" techniques, in which cinematographer Freddie Young exposed the film stock before shooting to give it a subdued color.

James Mason as Charles Dobbs
Simone Signoret as Elsa Fennan
Maximilian Schell as Dieter Frey
Harriet Andersson as Ann Dobbs
Harry Andrews as Inspector Mendel
Kenneth Haigh as Bill Appleby
Roy Kinnear as Adam Scarr
Max Adrian as Adviser
Lynn Redgrave as Virgin
Robert Flemyng as Samuel Fennan
Leslie Sands as Inspector
Corin Redgrave as David

Art Direction: John Howell
Property Buyer: Percy Godbold
Set Dresser: Pamela Cornell
Director Of Photography: Freddie Young
Camera Operator: Brian West
Costume Design: Cynthia Tingey
Hairstylist: Betty Glasow
Makeup Artist: Jill Carpenter
Sound Recordist: Gerry Humphreys
Sound Recordist: Les Hammond
Director: Sidney Lumet
Assistant Director: Ted Sturgis
Editor: Thelma Connell
Gaffer: Jock Napper
Producer: Sidney Lumet
Associate Producer: Denis O’dell
Casting: James Liggat
Original Music Composer: Quincy Jones
Sound Editor: Chris Greenham
Screenplay: Paul Dehn
Novel: John Le Carré

UK | 115 minutes | 1966



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