Jack Garner's Plan B: 'Triple Cross'

11:53 AM, Jan 14, 2013

Christopher Plummer, center, stars in film 'Triple Cross.' (Flickfacts.com)/

As an alternative, critic Jack Garner recommends:

TRIPLE CROSS. The Warner Archive, one of the best services that deliver certain rare older titles to order (via their website or on Amazon) has recently offered an entertaining film from the ’60s era of espionage thrillers, propelled by the birth of the 007 era. That’s where I came across this 1966 saga, loosely based on true exploits, and starring Christopher Plummer as an expert safecracker who gets recruited to spy on the British for the Nazis. In turn, he then becomes a spy for the British against his Nazi supervisors. Though not as taut or as action packed as the great spy thrillers, Triple Cross is appealing, in large part because of the expert cast and director — Plummer, Yul Brynner and Trevor Howard, plus three veterans of the Bond films, Thunderball’s Claudine Auger and Goldfinger’s Gert Frobe, plus director Terence Young (of Dr. No, From Russian with Love, Thunderball, and the great non-Bond thriller, Wait Until Dark). These are all folks who know what they’re doing, and the result is skillful and moderately exciting. I also couldn’t help thinking Plummer would have made a good Bond when Connery hung up his Walther PPK.

Director: Young.

Cast: Plummer, Brynner.

Jack’s rating: 8.

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