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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 Films

Release in France : 23/11/1973


    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...

    Actors (28)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Associate producer :

    Cerito Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

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    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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    Runtime :

    1 h 33 min

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