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Sunday 11th January 5:00 PM

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies 

Director: Michel Hazanavicius Country: France
Cert: 12A Year: 2006 Length: 99 mins Language: French
OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

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Audience Reaction

Score: 75.56% Attendance: 175


  • More details on this film at the Internet Movie Database


Don't expect political correctness in this spy spoof which sends up Agent OSS-117, the ‘French Bond’ (although he actually predates 007): Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath is a supercool smug character who displays both a ridiculous hero-worship of his nation's uninspired statesman, President René Coty, and a superiority akin to that of Peter Sellers’ Clouseau. The year is 1955, and OSS-117 has been sent to Cairo to monitor the growing Suez crisis, make contact with beautiful agent Larmina (Bérénice Bejo) and promote France’s ambitions in the area – more scope for Hazanavicius’s cheeky satire. Add in the loving care devoted to the period treatment, and it’s no surprise that this has been such a box-office hit in France.


open_quote This light-hearted pastiche is a recommended antidote to 'Quantum of Solace.' close_quote WALLY HAMMOND, TIME OUT


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