The Ipcress File (1965)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

United Kingdom, 1965.  The Rank Organisation.  Screenplay by , , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

The opposite of James Bond is Michael Caine‘s superspy Harry Palmer: he wears glasses, is a bit lanky, never cracks a smile and is hard to get to know.  Like his licensed-to-kill colleague, though, he’s randy as hell and gets it on with any girl he can find, so really it’s not that much of a stretch to enjoy this thriller. In the first of four films that would feature Caine as Palmer, the sullen agent is sent on a mission to find out information regarding a group of Western scientists who have gone missing and have emerged from their hiding completely brainwashed. Caine makes a fantastic antihero, sexy and admirable in all the strangest ways.

Cannes Film Festival:  In Competition

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