Corrected entry: The MacGuffin here is the reel of film from the Soviet spy satellite, with the plot predicated on the satellite having inadvertently photographed the USSR's own military installations, a windfall prize for the West if it can be captured. The plot, then, is entirely gratuitous, because the Western Powers also had their own spy satellites to do exactly that job without all the melodramatic adventure. The British agent Mr Jones even describes in detail that the Russian spysat is based on stolen Western technology.
Corrected entry: The Russian fighters (as emblemed with Red Stars), seen approximately 1 hour in the film when the Russians are searching for the downed capsule, aren't actually russian planes: they are English, Lightining F-61 fighter planes.
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