The Ipcress File


(out of 5)

The opposite of James Bond is ‘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.

The Rank Organisation

United Kingdom, 1965

Directed by

Screenplay by , , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Cannes Film Festival 1965

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