The Scorpio Letters
Directed byRichard Thorpe
Written byJo Eisinger
Adrian Spies
Based onThe Scorpio Letters
by Victor Canning
Produced byRichard Thorpe
StarringAlex Cord
Shirley Eaton
Laurence Naismith
CinematographyEllsworth Fredricks
Edited byRichard W. Farrell
Music byDave Grusin
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
19 February 1967
Running time
120 minutes
CountriesUnited Kingdom
United States

The Scorpio Letters is a 1967 American-British thriller film directed by Richard Thorpe and starring Alex Cord, Shirley Eaton and Laurence Naismith. It was produced by MGM Television and shot mainly at MGM studios in Hollywood.[1][2] It was broadcast by ABC in the United States while being given a theatrical release in several countries including Britain. It was the last film directed by Thorpe in a lengthy and prolific career.[3] It is based on the 1964 novel of the same title by Victor Canning.[4]

There are significant differences between the book and the film version, which was designed to take advantage of the spy boom following the success of James Bond. Eaton's link to that series was advertised by billing her as "The Goldfinger Girl". The film's sets were designed by the art directors Addison Hehr and George W. Davis. As it was intended for a cinematic run in several markets, particularly in Europe, it was made with higher production values than was often common for television films. It received positive reviews with Variety describing it as "very hip".[5]


Joe Christopher an American in London working for British Intelligence joins forces with Phoebe Stewart to investigate the death of a fellow agent who was the victim of a blackmail plot. Their pursuit of the truth takes them to Paris and an Alpine ski resort.



  1. ^ Cord, Alex (2016). From Wheelbarrow To Ferrari: And Back Again. Texas: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. p. 237. ISBN 978-1539355397.
  2. ^ "Lord Mayor Visits". The Tampa Times. 1 September 1966. p. 3.
  3. ^ Murphy p.586
  4. ^ Goble p.69
  5. ^ Variety. February 22, 1967. p. 42