Directed by Ken Russell, this was the third film to star Michael Caine as Harry Palmer, spy novelist Len Deighton's reluctant hero. Having left government intelligence work, Palmer, now a private eye, accepts an assignment to deliver some mysterious "eggs" to Helsinki. There he meets Leo
Newbegin (Malden), a one-time CIA agent who now works for General Midwinter (Begley), a wealthy Texan who is determined to stamp out international communism by using his private army to spark a revolution in Latvia that will spread throughout the USSR. British intelligence blackmails Palmer into
joining the fray, and, in the process, he confronts his old Soviet nemesis, Colonel Sto...