[-[[caption-width-right:300: ''"[[TriggerPhrase Now listen to me. Listen to me.]]"'']]-]

''The Ipcress File'' is a 1965 British film, [[TheFilmOfTheBook adapted]] from the Creator/LenDeighton novel, and starring Creator/MichaelCaine as spy Film/HarryPalmer.

It was directed by Sidney Furie and produced by Harry Saltzman, co-producer of the ''Film/JamesBond'' film series, who brought a lot of his Bond ProductionPosse over to the film, including designer Ken Adams, composer Music/JohnBarry and editor Peter Hunt. Despite these links, ''The Ipcress File'' was a ''very'' different beast to the Bond films. [[{{Deconstruction}} Characters were less concerned with fighting villains in volcanoes than they were in ensuring that the correct paperwork was filled out]]. Its main hero was a bespectacled working-class former black marketeer who bought his groceries in supermarkets.

''The Ipcress File'' proved an enormous success. The character of Harry Palmer was revived for two sequels based on Deighton novels, ''Film/FuneralInBerlin'' and ''Billion Dollar Brain'', as well as two further sequels not based on any of the novels, ''Bullet to Beijing'' and ''Midnight in St. Petersburg''.

!! This film provides examples of:

* BaldOfEvil: Grantby's mute henchman, codenamed Housemartin.
* BlindWithoutEm: Palmer. During the opening credits we see the room from Palmer's viewpoint, it's hopelessly blurred until he puts his specs on.
* BotheringByTheBook: As part of the StaleBeer approach, Palmer always has to fill out the correct forms.
* CovertGroupWithMundaneFront: Dalby's intelligence unit poses as an employment agency, and several other front companies.
* DeadpanSnarker: Palmer incessantly. Ross and Dalby quite often.
* FriendOnTheForce: Palmer uses one to track down Grantby aka Bluejay, via parking tickets.
* TheLudovicoTechnique: Similar in premise to ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'', the EnhancedInterrogationTechniques' used on Palmer is pretty close to this. He is subjected to sleep deprivation and bombarded by bright lights and loud noises as part of a procedure also used to give kidnapped scientists complete amnesia of any scientific knowledge.
* MadLibThrillerTitle
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The film opens with Palmer calmly getting out of bed and going through his morning rituals of getting dressed and having breakfast - all to the tune of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBCqP7R42K0 John Barry's insanely cool theme music]].
* MustHaveCaffeine: In that same opening scene, Palmer grinds some espresso beans and runs them through a French press - simultaneously showing he's a man with particular tastes (TheSixties was [[BadToTheLastDrop the age of the percolator and instant coffee]]) and averting [[SpotOfTea what you'd expect a British spy to start his day with]].
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Palmer's bosses Colonel Ross and Major Dalby. [[spoiler:One of them is a traitor.]]
* OvertRendezvous: Palmer and Dalby meet with shady agents at a bandstand in a park to seal a deal regarding the proto-proton scattering device. [[CacophonyCoverUp The loud marching music indeed drowns out their talk.]]
* PragmaticAdaptation: The original novel was set in a number of countries. The film was set solely in Britain, which cut down on costs and gave the film an identity of its own away from the Bond Films.
* RealMenCook: It could be argued that this was the film that made it all right for men to cook for their women. Note: When Palmer goes to make his date a meal; the hands doing the cooking and cracking the eggs are those of the original novel writer, Len Deighton.
* SpecsOfAwesome: Harry Palmer wears them.
* SpyFiction: Definitely Stale Beer flavoured. Also an interesting example because it was made by the Bond films' production posse as a more down-to-earth alternative to the increasingly Martini-flavoured Bonds.[[note]] The Martini flavour had only just ascended from being an UnbuiltTrope, too, with the previous year's ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}.''[[/note]] It was made the same year as fellow Stale Beer spy yarns ''Film/TheSpyWhoCameInFromTheCold'' and ''Series/DangerMan'', but almost looks subversive in retrospect compared to Bond, ''Series/TheAvengers'', and the like.
* TheTrickster: Palmer is explicitly described as this in his personnel file.
* TriggerPhrase: Now listen to me. Listen to me.
* TropeMaker: An early major example of the Stale Beer approach to Spy Fiction, along with the adaptation of Le Carré's ''Literature/TheSpyWhoCameInFromTheCold.''
* WakingUpElsewhere: Palmer wakes up in a cold and nasty prison cell, apparently in Albania.