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The Ipcress File

Spy thriller in which intelligence agent Harry Palmer is plunged into the shabby and treacherous world of counter-espionage as he uncovers a bizarre brain drain among scientists. Based on the novel by Len Deighton.

Release date:

1 hour, 43 minutes

Last on

Sat 29 Apr 2017 13:45
BBC Two except Northern Ireland

The Soundtrack

John Barry's score for The Ipcress File is a fine example of popular music being used to great effect in film - something he continued in his most famous work for the James Bond franchise.

In Sound of Cinema: The Music That Made the Movies, Neil Brand describes how the opening score hints at threat and intrigue, but adds a touch of lightness, suggesting that this will be an entertaining as well as tense ride.

You can find out more about how soundtracks went pop in episode two of Neil Brand's BBC Four series.


Role Contributor
Harry PalmerMichael Caine
Major DalbyNigel Green
Colonel RossGuy Doleman
Jean CourtneySue Lloyd
CarswellGordon Jackson
Dr. RadcliffeAubrey Richards
BluejayFrank Gatliff
BarneyThomas Baptiste
HousemartinOliver MacGreevy
DirectorSidney J Furie
ProducerHarry Saltzman
WriterBill Canaway
WriterJames Doran

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