Martin Ritt directed this anti-Bond spy thriller, based on the John Le Carre novel, in 1965, methodically substituting dreariness for every ounce of 007 flash. Grim, monotonous, and rather facile, though Richard Burton’s aging agent has some honest poignancy. With Claire Bloom, Oskar Werner, Cyril Cusack, Peter Van Eyck, and Sam Wanamaker. 112 min.