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How to Destroy the Reputation of the Greatest Secret Agent...

How to Destroy the Reputation of the Greatest Secret Agent...

A Feature film by Philippe de Broca

Produced by Simar Films, Les Films Ariane, Mondex et Cie

Release in France : 23/11/1973

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Cerito Films

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When a secret agent is eaten by a shark in a telephone box, ace spy Bob Saint-Clair is sent on a mission to Mexico, to confront his arch-enemy Karpof, assisted by his beautiful partner Tatiana…  Thus begins the latest pulp fiction novel by François Merlin, a lonely middle-aged writer who dreams of having a love affair with his neighbour Christine and of getting his revenge on his odious publisher Charron – fantasies which he plays out in his novels.  One day, Christine borrows some of Merlin’s books and becomes obsessed with his fiction, finding plenty of material for her sociology thesis.  Believing that she prefers his fictional hero to him, Merlin decides to destroy his fictional alter-ego Bob Saint-Clair...

Full credits (16)

Assistant Director :

Tony Aboyantz

Screenwriters :

Francis Veber, Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Philippe de Broca

Sound Recordist :

Jean Labussière

Camera Operator :

Jean-Paul Schwartz

Editor :

Henri Lanoé

Continuity supervisor :

Suzanne Durrenberger

Artistic Director :

François de Lamothe

Still Photographer :

Maurice Chapiron

Producers :

Robert Amon, Georges Dancigers, Alexandre Mnouchkine

Director of Photography :

René Mathelin

Assistant Operators :

Philippe Bordas, Jean-Paul Cornu

Production Manager :

Alain Belmondo

Assistant editors :

Monique André, Catherine Dubeau

Music Composer :

Claude Bolling

Sound Mixer :

Jean Nény

Location Manager :

Alain Pancrazi

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Feature film

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Literature, Travel, Love

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France, Italy

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Majority French (France, Italy)

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1 h 33 min

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