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Saturday 10 December 2016

Hot Enough For June

    A few weekends ago now, my wife and I watched the 1964 film ‘Hot Enough For June’ a 1964 film starring Dirk Bogarde as an unemployed Czech-speaking writer Nicholas Whistler.
    Somewhere in British Intelligence an official hands in a number of passports, official property, as well as an item of personal property to a clerk standing behind a counter. These items are then placed in a drawer marked 007. The drawer is then closed, and the label turned over, it reads “DECEASED.” That put me in mind of the label on the grey filing cabinet in which ZM73 was filed away in, marked “RESIGNED.”
   Nicholas Whistler is recruited through the Labour Exchange to work as a trainee executive working for a glass company, which is a cover for British Intelligence. Whistler, because he speaks Czech, is sent on an undercover mission to
Prague to visit a glass factory there on what he thinks is a piece of friendly industrial espionage. He is given a recognition signal “It’s hot enough for June,” to which his contact will respond with “Ah but you should have been here last September.”
   Having arrived in Prague Whistler is given a driver, a young, and attractive woman Comrade Vlasta Simonova, who is herself a Czech agent, her father being head of the secret police. Whistler attracted to Comrade Vlasta Simonova asks her out, and they agree to meet at the “Golden Cockerel.” This information is passed to her father, Comrade Simonova head of the secret police, who despatches an “observer” to watch the couple at the “Golden Cockerel.” This scene pricked my ears up, as it was the word “Observer” which made me think of ‘the Prisoner.’ Leo Mckern also features in the film, as Comrade Simonova-head of the secret police intermittently drinks milk, so it appears like  
Number 2 in ‘A B and C’ and ‘The General,’ he suffers from a stomach ulcer!

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