The Devil's Agent

The Devil's Agent (German: Im Namen des Teufels) is a 1962 drama film directed by John Paddy Carstairs and starring Peter van Eyck, Marianne Koch, Christopher Lee and Macdonald Carey.[1] It was a co-production between Britain, West Germany and the Republic of Ireland. It was based on a novel by Hans Habe. It is set in East Germany during the Cold War.

The Devil's Agent
Belgian poster
Directed byJohn Paddy Carstairs
Produced byEmmet Dalton
Screenplay byRobert Westerby
Based onthe novel Im Namen des Teufels
by Hans Habe
StarringMacdonald Carey
Peter van Eyck
Marianne Koch
Christopher Lee
Music byPhilip Green (composed and conducted by)
CinematographyGerald Gibbs
Edited byTom Simpson
Emmet Dalton Productions
CCC Filmkunst (Berlin)
Distributed byBritish Lion Film Corporation (U.K.)
Release date
September, 1961 (U.K.)
Running time
77 minutes
CountryWest Germany/U.K./Ireland


Mild-mannered Viennese wine merchant George Droste (Peter van Eyck), an intelligence expert during the second world war, unexpectedly encounters old friend Baron Von Staub (Christopher Lee), and spends a weekend with him on his estate in the Soviet zone. The two revive a friendship interrupted by the war. However, when Von Straub's sister asks Droste to transport a small package to a friend in West Germany, the bewildered Droste is set up for a series of complicated spy games, at first becoming an unwilling dupe for the Russians, and then retaliating by offering his services to a US intelligence agency.

Partial cast

Critical reception

TV Guide gave it two out of four stars, noting an "Occasionally gripping spy drama with a very good cast."[2] while Allmovie concluded, "Somewhat lost amidst the flashier James Bond clones of the late 1960s, The Devil's Agent holds up pretty well when seen today."[3]


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