Most other movies which were inspired on the cold war were from the view of "our side" this one was inspired on the Russian KGB side.
I've seen this movie a lot of times on tv, and it is one of the best.
The story line is like that of a thriller, ordinary people who can be triggered with one sentence into dangerous terrorists and do what they were programmed to do. And that the list of these poeple fell in the wrong hands.
Well a good storyline is not all, it has to be worked out well also.
And they did that, the suspense is building up slowely, first finding the agents and stopping them and then finding the person who triggers them.
Ofcourse this goes with a lot of action, but not to much to forget the story, Most movies make that mistake nowadays.
Let's say it's an action movie with also a good storyline.
Charles Bronsen puts down an excellent Grigori Borzov.
And makes this movie a true timeless masterpiece.