The Reluctant Spy

The Reluctant Spy (French: L'honorable Stanislas, agent secret, Italian: Spionaggio senza frontiere, also known as How to Be a Spy Without Even Trying) is a French-Italian spy-comedy film from 1963, directed by Jean-Charles Dudrumet, written by Michel Cousin, starring Jean Marais and Geneviève Page.[2][3]

The Reluctant Spy
Directed byJean-Charles Dudrumet
Produced byFilms de la Licorne, Italgamma
Written byMichel Cousin
Jean-Charles Dudrumet
StarringJean Marais
Geneviève Page
Music byGeorges Delerue
Release date
4 September 1963 (France)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryFrance, Italy
Box office1,803,068 admissions (France)[1]

It is a parody of espionage films.[2] It was followed by sequel Pleins feux sur Stanislas.[2]


Stanislas Dubois is an ordinary businessman. When he meets a woman on a date in a restaurant, he takes off his coat. Upon leaving he confuses a similar coat with his own. Following this mix-up he becomes increasingly aware that something about him is attracting peculiar people. Hidden in his new coat is a microfilm which interests more than one secret service. After being drawn into the world of international espionage, a secret service of his own country hires him to lure enemy spies into a trap.



  1. "Box Office Figures for Jean Marais films". Box Office Story.
  2. Marco Giusti. 007 all'italiana. Isbn Edizioni, 2010. ISBN 9788876381874.
  3. L’Honorable Stanislas, agent secret (1963) at the Films de France
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