ⓘ Spy (2012 Russian film)

Spy (2012 Russian film)

ⓘ Spy (2012 Russian film)

Spy is a 2012 Russian spy film, an adaptation of Boris Akunins novel The Spy Novel. It was directed by Alexey Andrianov, and starred Danila Kozlovsky and Fyodor Bondarchuk. Akunin adapted his own novel. It had one of the largest film budgets in Russian history.


1. Plot

The movie is set in the year 1941, months before the German invasion of Russia. The two protagonists, NKVD officers Dorin and Oktyabrsky, are hunting a German Abwehr spy in Moscow. They believe their success might reveal Hitlers plans and the exact date of invasion.

It is implied that Dorin is a distant relative of Erast Fandorin, the most popular character of Akunins books.


2. Cast

  • Edgar Bolke - Admiral Wilhelm Canaris
  • Fyodor Bondarchuk - October - Senior Major of State Security
  • Boris Kamorzin - Lyalin, chauffeur of the NKVD
  • Eckie Hoffman - Adolf Hitler
  • Maxim Maltsev
  • Viktoriya Tolstoganova - Iraida Petrakovich
  • Oleksiy Gorbunov - Selentsov, Vassers Connector
  • Vladimir Epifantsev - senior lieutenant of the Kogan state security
  • Dmitry Nazarov - father of Nadya
  • Sergei Gazarov - Peoples Commissar
  • Felix Schultess - driver of Admiral Wilhelm Canaris
  • Viktor Verzhbitsky - Lezhava, a member of the NKVD
  • Anna Chipovskaya - Nadya
  • Alexander Kuznetsov - NKVD officer
  • Danila Kozlovsky - Yegor Dorin
  • Andrey Merzlikin - Karpenko
  • Mikhail Filippov - Leader
  • Ekaterina Melnik - Lyubov Serova

3. Differences from the book

  • October according to the book allegedly shot himself in a telephone booth, and in the movie the death of Oktyabrsky, shot down by a truck, is presented as a real fact, and an important subtext was missed - a Gypsy woman told Oktyabrsky that he would die at exactly 12 days. And when in the office at the Lubyanka clock strikes, communication is interrupted. However, at the end of the film, the announcer said that the October body was not found.
  • In the book, 82 passengers became victims of a double-decker trolleybus accident set up by the NKVD ; in the film, the number was reduced to 43 people.
  • The film shows the means of tracking, which were first used by the secret services of the USSR after the war, the video conference of Admiral Canaris and Hitler and night-vision goggles. All these technical inventions were in that period only in the design stages of development.
  • In the novel, Stalin takes Kogan in his Kremlin office. In the film, this episode is hyperbolic - the meeting takes place in a huge room on the top floor of the Palace of Soviets. According to the book, Vasser "disconnects" Beria for 15 minutes during a meeting with the Leader. In the film, the Peoples Commissar simply leaves, leaving Stalin and Vasser alone, while Vasser discharges the firing pen in the stained-glass window as a sign of peaceful intentions.
  • According to the film, the radio operator Karpenko gives testimony in a special laboratory under the influence of "medicine." In the book, it does not reach the laboratory, Karpenko "split" on the spot.
  • In the film, Yegor Doren conducts radio communication sessions with the Abwehr after meeting Petrakovich under the ground, somewhere near the metro station, from where he is selected through a sewer. In the book, he is imprisoned in an evicted house, from where he escapes through the entrance.
  • In the film, the meeting between Beria and Dorin takes place in the corridor of the Central Building on Lubyanka, from where Yegor is being detained by NKVD officers. The Peoples Commissar demands that he be expelled from the organs, since they here "do not need tantrums." In the book, the meeting of them takes place in the office of October one-on-one, and Beria appears much calmer. She and Dorin deal with the problem of the missing October, and the Peoples Commissar speaks about Dorin from a positive point of view and no one drives him out of his organs.
  • "Book" Dorin does not decipher the Vasser radiograms. The Peoples Commissar being himself in error convinces Yegor that there will be no war in the near future.
  • The protagonist Yegor Doreen, captured, holds only one communication session there. In the book, Doreen is a prisoner chained to a bed for four weeks. All this time, he sends encrypted messages to the Abwehr, and the Zateya task force itself considers him heroically dead on his return, Yegor discovers his faded photograph in the sun at the" They died for the glory of the Motherland” stand.
  • During the interrogation of Kogan, according to the doctor, the" object” can answer questions not three, but twenty-three minutes. Accordingly, he manages to tell Oktyabrsky and Dorin that the war will begin on June 22, which Oktyabrsky immediately tries to report to the Peoples Commissar, but he has already flown to the commanding districts.
  • The setting of action in the book and film is the idealized capital of the USSR, designed according to the projects of the 1930s. In this Moscow, the Palace of Soviets was built although in reality before the Great Patriotic War it was only being laid and never built, a monument to Dzerzhinsky was erected on Lubyanskaya Square in reality it was installed later - in the 1950s, and the NKVD building behind it already rebuilt about the Shchusev project in reality, finally implemented only by the early 1980s, periodically zeppelins are seen in the air, MTV-82 trolleybuses run in the streets in reality, these trolleybuses began to be produced after the Second World War. Many street scenes were filmed in Minsk.
  • At the end of the film, Dorin claims that the war will begin "tomorrow at four in the morning." According to the book, until June 22, there are still ten days left for Dorin to go on vacation on the advice of the Peoples Commissar. In the film, he again meets with Nadia, and during their meeting, the message about the beginning of the war sounds, and it tells about the future fate of Dorin, mentions the birth of a son and the participation of Dorin in a special operation in 1942. Accordingly, the ending is completely created by the film writers. In the book there is no word about the future of Lieutenant Dorin. All that we know his desire to leave the bodies and return to the pilots.
  • In the film, Lyubov Serova and Oktyabrsky dance first tango, and then salsa. But salsa originated in the 1970s.

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