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A Dandy in Aspic

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A Dandy in Aspic
Movie poster
Country UKD.jpg United Kingdom
Directed by Anthony Mann
Release Date 1968
Language English
Distributor Columbia Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Alex Eberlin/George Dancer/Krasnevin Laurence Harvey
Gatiss Tom Courtenay
Caroline Mia Farrow
Fraser Harry Andrews
Prentiss Peter Cook
Sobakevich Lionel Stander
Pavel Per Oscarsson
Miss Vogler Barbara Murray

A Dandy in Aspic is a 1968 neo-noir Cold War spy thriller based on Derek Marlowe's 1968 novel, filmed on location in London and West Berlin following a British double agent played by Laurence Harvey who is hired to kill a Soviet assassin that turns out to be himself. When director Anthony Mann died during production, Harvey took over directing himself.

The following firearms were used in the film A Dandy in Aspic:


FN Model 1910

Pavel (Per Oscarsson) carries an FN Model 1910, which Eberlin (Laurence Harvey) handles on screen and in promotional artwork for the film.

FN Model 1910 - .380 ACP
Pavel draws his FN Model 1910 on Eberlin during a late night visit.
Eberlin looks at both Pavel's FN Model 1910 and his own Smith & Wesson on Pavel's bed.
Eberlin picks up Pavel's FN Model 1910.
Pavel's FN Model 1910 lands on the bed next to his needle.
Eberlin holds Pavel's own FN Model 1910 on him.


British intelligence agent Copperfield (Norman Bird) draws his M1911A1 before pursuing a Soviet operative in London.

World War II Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP. This was an issued U.S. Army pistol with parkerized finish, thus the official designation of M1911A1
Copperfield handles his M1911A1 while riding with Eberlin.

Smith & Wesson Model 40

Eberlin (Laurence Harvey) keeps a Smith & Wesson Model 40 as his primary sidearm, typically carried in a coat pocket.

Smith & Wesson Model 40 "Centennial" with grip safety - 38 Special
Eberlin checks the five-round load in his Smith & Wesson.
Eberlin bursts into Pavel's apartment, revolver drawn.
Eberlin with his Smith & Wesson.
Hearing a late-night knocking on his hotel room door, Eberlin pulls out his Smith & Wesson.
Eberlin keeps his Smith & Wesson handy during a meeting with Russian agents.

FÉG Tokagypt 58

Several characters use the FÉG Tokagypt 58 pistol, likely standing in for the Russian Tokarev TT-33. MI6 agent Brogue (Calvin Lockhart) tests one in the basement gun range, handing it to Eberlin (Laurence Harvey) who uses it to fire a shot in Gatiss' direction. Several Russian agents, including Henderson (John Bird), also carry the Tokagypt.

FÉG Tokagypt 58 - 9x19mm Parabellum
Brogue fires his Tokagypt.
Brogue hands the Tokagypt to Eberlin.
With little regard to firearm safety, Eberlin takes the Tokagypt from Eberlin.
"Nice balance," Eberlin observes after firing the Tokagypt.
Eberlin fires Henderson's Tokagypt pistol.



Guards at the border between East and West Berlin carry SKS rifles.

SKS - 7.62x39mm
A border guard behind Caroline (Mia Farrow) carries an SKS rifle slung over his shoulder.


Cane gun

As seen in James Bond films like the Climax! TV adaptation of Casino Royale and The World is Not Enough, a cane gun is prominently used in the world of espionage, in this case as the preferred weapon of Gatiss (Tom Courtenay).

Real .38 cane gun (manufacturer unknown).
Gatiss gives Brogue a stern warning.
Gatiss prepares to fire his cane gun.

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