Hamilton: In the Interest of the Nation

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Agent Hamilton:
In the Interest of the Nation
Directed by Kathrine Windfeld[1]
Produced by Jan Marnell
Written by Hans Gunnarsson
Stefan Jaworski
Stefan Thunberg
Based on I nationens intresse 
Jan Guillou
Starring Mikael Persbrandt
Pernilla August
Jason Flemyng
David Dencik
Music by Philippe Boix-Vives
Jon Ekstrand
Cinematography Jonas Alarik
Edited by Sofia Lindgren
Distributed by SF International Sales[2]
Release date(s)
  • January 13, 2012 (2012-01-13)
Running time 109 min
Country Sweden
Language Swedish

Agent Hamilton: In the Interest of the Nation is a 2012 spy film directed by Danish director Kathrine Windfeld.[3] The film was supported by the Swedish Film Institute.[4] It is the first part of a trilogy.[5] Hamilton: In the Interest of the Nation preceded Agent Hamilton: But Not If It Concerns Your Daughter.[6]


Carl Hamilton must leave his girlfriend because he gets assigned to infiltrate an international gang of smugglers who are about to sell Swedish missiles to terrorists. Hamilton's life depends on making the criminals at all times believe he was a Russian. When the weapon dealers and the terrorists meet, the whole transaction haywires and Hamilton has to kill and run. Being on his own, he cannot retrieve the missiles. Back in Sweden he is berated by a new superior. He returns to his girlfriend and admits he wants to quit his job. They have a reunion but she is a doctor and has to leave him in the middle of the night because of an emergency. He falls into sleep, recalling in his dream how he had to kill at close range during his recent mission. When she touches him while his nightmare peaks, he reacts as if he still was among cutthroats. Before he can even open his eyes he carries out a trained reflex and kills her. Obviously shocked and dismayed he leaves he flat. He blames his mentor DG for having him turned into a killing machine. DG persuades him not to give himself up and sends him abroad to rescue a Swedish technician who seems to be involved in the matter of the smuggled Swedish missiles. But a Western agency for mercenaries named Sectragon plans to kindle a new war as a profitable new business opportunity. They even attempt to assassinate a foreign head of state in Sweden. Hamilton can confound their scheme. Finally he visits the inspector who investigates the death of his late girlfriend. He comes clear but also tells her to drop the case. Hamilton must keep on doing his job because it is just... In the interest of the nation...



While filming in Jordan the film crew was employed about 80 local contributors.[7] The Swedish Embassy pointed out The Royal Film Commission had been very helpful during pre-production and shooting of Hamilton: In the Interest of the Nation.[8] Sweden's diplomatic misson screened the film on the National Day of Sweden 2013 at the Al-Hussein Cultural Center in Amman as proof for the "close cultural cooperation between Sweden and Jordan".[9] The film's executive producer Johan Mardell explained to the The Jordan Times a great deal of the film had been shot in Jordan, including parts of the story when the action seems to take place in Eritrea or Somalia. He expressed how greatly he'd appreciated the local support.[10]


In January 2012 "Hamilton: In the Interest of the Nation" was Sweden's "No 1 blockbuster".[11][12] Consequently by the end of January 2012 SF International Sales had already been able to sell it to more than ten foreign markets.[11][13] At the end of the year it was due to 512,661 admissions recognised as the most successful Swedish film in his home country in 2012.[14][15] On the occasion of this film adaption Carl Hamilton was compared to James Bond.[16]

DVD Release[edit]

An making-of in English does exist and can be found (with German subtitles) on the German DVD version.[17] However, not all DVD versions for English-speaking buyers include it.[18]


  1. ^ "Kathrine Windfeld". Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  2. ^ "Agent Hamilton: In the Interest of the Nation". Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  3. ^ "Film director Kathrine Windfeld is this year’s Head of Programme for OFF13". Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  4. ^ "Swedish Film Institute backs ‘Easy Money’ sequel". Variety. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  5. ^ "Agent Hamilton: In the Interest of the Nation". Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  6. ^ "Hamilton 2: But Not If It Concerns Your Daughter". Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  7. ^ "Film Jordan June Newsletter". Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  8. ^ "Swedish feature film "Hamilton" filming in Jordan". Retrieved 2011-05-05. 
  9. ^ "Invitation to film screening on the Swedish National Day". Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  10. ^ "Jordan should strengthen cultural ties with Europe — film producer". Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  11. ^ a b Jensen, Jorn Rossing (2013-01-20). "Three Swedish films top local charts and more to come". cineuropa.org. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  12. ^ "Nouvago investment Hamilton opens up at swedish box office nr. 1". Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  13. ^ "Sweden's next crime hits include Nobel's Last Will, Hamilton". Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  14. ^ Jensen; Jorn Rossing (2013-01-30). "More admissions – for local and European films – in Swedish cinemas 2012". cineuropa.org. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  15. ^ "Swedish box office hits 25-year high". Variety. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  16. ^ "Hamilton: I Nationens Intresse". Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  17. ^ "Agent Hamilton". Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  18. ^ "Hamilton: In the Interest of the Nation (I nationens intresse) (Blu-ray) (2012)". Retrieved 2013-04-03. 

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