Harry Palmer Franchise

Introduction The IPCRESS File is Len Deighton’s first spy novel, published in 1962. The story involves Cold War brainwashing, includes scenes in Lebanon and on an atoll for a United States atomic weapon test, as well as information about Joe One, the Soviet Union’s first atomic bomb. The story was made into a film in… Read More

Billion Dollar Brain (1967)

Introduction Billion Dollar Brain is a 1967 British Technicolor espionage film directed by Ken Russell and based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Len Deighton. The film features Michael Caine as secret agent Harry Palmer, the anti-hero protagonist. The “brain” of the title is a sophisticated computer with which an anti-communist organisation… Read More