KGB agent Major Valeri Petrofsky has been reassigned at the request of the KGB Chairman for a secret mission wherein he is sent to England to establish a residence near an American military base and receive various items from couriers from the USSR. John Preston is the top British spy catcher, currently at odds with his superior because he doesn't lick his boots. After he conducts an operation without his superior's permission caused his superior some embarrassment, he is reassigned to the menial task of overseeing airports and ports. One day one the couriers Petrofsky was expecting comes off a freighter has an accident which leaves him dead. Preston is informed by the pathologist that the man is not a seaman so Preston goes through his things and finds that he was carrying something which he is told is an atomic bomb component. Preston now suspects that someone is bringing in parts for an atomic bomb, his superior doesn't want to let Preston be proven right so he doesn't authorize ... Written by
If the Fourth Protocol is ever breached, there would be no warning, just a nuclear explosion from a bedsitter...The unthinkable has just begun...
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Did You Know?
The Fourth Protocol is an unwritten agreement between nuclear powers that nuclear weapons will only be delivered to their target by conventional means, e.g. dropped from aircraft or on missiles. It effectively prevents them being left in luggage lockers or delivered by postal companies (and in the case of this film, being assembled and left in a house close to the target) See more
The van's blue number plate gets smashed when trying to escape the traffic jam, yet is intact later. See more
[after Preston finds out about the polonium disc and presents his report
I regard this report as alarmist, irresponsible and lacking sufficient evidence.
[surprised and irritated
Evidence? Can't you read?
That metal disc can only be used as part of trigger for an atom bomb...
That remains to be seen. Don't think I don't know what's goin' on Preston. You're trying to worm your way back into favours by dreaming up some far fetched story of which you naturally are the hero...
Referenced in Life Itself
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor, Op. 47
(excerpt from 1st movement: Allegro moderato)
Composed by Jean Sibelius See more