Colourful, pungently witty tale of conservative Oxford professor Sebastian (Dirk Bogarde) enlisting hot-tempered, swinging interior decorator Becky Howard (Susannah York) into his all-female Secret Service code-breaking department and getting more than he bargained for (dosed with LSD by ex-girlfriend Janet Munro’s Soviet spy friends).
When Elsa Shahn (Lilli Palmer) leaks information to a left-wing organisation he is forced to resign. The Head of Intelligence asks Sebastian’s help in breaking a new code used by Russian satellites.
Becky has meanwhile left the department and Sebastian finally locates her, discovering that she has a child – his son.
Playing with the infant, the sound of the baby’s rattle suddenly gives him a vital clue to the new code.
Former Miss World Ann Sidney, Donald Sutherland and disc jockey Alan Freeman appear in minor roles.
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