Covert Action (film)

Covert Action (originally released as Sono Stato un Agente C.I.A.) is a 1978 Italian/Greek co-production Eurospy film starring the American actor David Janssen.

Covert Action
Original movie poster
Directed byRomolo Guerrieri
Produced byMihalis Lefakis
Written byNico Ducci
Romolo Guerrieri
Mino Roli
Vittorio Schiraldi
StarringDavid Janssen
Arthur Kennedy
Corinne Cléry
Music byStelvio Cipriani
CinematographyErico Menczer
Edited byAntonio Siciliano
Release date
  • 1978 (1978)
Running time
100 minutes

The plot was based on the experiences of former CIA agent Philip Agee[1] who initiated a lawsuit with the producers over his fees and expenses.[2]


A former CIA agent decides to write about his CIA career that leads him into danger.


The original female lead Catherine Bach dropped out and was replaced with Corinne Cléry. Due to a then new Italian ordinance that prohibited the firing of firearms in Italian movies, gunfire scenes were filmed in Greece.[3]



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