|George Seagal stars in The Quiller Memorandum as Quiller, experiencing danger in Berlin.|
In the midst of the spy boom of 1966 -the only year where a James Bond film wasn't released since the EON Production series had begun- came the adaptation of Adam Hall's thriller The Berlin Memorandum to the big screen. American actor George Seagal starred this production opposite an international cast that included Alec Guinness, Senta Berger and Max Von Sydow, directed by Michael Anderson and with the unmistakable music of John Barry.
The Quiller Memorandum offers a less glamorous approach to the world of espionage than the James Bond films and is much closer to the Harry Palmer movies, but with less humor. The story focuses on a series of British agents being killed in Berlin while investigating Phoenix, a neo-nazi group in the region. Pol, the head of the British intelligence, sends an operative only known as Quiller to continue with these investigations.
Trusting no-one, Quiller poses as a journalist preparing an article on neo-nazi organizations linked to the arrest of a teacher with nazi ties. Inquiring about "a man named Jones" (the name of one of the dead agents), Quiller intentionally alerts his enemies to know more of them and expects to be taken to their leader. At the same time, he engages into a romance with Inge, the young woman who replaced the arrested teacher. Not much later, Quiller will be captured and taken to Oktober, leader of Pheonix, who constantly subjects him to heavy drugs in order to make him reveal where his base is. The experiment fails, but the agent is subject to an ultimatum: if he doesn't reveal the position of his control, Oktober will eliminate Inge who has also been captured by the organization.
In the end, The Quiller Memorandum is an enjoyable spy movie with not much action scenes but filled of suspenseful moments that succeeds in engaging the hard spy thrillers afficionados, where a hero can chase or evade his enemies with wits and bare hands.