The Ipcress File

The Ipcress File (1965)


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Palmer: What are you gonna tell Dalby on your L101?
Courtney: That you like girls.
Palmer: You got that right.
Courtney: You're not the tearaway he thinks you are. You also like books, music, cooking.
Palmer: I like birds best.

Raid Inspector: It looks as if all this has been laid on for nothing. That's not good enough.
Major Dalby: According to Central Clearing House, this operation was timed to start at 2.25. You started at 2.35. That's not good enough.

Carswell: Don't worry, man. You were the only one to come up with anything. He seemed very pleased.
Palmer: Well, he's got a right comical way of showing it.

Courtney: Do you always wear your glasses?
Palmer: Yes. Except in bed.

Palmer: The fellow whose job I'm taking, will he show me the ropes?
Major Dalby: Maybe - if you're in touch with the spirit world.
Palmer: I beg your pardon?
Major Dalby: He was shot this morning.

Major Dalby: The Americans have put a tail on Palmer.
Colonel Ross: How very tiresome of them.

Palmer: Have you seen everything?
Courtney: Yes, thank you.
Palmer: Then you know where the... whiskey is?
Courtney: Yes.
Palmer: Fix us both one, will you?

Colonel Ross: You just love the army, don't you?
Palmer: Oh, yes, sir. I just love the army, sir.

Inspector Keightley: That little blonde bird you was with the other evening.
Palmer: Rita?
Inspector Keightley: That's it. What's her phone number?
Palmer: You dirty old man.
Inspector Keightley: Well, you scratch my back and I'll scratch hers.
Palmer: You ought to be locked up.
Inspector Keightley: I know.

Major Dalby: The next time you use CC1 authority, just you make sure you have it.
Palmer: You know, it's funny... If Radcliffe had been here, I'd have been... a hero.
Major Dalby: He wasn't. And you're not.

Continuity mistake: Harry Palmer uses the leather wrist restraints to lacerate his wrists - the pain enables him to resist being involuntarily hypnotised. The next time he is woken roughly by the guards for another hypnosis session, his wrists are unmarked.

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Trivia: Len Deighton, the author of the original novel, also published a series of cookery books and wrote and drew a weekly strip cartoon-style illustrated cooking guide in London's The Observer newspaper - titled 'Len Deighton's Cookstrip'. In the first kitchen scene, where Harry Palmer is making coffee, you can see one of these strips is pinned to the wooden post next to the table.

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