The Double Man (1967 film)

The Double Man is a 1967 British spy film directed by Franklin Schaffner.[1] Its plot is very loosely based on the critically acclaimed 1958 novel Legacy of a Spy by Henry S. Maxfield.[2] As in the novel, much of the action takes place in the Austrian Alps.[3] The film stars Yul Brynner as a CIA agent investigating his son's fatal "accident": although he learns a few things from others, he slowly is convinced something else is happening and discovers that the Russian plan is to put another agent looking like him in place.[4]

The Double Man
Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner
Written byAlfred Hayes
Frank Tarloff
StarringYul Brynner
Britt Ekland
Clive Revill
Anton Diffring
Music byErnie Freeman
CinematographyDenys N. Coop
Edited byRichard Best
Albion Film Corp.
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • 25 April 1967 (1967-04-25) (London, UK)
Running time
105 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom


Critical reception

In The New York Times, Renata Adler found it "a modest third-rate film...But the plotting is tight and Mr. Brynner looks exotic and stony enough to keep one's mind off the title; when the denouement comes it is a moderate surprise;"[5] while more recently, Cinema Retro called it "one of the better spy films of the era thanks in no small part to the direction of Franklin J. Schaffner."[6]


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