A Dandy in Aspic (1968) HD online
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Laurence Harvey||-||Krasnevin aka Alexander Eberlin|
|Barbara Murray||-||Miss Vogler|
Director Anthony Mann died during production and was replaced by Laurence Harvey.
The film's ending was directed by Laurence Harvey who also directed some scenes shot in Berlin. Anthony Mann directed all of the scenes in Surrey and London as well as some of the Berlin scenes.
Writer Derek Marlowe once said of actor Laurence Harvey's partial direction of this movie: "He directed his own mis-talent, changed it and the script - which is rather like Mona Lisa touching up her portrait while Leonardo is out of the room".
Cinematographer John Alton, who had retired in 1960, met former colleague Anthony Mann in a Swiss casino high up in the Alps. Mann was directing "A Dandy in Aspic" at the time and wanted Alton to shoot his next picture. Alton agreed to talk to him about it the next day, but Mann died before their meeting. According to Alton, "He'd been losing so much money at the casino, that probably helped kill him. The industry lost a great man.". Laurence Harvey completed the picture.
First theatrical feature film for actress Mia Farrow after predominantly working in television and at the time being mostly known for appearing in Peyton Place (1964).
Final film of director Anthony Mann.
Laurence Harvey received top / first billing, Tom Courtenay received second billing and Mia Farrow received third billing.
Leslie Gilliat always said that he preferred shooting on the studio lot ("You don't have to hire generators and so on") to location work. This sentiment was confirmed by this film which Gilliat later described as "a bit of a mess", after director Mann died during filming in Berlin.
This movie was made and released about two years after writer Derek Marlowe's novel of the same name was first published in 1966. 'A Dandy in Aspic' was the first novel for author Marlowe.
This picture is a 1960s Cold War spy thriller and is also considered a Eurospy film.
Principal photography production of this picture went over-schedule.
Reportedly, the marriage of actress Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra was in decline during the production of this movie. Apparently, when the film went over schedule, Sinatra phoned everyday to order Farrow to come home.
Debut credited English-language feature film of actor Calvin Lockhart who played the character of Brogue.
Julie Christie was offered the role of Caroline but turned it down. The film would have reunited her with previous co-stars Tom Courtenay and Laurence Harvey (from Billy Liar (1963) and Darling (1965), respectively).