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on 14 September 2015
a gritty cold war thriller set in the London of the late 50s/early 60's, with Palmer as the classic anti-hero, and an embryonic fore-runner of Bond
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on 20 November 2012
Read the book about 30 years ago. Old fashion thriller. Not comparable with the latest James Bond (Skyfall) but plain and simple with a nasty plot.
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on 25 December 2014
I always found that Harry Palmer and Callan, where more believable spies than James Bond.
"The Ipcress File" is definitely my favourite spy film.
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on 15 June 2015
The First Harry Palmer Film With Michael Caine

A Pleasant Change From Bond A Real Spy Not A Film Filled With Gadgets & Gizmos
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on 23 September 2013
Really interesting movie, A little contrived, and disjointed. Harry Palmer gets hung out to dry. Its all about the money.
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on 29 June 2015
Great tale of intrigue and mystery with terrific acting.Has stood the passage of time very well indeed!
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on 2 June 2010
This was bought as a present but watched it many years ago. Brilliant film for any Michael Caine fans.
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on 2 August 2007
I recorded this from the tv the other night as I just knew that it would be great to watch again. There's something about the gritty greyness of sixties London that draws you right into this movie. There's no glamour here, except for one of the female characters seduced by Palmer, and a lot of the action takes place in rather bleak, uninteresting rooms and places somewhere in the capital; but the film is loaded with atmosphere. Entirely unlike and so much better than James Bond. Michael Caine's Palmer is dead straight, but not without moments of humour; he's surprisingly sophisticated, but not preposterously so, and splendidly insolent to his superiors, the characters played by Nigel Green and Guy Doleman, rather suave, upper-class, ex-army types involved in the espionage game, who for all their coolness, can't seem to help finding Palmer supremely irksome.

You can't go wrong with it.
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on 17 March 2015
Bought for my husband but is enjoyed by myself and son too. Can't beat a bit of Michael Caine.
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on 24 April 2016
Caine at his very best. One of the greatest British films of the 60's and all time.
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