In this short scene, we see a trope that has been used in many spy movies. In fact, we see it in spy movies from Hitchcock thrillers through Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible and naturally, many James Bond movies. Of course, we’re talking about the “Got a cigarette” Spy to Spy password conversation to validate to the other person you are who they think you are. In this case, Hammond asks man: “Got a cigarette?” The man gives him the cigarette. However, in reality, it’s a Comm or a note wrapped around the cigarette.
The note says “The supercharger is the enemy’s objective. They may know of proposed flight from secret agent here.”
This is a very important scene for the movie. The note tells Hammond that he was right about the supercharger. Therefore, Hammond knows he has to remove it before the next test flight. Thank goodness that note was written on that cigarette. What would he have done if it wasn’t?
We think Leslie Bradley was the actor playing the man Hammond got the note from. He was also the assistant in the scene in Hammond’s office. His role was uncredited and it was such a brief shot of his face. Therefore, although we’re not certain it was him, we believe it was. The uniform he had on said “Barrett & Ward” which is the airplane company who’s airplanes went missing. So, even though he was passing notes, he looked like he worked for the airplane company. Just as any good spy would.