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Photography: (Metrocolor, Panavision):
Curt Gunther, Tazio Secchiaroli
Sophia plays a marginal role which is unsuited for her. She appears in the movie for about ten minutes as her character is killed in the middle of the movie.
After its premiere in the US garnered a lukewarm reception, MGM tried changing the title to The Great Spy Mission, believing that the word "operation" in the original title might lead people to think it was a medical film, a genre which wasn't doing well at the box office in the mid-1960s. (TV Guide)
Sophia's voice is dubbed by Rita Savagnone (
"What is Sofia Loren doing there?"
Il Corriere Lombardo (21 oct 1965)
"The widow is played intensely by a black-wigged Sophia Loren."
Bosley Crowther, New York Times (2 apr 1965)
"There are no minor roles. The interest a character has in not based on the the duration he or she appears on the screen.
I was interested in mine because it showed the worthlessness of war."
"Miss Loren has a brief but unforgettable part as the widow of the agent whose identity Peppard borrows."
Alan Ward, Oakland Tribune, 12 aug 1965