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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, filmcollectief.nl, Peter Hegenbarth and Pim Bergkamp for their great contributions. In case you have material to add, please mail me.


new ** 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.16 Dec'12 Funeral in Berlin stills added here and here.7 Dec '12 Midnight in St. Petersburg Japanese laserdisc and dvd cover added here.10 Nov '12 Very rare behind the scenes stills of Funeral in Berlin added here.28 Aug'12 Funeral in Berlin soundtrack rereleased on CD: click here. 17 Jun'12 7 new Funeral in Berlin stills added here.15 Jun'12 6 new Ipcress stills added here and behind the scene still here. Thanks to Peter Hegenbarth. 25 Mar'12 60ties interview added here.24 Mar'12 Rare Billion $ Brain poster added here, Ipcress BluRay cover added here, rare Anjanette Comer photo added in Trivia.11 Feb'12 Additions in 'other spy movies'! 14 Jan'12 Funeral in Berlin film locations updated! Click here. ** new

Michael Caine interviewed about The Ipcress File, 1965
Updated 25 Feb 2014
Here's Michael Caine's first interview for American television, filmed during the summer of 1965 outside of his home in London. Michael Caine and Merv Griffin talk about his new movie the IPCRESS File, shot on 16 August 1965.


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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