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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 ** 29 Nov'14 Funeral in Berlin soundtrack rereleased with extra never before released tracks! See here! 9 Nov'14 Italian Ipcress bluray added here.2 Nov'14 Bullet to Beijing Italian dvd cover added here.19 Oct'14 Ipcress, Funeral and Billion $ Brain dvd&bluray covers added here, here and here! 11 Oct'14 New Funeral in Berlin location photos here. 27 Aug'14 New Blu-Rays! Region 2 UK Ipcress File and Region 1 Billion Dollar Brain. 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


Re-release Funeral in Berlin soundtrack on CD! 
Updated 29 Nov 2014
This new 2014 release includes never before released tracks (in bold). Read the promotional text:

Expanded original soundtrack by Konrad Elfers for second Harry Palmer film. German pianist/composer Konrad Elfers supplies sometimes intense, sometimes brooding score which anchors with memorable funeral march heard in many guises: brass-led, robust, subtle, dissonant, imposing. Entire score melds classical, jazz, modernistic technique into superb 1960's spy-flavored work of art. All tracks of original 1966 RCA stereo soundtrack album appear, newly mixed from 1/2" three-channel masters. Exciting, previously unreleased original pre-title sequence ("Berlin"), second version of "Tension Among Mortuary Men - Reprise") amongst cool extras.
Original album opening track ("Theme From Funeral In Berlin") performed by The Puppets starts CD as well. Insightful liner notes by Jeff Bond. Konrad Elfers conducts. 1. Theme From Funeral in Berlin (Instrumental: The Puppets) (1:53) 2. Funeral in Berlin (Main Theme) (2:43) 3. Palmer and Jane (1:46) 4. Checkpoint Charlie/Palmer Arrested (3:33) 5. Palmer Meets Samantha (2:19) 6. Skating Rendezvous at the Europa Centre (1:33) 7. Samantha - The Truce (0:59) 8. Tension Among Mortuary Men (1:41) 9. The Berlin Scene (1:20) 10. The Funeral (2:31) 11. Fate of Two Pawns (2:14) 12. Two Sides of the Wall (2:11) 13. Love in the Western Sector (2:59) 14. Hallam and Vulkan - Violence in the Western Sector (2:31) 15. Palmer Finds the Late Aaron (2:15) 16. Violence in the Eastern Sector (2:24) 17. Funeral in Berlin (Main Theme) - Reprise (1:11)


These are the extra tracks, never released before:
Extras:  18. Berlin (0:38) 19. Tension Among Mortuary Men - Reprise (2:17) 20. Landing/The Widow/The Documents (1:21) 21. Berlin Hilton (1:38)

Four Harry Palmer BluRays released! 
Updated 19 Oct 2014
The Ipcress File was re-released on Blu-Ray (region 2) twice and this time with more extras (UK)! Releasedate 28 July
French release contains a special French documentary.
  • 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
Italian Ipcress Bluray has alternative cover. (second from the right)
Billion Dollar Brain BluRay and dvd  (region A) were released on 7 October 2014!

A very poor release, only the trailer (without original voice-over) as an extra. Watch it, only for region A!
(so thanks to the brilliant entertainment industry I can't watch it. Another effort to support illegal download sites)


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