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The Ipcress File Funeral in Berlin Billion Dollar Brain Bullet to Beijing Midnight in St Petersburg



Introduction to Harry Palmer


This is the (unofficial) Harry Palmer movie site. The Harry Palmer movies belong to the "serious spy movies". Len Deighton wrote the novels, but Harry Saltzman (who was also one of the the producers of James Bond) and his team created the name and movie character. "Harry Palmer is the thinking man's James Bond", they said... Michael Caine starred as the "clever Cockney", the spy who wasn't as glamorous as 007, but was certainly more realistic. The first three movies, The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin and Billion Dollar Brain, were stylishly made by Saltzman and his team in the Sixties. Much later, two more were made in 1995, Bullet to Beijing and Midnight in St. Petersburg. Unfortunately these films missed everything that made their predecessors so successful, except for Michael Caine, who had become older but was still a superpersonality on screen.

These pages are about Harry Palmer and everything around the short phenomenon. Check the movie pages in the menu for posters, stills, lobbycards, radiocommercials, featurettes, trailers, deleted scenes, soundtracks and a lot more. For more general information about the Harry Palmer phenomena, read this article.These pages describe as much as there is available about the movies or give links to other pages. Thanks to Terry Hine, Mark Isaacs,, Peter Hegenbarth and Pim Bergkamp for their great contributions. In case you have material to add, please mail me.

new ** 27 Aug'14 New Blu-Rays! Region 2 UK Ipcress File and 7 Oct Region 1 Billion Dollar Brain. See below. 10 Mar'14 Billion $ Brain dvd cover added here. 25 Feb'14 Very rare Michael Caine interview with Merv Griffin added here. 21 Feb'14 Very rare behind the scenes photos of Billion Dollar Brain AND production design sketch by Syd Cain here!!!18 Feb'14 Turkish videocover Ipcress added here.16 Feb'14 Ipcress dvd covers added here and Norwegian video cover here. Modern Ipcress poster here.10 Dec'13 New Billion $ Brain stills here.11 Apr'13 Two rare behind the scenes stills of Funeral in Berlin added here.25 Jan'13 Complete Harry Palmer collection released on dvd! Click here.9 Jan'13 B$B soundtrack composer Richard Rodney Bennett's obituary added here. ** new

Two BluRays released! 
Updated 27 Aug 2014
The Ipcress File was re-released on Blu-Ray (region 2) and this time with more extra's! Releasedate 28 July
  • Michael Caine is Harry Palmer - exclusive interview with Sir Michael Caine
  • The Design File - exclusive interview with production designer Sir Ken Adam
  • Commentary with director Sidney Furie and film editor Peter Hunt
  • Michael Caine Goes Stella comedy short
  • 1969 documentary: Candid Caine
  • Original theatrical trailer (HD), textless material (HD) and US radio commercials
  • Extensive image galleries (HD)
  • Commemorative booklet

Billion Dollar Brain BluRay (region 1) will be released on 7 October 2014!

No word about extra's yet...

Finally! A complete collection of all five Harry Palmer movies!
Updated 25 Jan 2013

It took a while (I missed this release completely...) but in October 2012 this box was released in the UK. Of course the last two of the series aren't exactly Oscar material but who can resist the completist's box...
Rare because they combined the original dvds from Network, Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate. Four companies in one box. Not a lot of extras, Ipcress has the commentary by director and editor plus trailer, Funeral in Berlin only the trailer and the other three haven't got a single extra...
For sale at all major UK dvd sellers, expect to pay around UKP 16,00 which is still a bargain! I have no affiliation with the following companies, just here to save you some time:  Amazon   /   Play

1) Ipcress (Network) - bonus material: commentary by director and editor, trailer
2) Funeral in Berlin (Paramount) - bonus material: trailer
3) Billion Dollar Brain (MGM) - no extra
4) Bullet to Beijing (Lionsgate) - no extra
5) Midnight in St. Petersburg - no extra

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