Filmed by a British company just after the communist victory of 1959, Our Man presents the last days of the capitalist regime in Havana.
Graham Greene, who was friends with Fidel Castro and also recruited by MI6 to perform spy missions in exotic locations, wrote the script. This suggests why the amusing recruitment scene at Sloppy Joe’s Bar feels as though it might have details adapted from astute local experience.
Before the revolutionary government ‘nationalized’ the bar, Sloppy Joe’s had an iconic international reputation. After expanding a number of times, Sloppy Joe’s had one of the largest mahogany drinks cabinets in the world – as Hawthorne remarks: I’ve never seen so many whiskeys.’ …
The full 300 word version of this scene location analysis is published in World Film Locations Havana, edited by Ann Marie Stock, published by Intellect Books, 2014.