The 1966 movie of John Le Carre’s book…
This is a great film; ‘The Deadly Affair’ starring the legendary James Mason in an adaptation of John Le Carre’s book ‘A Murder of Quality’.
There are quite significant moments of future Le Carre’s biggest star, George Smiley in the way the relationship of Mason and his wife unravels throughout the film and it gives a valuable insight into life and love in the early sixties.
Maximilian Schell plays a key role as, amongst other parts the love interest of Mason’s wife played by Harriet Andersson. It is a wonderful film which has all of the intrigue, character and style of films of the same genre from that era such as The Ipcress File.
What stood out for me was the music, effortlessly flowing throughout the film with orchestration by Quincy Jones and a brilliant piece featuring Astrud Gilberto. Sometimes the music is just so right in a film, the string section capture the feel of the era superbly. So it’s not what i might listen to in the car but hearing this as I watched the credits took me to 1966 in a flash.
It is available on DVD at a remarkably low price so well worth a look. Here’s the opening credits with music by Quincy Jones, listen and look at the stills. I love it.