|Foreign Exchange (1969,
British) Credits: Robert Horton, Sebastian
Cabot, Jill St. John, Eric Pohlmann, Dudley Foster, Clive Graham,
Directed by: Roy (Ward) Baker.
Sequel to "The Spy Killer"
This synopsis written by: Toby Wolfe. Photo
captures: Toby Wolfe.
John Smith (Robert Horton) is an American working as a
not-too-successful private detective in London. Five years previously he worked as a super-spy for both the
British and the US intelligent services.
But he didnít really trust his British superior, the mysterious and devious Max, (played by
Sebastian Cabot) who is constantly trying to get him back to work for
Smith has a beautiful girlfriend Mary Harper (Jill St.
John) who is a model. The
film opens with her coming to his apartment to wake him up to drive
her to a riding lesson. But
their plans are thwarted when two men arrive and insist that he
accompanies them to see Max. They
make it clear that he has no choice.
Max knows Smith needs money and offers him £10,000 to take
part in a scheme to exchange a former Russian spy (Antonov) who was a
double agent for both the KGB and the Brits.
Smith is to go to Russia and get himself arrested for trying to
pass material to a Russian Army officer.
The plan is that he will then be exchanged for the former KGB
spy who will then feed misinformation to the Russians.
He is promised that this will all take place quickly, but he
refuses the job.
Later on, he and Mary are in her apartment when two
men from the Immigration Service turn up and tell Smith that his
girlfriend will be deported to the US immediately as there is
something wrong with her visa. Smith
realizes this is a ploy by Max to get him to agree and he ends up
calling Max and saying he will take the job.
Smith is sent off to a house in the country to train for
the mission. While he is
there he meets an East German spy named Leo Tamir whom he thought he
had killed but who is now working for the US. Leo tells him about a
KGB Colonel named Barenskov who is very dangerous.
Smith goes to Russia disguised as a tractor salesman and
when he passes a cigarette lighter with some secret plans hidden in it
he is immediately taken into custody, beaten and tortured and then
brought before Colonel Barenskov;
Going along with the plan he refuses to give any information.
He is told that the man with whom he is to be exchanged has died.
Smith is sentenced to Siberia, but before he is sent off he
tells the Colonel about Maxís plan after he realizes that he has
been double-crossed. He then learns that the Russian officer really wants Leo
Tamir for personal reasons
Smith makes a deal with the Colonel.
He will turn over the Tamir in exchange for his freedom.
The Colonel has brought Mary Harper to Russia as part of a fashion
show and he will keep her for three weeks until Tamir is turned over.
If Smith is not successful he will kill Miss Harper.
Smith returns to the UK and tells Max he is now going to
sell something to the Americans. He
is contacted by the Americans who agree to get him in touch with Tamir.
Smith tells Leo he wants $100,000 or he will tell the Americans
that Leo is actually working
for the Russians. Tamir is to get the money from the Americans in exchange
for Russian military secrets Smith claims to have, but it is not true.
They will split the money between them. Meanwhile, Smith learns that Antonov was dead long
before he was supposed to be exchanged.
It was all a double-cross by Max who actually wants Leo to be sent
to Russia because he has been
feeding him disinformation that he hopes Leo will give to the Russians
when he is sent back there.
Smith meets Tamir at an abandoned airfield.
Leo gives him half the money and it becomes apparent that Max has
promised him that he will kill Smith so that the Americans
will not find out that Max has double-crossed them by using Leo as an unwitting
Smith escapes by posing as Leo when he is picked up
by a helicopter arranged by the KGB Colonel who thought he was getting the
German. Leo is killed by Maxís
men who think he is Smith. When
Smith meets the Colonel in Russia he tells the Colonel he would never work for
him. He tells him, ďThe next time you think of John Smith, donítĒ.
Smith goes back to London and picks up where he left off
with Mary Harper.