Film / Harry Palmer
played British secret agent Harry Palmer in five films, based on a series of novels by Len Deighton
The first three — The Ipcress File
, Funeral in Berlin
, and Billion Dollar Brain
— were released in the 1960s, during the height of the Sean Connery James Bond
films, and offer a grimmer alternative to the increasingly flashy espionage of Bond. note
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this is that they were actually produced by Bond producer Harry Saltzman, who recruited much of the Bond films' Production Posse
to essentially make his own in-house, contrasting "realistic" spy series.
Caine returned to the role thirty years later for two more films, Bullet to Beijing
and Midnight in Saint Petersburg
(and in the film Blue Ice
, played a retired spy named Harry
as a Mythology Gag
to the role).
Films in this series with their own trope pages include:
The other films in this series provide examples of:
- General Ripper: General Midwinter (Ed Begley Sr.) in Ken Billion Dollar Brain.
- Named by the Adaptation: Harry Palmer. The narrator-protagonist of the novels never gave his name.
- Specs of Awesome: Heavy-framed National Health Service spectacles form part of Harry Palmer's deceptively insignificant-seeming appearance.