One of the CIA’s top international operatives, Miles Kendig suddenly finds himself relegated to a desk job in an agency power play. Unwilling to go quietly, Kendig writes a memoir exposing the innermost secrets of every major intelligence agency in the world.
Only modestly entertaining espionage comedy from director Ronald Neame is too easy-going to work as a spy thriller, and the humor is too slight to really work as a comedy. Walter Matthau is always entertaining, and he's backed by a great supporting cast that includes Glenda Jackson, Ned Beatty, Sam Waterston, and Herbert Lom - the cast manages to make it watchable, but not really memorable.
God, I love Walter Matthau in this. Between his performance and the constant needling of Ned Beatty's character through a series of hilarious screw-jobs Hopscotch is an unsung classic. It would be one of those underwhelmingly dull and actionless old man spy movies, but the comedic element really brought it to life.