Saturday, June 23, 2018
How a CIA-spy film "Three Days of the Condor" started an episode in my life
In early October 1975, I recall seeing “Three Days of the Condor” in a big theater on 86th Street on the Upper East Side (when I was living in lower Manhattan).
After I left the theater, I encountered a newsstand with a little magazine that told me about Dan Fry’s group “Understanding” in Arizona, about UFO’s. In early November 1975, Travis Walton would report his “abduction” in northern Arizona. In early December, I would use a little vacation and make a 4-day air-car-rental trip to Arizona to look into this and visit Understanding. That started a significant activity in my life.
But the film (directed by Sydney Pollack [for Dino de Laurentis and Paramount] and based on James Grady’s novel) is controversial. It presents Robert Redford as Joseph (“Condor”) Turner, a librarian in the pre-internet days whose job for the CIA was to read everything that got published and connect the dots.
Condor himself is in mortal danger when one day after lunch he finds six of his co-workers assassinated.
The film will actually get into the idea that the 1973 energy crisis (and oil embargo) could severely curtail American lifestyles.