The two quickly fall in love, but Judith's feelings are tested when Sverdlov is revealed to be a Russian agent eager to win her over to his cause. Blake Edwards directs wife Julie Andrews in this spy story about a British civil servant who is swept off her feet by Sharif, a dashing Russian. Meanwhile, when Sverdlov returns to his Paris office, he is told that his longtime secretary was taken ill and returned to Russia, replaced by another secretary he suspects is a plant. Based on the 1971 novel The Tamarind Seed by , the film is about a British Home Office functionary and a Soviet era attaché who are lovers involved in intrigue. Meanwhile, at a party at the British ambassador's house in Paris, Paterson's wife reveals to Stephenson's wife that she overheard Judith tell her husband about a Soviet official looking to defect.
He is safe in Canada and if she wants to visit him, it could be arranged. Loder agrees to the deal. Back at home, Judith is instructed never to see him again, but can't shake the attachment, and soon finds that both of their lives are in danger. The two spend time together exploring the island, visiting museums, and going out to dinner. At the airport, the Soviet assassins await his arrival, but Sverdlov avoids them with the help of Loder.
As he is leaving, however, he is spotted hiding the papers inside his jacket. To help Sverdlov pull off the defection, she agrees to accompany him back to Barbados so that his cover story with the Soviets will be convincing. In Paris, Sverdlov meets with General Golitsyn and assures him that he only needs a few more days with Judith to recruit her. When General Golitsyn is informed, he orders Sverdlov's public assassination at in London before he can fly to Barbados with Judith. Finding a streaming service to buy, rent, download, or view the Blake Edwards-directed movie via subscription can be challenging, so we here at Moviefone want to take the pressure off. He tells General Golitsyn that he's made a contact in Barbados, and that he believes he can recruit her. By debasing the moral coinage that allows men and women to deal with one another with even minimal trust or affection, the world is made safe for.
Sometime later, Judith and Sverdlov are reunited in Canada. During that time she had married and concentrated on raising their children. Afterwards, news reports indicate that Sverdlov was killed and Judith was taken to the hospital with injuries. . The skeptical Sverdlov thinks the story is a mere fairy tale. On her way back to London, she opens an envelope he gave her and finds a tamarind seed. The next night, Sverdlov is brought to Judith's apartment to meet Loder and asks for asylum.
Loder agrees to help arrange their rendezvous. Stephenson's wife reveals this news to her husband, who suspects Sverdlov to be the defector. The film score was composed by. She resists, however, so he decides to stay with her, which is easier said. He tells her that actually Sverdlov was not killed as reported, but was taken out of the bungalow just before the attack.
Back at home, Judith is instructed never to see him again, but can't shake the attachment, and soon finds that both of their lives are in danger. They blow up Sverdlov's bungalow with grenades and a fierce gunfight ensues between the killers and the British intelligence agents protecting Sverdlov. While they are falling in love under the Caribbean skies, Sharif tries to persuade Andrews to become a secret agent for the Soviet Union. The games themselves have grown overly familiar and predictably nihilistic: means are expended to achieve ends that possess reality only to those unknown bookkeepers who keep track of the debits and assets of international espionage. British intelligence officer Jack Loder is convinced that Sverdlov is planning to recruit Judith as a. Problems arise due to geopolitical concerns of the Cold War, for Judith is the assistant to an important minister serving in the British Home Office in London, and Feodor is the Soviet air attaché assigned in Paris to Soviet General Golitsyn.
She does not know that British intelligence has been searching for the identity of her husband—given the code name Blue. Soon after, Sverdlov meets Judith in London, and she reveals that British intelligence knows about them—just as he suspected. Interested in knowing what the movie's about? When British intelligence learns that Sverdlov is spending time with the mistress of a British minister, they begin monitoring their actions. On vacation from her job in the civil service, Judith Farrow Julie Andrews heads to the Caribbean where she befriends a debonair Russian named Feodor Sverdlov Omar Sharif. Back in London, after telling Stephenson that the Blue files were destroyed in the fire, Loder reveals to his assistant that he knows that Stephenson is Blue and will be taken care of in time. It was Andrews' first film in four years, since. The two quickly fall in love, but Judith's feelings are tested when Sverdlov is revealed to be a Russian agent eager to win her over to his cause.
General Golitsyn sends his assassins to Barbados to complete their deadly mission. Meanwhile, Loder meets with Stephenson and updates him on Sverdlov's defection and the secret Blue files that will reveal the identity of the Soviet spy in the British government. Loder then travels to Barbados to visit Judith who is recovering from her injuries at St Patricia Nursing Home, Barbados. In Barbados, Judith and Sverdlov enjoy a beautiful sunset together and finally make love. They find pleasure in each other's company as they visit colorful places on the island, but there are complications to their budding romance after their holiday in the tropical paradise comes to an end.
Judith and Sverdlov share details about their private lives—about her husband who died in a car crash, her recent unhappy affair, his unhappy marriage, and his disillusion with the. The system kills—by moral attrition, or violently, physically—but always the abstraction of international security is best preserved by a terrible and wasteful expenditure of human resources. Later, Stephenson reveals to Paterson that British intelligence knows about his affair, and that his former mistress has been identified as a security risk based on her contact with Sverdlov. He offers to provide the identity of the secret Communist spy Blue, in return for a safe new life in Canada. When he meets with British minister Fergus Stephenson Dan O'Herlihy , he learns that Stephenson suspects that his wife was given secret intelligence information and wants the man identified. When she phones him, he asks her to deliver it to him in Paris.