WriterRobert Guenette, Montgomery Clift, Peter Francke Release dateOctober 20, 1966 (1966-10-20) (Germany)
November 16, 1966 (1966-11-16) (United States)
November 24, 1967 (1967-11-24) (Sweden)
May 17, 1968 (1968-05-17) (Finland) CastMontgomery Clift (James Bower), Macha Méril (Frieda), Christine Delaroche (Ingrid), Hardy Krüger (Peter Heinzmann), Roddy McDowall (Agent Adam), David Opatoshu (Orlovsky) Similar moviesThe Living Daylights, The Tunnel, The Lives of Others, The Comancheros, Laser Mission, Serena and the Ratts
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The Defector is a 1966 thriller film, starring Montgomery Clift, Roddy McDowall and Macha Meril. It was directed by Belgian director/producer Raoul Lévy and based on the 1965 novel L'espion by Paul Thomas.
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Professor Bower, an American physicist, is effectively blackmailed by a shady CIA agent named Adams to help the CIA obtain secret microfilm from a defecting Russian scientist. The reluctant Bower travels to East Germany undercover as an antiques collector where he encounters Heinzmann, an East German fellow physicist, who is also a secret agent. Heinzmann is aware of Bower's meeting with Adams and his intention to steal the microfilm, but their mutual respect for one another's tactics complicate the proceedings.
Actress Leslie Caron gave up her role in the film shortly before filming began in Munich in March 1966.
Montgomery Clift as Prof. James Bower
Hardy Krüger as Counselor Peter Heinzmann
Roddy McDowall as Agent Adams
Macha Méril as Frieda Hoffman
David Opatoshu as Orlovsky
Christine Delaroche as Ingrid
Hannes Messemer as Dr. Saltzer
Karl Lieffen as The Major
Critics were generally favorable to the film, but some were more specific, as Bosley Crowther of the New York Times said, "Mr. Clift is apt in this his last film — lonely, bewildered, courageous - it's just too bad it doesn't quite ring the bell."