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The Ipcress File (1965)


Directed by Sidney J. Furie
Written by Len Deighton

Bill Canaway

James Doran

Harry Palmer Michael Caine
Dalby Nigel Green
Ross Guy Doleman
Jean Sue Lloyd
Carswell Gordon Jackson
Bluejay Frank Gatliff
Alice Freda Bamford
Barney Thomas Baptiste
Gray Barry Raymond
Chilcott Oakes David Glover
Music by John Barry
Produced by Harry Saltzman

The screenwriter of the final script of The Ipcress File passed away aged 86; you can read his obituary here:
James Doran, dramatist and screenwriter, was born on May 15, 1923. He died on July 14, 2009
(Thanks to Paul Beaumont)


British film and television is mourning the death of Sue Lloyd
29 Oct 2011

Sue Lloyd who played the role of Jean Courtney in both The Ipcress File and in a small cameo in Bullet to Beijing passed away on 20 October 2011, aged 72. Lloyd made an initial splash in the 1960s as Michael Caine's glamorous foil in 'The Ipcress File' as well as appearing alongside Peter Cushing in the horror film 'Corruption' in 1968. At the height of her 60s fame she sold stories about affairs with the likes of Sean Connery and Peter Sellers, the subsequent money enabling her to buy a London flat. However, she is remembered far more fondly for her role as Barbara Hunter in the long running soap 'Crossroads,' a character who appeared in 714 episodes before leaving with on-screen and future real-life husband Ronald Allen in 1985. Sue wrote her own biography "It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time" in 1998.

Obituary The Telegraph

Obituary The Guardian

For complete cast and crew information: IMDB complete cast and crew

Length: 108 min.

Premiere UK: 18 March 1965

Theatrical release UK: 28 March 1965

Theatrical release USA: 2 August 1965

Official synopsis The Ipcress File

Trailers of The Ipcress File (short and long version)


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.

Filmposters for The Ipcress File from several countries:

Ipcress File movie poster gallery 1 click here

Ipcress File movie (Italian) poster gallery 2 click here 9 photobustas added 

Ipcress File movie poster gallery 3 click here

Ipcress File movie (Italian) poster gallery 4 click here


For Ipcress File lobbycards click here

For Ipcress File UK lobbycards click here

For Ipcress File French lobbycards click here

For Ipcress File Mexican lobbycards click here

Covers of videocassettes, laserdiscs, dvds and blurays

For Ipcress File videocovers click here

For Ipcress File dvd and blu-ray covers click here

Special publicity shots

Special still gallery 1 click here

Special still gallery 2 click here

Special still gallery 3 click here

Special still gallery 4 click here

Special still gallery 5 click here

Special still gallery 6 click here

Special still gallery 7 click here

Special still gallery 8 click here

Special still gallery 9 click here

Special still gallery 10 click here

Radio- and TV commercials

TV spot for The Ipcress File

This TV commercial (20 seconds) for The Ipcress File was in black and white, not a lot of colour TV's of course in 1965...


Listen to The Ipcress File radiocommercials (1965!). You need Real Audioplayer or VLC.

Ipcress File radiocommercial (60 sec) - 1

Ipcress File radiocommercial (60 sec) - 2

Ipcress File radiocommercial (30 sec)

Ipcress File radiocommercial (20 sec)

   Get VLC mediaplayerDownload a free Realplayer here

Press articles

For three editorials about The Ipcress File, especially written for newspapers click here.

Pressarticles about The Ipcress File: click here .

For a special advertisement containing review 'quotes' click here.

A special essay about The Ipcress File in relation to other spymovies. 'Spies and secret agents', written by Vanessa Mehrabian, a Film Studies student. Click here to read the essay. Published exclusively on this site with permission of the author.



Anchor Bay

  • 107 minutes
  • Dvd region 1, official dvd release 14 september 1999
  • Color, Widescreen
  • Commentary by director Sidney J. Furie & editor Peter Hunt
  • Production notes
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Still Gallery
  • Widescreen anamorphic format
  • Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English only)



  • DVD region 2, later rereleased with different cover
  • pan and scan, rerelease widescreen
  • Theatrical trailer


  • Special packaging incorporating stylish slip case.
  • Introductory booklet written by journalist Christopher Bray, author of "Caine: A Class Act".
  • Commentary with director Sidney Furie and film editor Peter Hunt.
  • "The Ipcress File - Caine Goes Stella" spoof introduction with Phil Cornwell as Michael Caine.
  • Sixties documentary "Candid Caine", featuring Sir Michael Caine talking frankly about his career in 1969.
  • New exclusive interview with Sir Michael Caine about making The Ipcress File.
  • New exclusive interview with legendary Oscar-winning production designer Sir Ken Adam about making The Ipcress File.
  • Separate soundtrack CD with music by composer John Barry OBE.
  • A copy of the original Len Deighton novel.
  • Stills gallery (slide show, more than 13 min.).
  • A3 dual sided Ipcress File movie poster designs.
  • Original US radio commercials.
  • Original theatrical trailer.
  • Credit scenes without text.
(more recent release in 2014 has more stills)


PVB Editions

  • DVD (2 versions: normal and collector's edition) region 2
  • Remastered sound (Dolby Surround 5.1)
  • Widescreen
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Radiospots
  • Biographies
  • Production notes
  • Still gallery


Koch media

  • DVD region 2, release 5 nov'03
  • Widescreen, beautiful menu
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Background information
  • Still gallery
  • 8 page booklet (German)

For other dvdreleases and dvdcovers click here.


In 1965 The Ipcress File was such a hit, that MB Games decided to put a game on the market. This kind of merchandise was very successful with the James Bond movies, so MB developed a special game for the first Harry Palmer movie. The object was to find the double agent. See also pictures.


For information about the soundtrack of The Ipcress File go to Soundtracks.


For trivia and other strange stuff about The Ipcress File go to the Trivia page !

Deleted Scenes

For scenes that never made the final version of The Ipcress File go to Deleted Scenes.

Film locations

To see where all the scenes were shot, including 'then and now' shots and their Google Earth coordinates! See film locations.

Remake Released 6 March 2022 (more info will follow), ITV Television UK

Links to sites about The Ipcress File

The site Good info about The Ipcress file

Artist Direct Ipcress File info About The Ipcress File and its soundtrack

The Audio Revolution DVD Review Extensive review of The Ipcress File and the region 1 dvd

British Film Institute has a nicely designed site with a lot of info. new

The Ipcress File - Wikipedia Info about The Ipcress File and its makers

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