Deighton is an accomplished cook and gastronome, having made a name for himself in the 1960s with his quirky "cookstrips" that were carried by the London Observer newspaper.
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My disagreement with the depiction of Harry Palmer on the screen was the implausible suggestion that Harry was blackmailed into working for the secret intelligence service. Blackmailed! This is the old boy network. These are people with tailored shirts and lace-up shoes. Despite the disrepute it suffered from harbouring traitors such as Philby - Westminster...
Has written series about two different characters who go unnamed. The first series, also known as the 'Harry Palmer' series (from the name given the character in the movies) comprises five books: The IPCRESS File (1962), Horse Under Water (1963), Funeral in Berlin (1964), Billion-Dollar Brain (1966)...