The Ipcress File (1965)

Directed by
Sidney J. Furie

By 1965, the James Bond series of movies - starring Sean Connery as suave 007 - ruled the roost. The Ipcress File, based on Len Deighton's novel, introduced us to Harry Palmer, the exact opposite to Bond. Played with great aplomb by Michael Caine, Palmer was anything but sophisticated, although the bespectacled Bermondsey boy knew how to cook a tasty dish, and certainly bedded one or two.

The Ipcress File spawned a number of sequels, but this is definitely the best as Palmer's persistent sleuthing gradually unearths KGB spys within his own network. The famous brainwashing sequence is still disturbing, more than 40 years on.

Highly recommended.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 109 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1965

4/5 Stars

Classification: PG Certificate

Production Country: UK

Filmed in Colour


Image for Michael CaineMichael Caine...Sgt. Harry Palmer
Nigel Green...Major Dalby
Guy Doleman...Col. H.L. Ross
Sue Lloyd...Agent Jean Courtney
Image for Gordon JacksonGordon Jackson...Agent Jock Carswell
Aubrey Richards...Dr. Radcliffe Kidnapped from Train
Frank Gatliff...Bluejay aka Erik Ashley Grantby
Thomas Baptiste...Barney
Oliver MacGreevy...Bluejay's Chief of Staff
Freda Bamford...Dalby's Secretary
Pauline Winter...Charlady
Anthony Blackshaw...Edwards
Barry Raymond...Agent Gray
David Glover...Agent Chilcott-Oakes
Stanley Meadows...Inspector Pat Keightley
Peter Ash...Sir Robert
Michael Murray...Raid Inspector
Anthony Baird...Raid Sgt.
Tony Caunter...O.N.I. man
Charles Rea...Agent Killed on train