Dir: Sidney Furie
Starring: Frank Sinatra and Peter Vaughan
An American businessman is unwittingly duped into killing a spy
This unsuccessful British espionage film features a background story whereby a defecting spy is taking a train journey to Russia across Europe. The part of the journey from France to Frankfurt actually uses the Bluebell Railway (!) with one of the line’s ex-LBSCR Class AIX ‘Terrier’ 0-6-0Ts and ex-GWR ‘Dukedog’ 4-4-0 No.3217 working trains. Stations used appear to be Kingscote and Horsted Keynes. There is also a partly obscured low-level run-by of an express on the Southern Region hauled by one of the Bulleid Pacific’s in their last year of operation, and the wheels and motion of a passing train, probably also of a Southern region express. All rather odd given the context of the film. The movie was based on Francis Clifford’s 1966 novel of the same name.