Cinema: A Dandy in Aspic

Like the western, the international spy story usually falls into one of two categories: the Spoof or the Morality Play. A Dandy in Aspic offers a little of one and a lot of the other. The anti-hero has his moments of fun during a few idyllic interludes in the percales with some warm-blooded British birds; the rest of the time he is trapped in a plot as inexorable as fate.

Haughty, dandified Eberlin (Laurence Harvey) is outwardly a London snob and secretly a top British agent. He is also a Russian assassin named Krasnevin...

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