This novel was published 51 years ago. But it still seems fresh today and despite its subject matter it is not dated. The film version widely diverges from the written plot.
'The Ipcress File' was the début work by Deighton and appeared right in the middle of the burgeoning East-West confrontations of Berlin and Cuba. There were also ongoing spy scandals, the defection of Philby and the Portland Spy Ring kept espionage centre-stage.
It does appear to be the work of an Angry Young Man, trying to create a kitchen-sink antithesis to James Bond or Bulldog Drummond, someone for whom Queen and Country is not a near-spiritual experience but a day job with… Read more
The challenge faced by the maker of any gangster film is to try to find a unique angle. The problem is that the nature of the gangster appears quite uniform, a group of individuals who see themselves as having no fear of the forces of the law and acting accordingly, making up their own rules to live by. The other problem is how to balance the film.
'The Godfather', seen as the gold standard of gangster films virtually completely ignored the nuts and bolts of organised crime - this is the organised criminal activity - and focused instead on the dynamics of the ruling elite and their interactions with rival organisations.
'Goodfellas' , took the opposing view, starting… Read more
I did approach this book with anticipation. I have been performing private research into the crisis and it was good for me to have a single volume account as a base-line.
Unfortunately this book sells itself on sensational revelations and a dramatic day-to-day account but falls short.
The Cuban Missile crisis was not something that started when the USA discovered the SS-4 sites on 14 October after a U-2 overflight. Still less did it start with JFK's televised announcement on 22 October. This is like stating that the Second World War started merely on 1 September 1939, when the origins are as important as the war itself. This is even more important in the First… Read more