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During filming, Karl Malden's London hotel room was burgled and his cash was stolen, but his travellers' cheques were left untouched. The incident inspired him to become the spokesman for American Express travellers' cheques in a long-running series of commercials with the slogan "Don't leave home without them".
The voice of the computer is Donald Sutherland's.
Michael Caine performed most of his own stunts. During the final ice floe scene, he almost slipped and fell into freezing water.
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This was the third Harry Palmer film, after The Ipcress File (1965) and Funeral in Berlin (1966). Michael Caine had originally signed a five-picture deal, but when he was reluctant to return to the role, producer Harry Saltzman let him out of the contract. Much later, though, he did make two more Harry Palmer films: Bullet to Beijing (1995) and Midnight in Saint Petersburg (1996).
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Françoise Dorléac died in a car accident four months before the release of the film.
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The bombers that General Stok sends to sink the convoy are actually British Canberras.
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Although the film follows the novel quite closely, for unknown reasons Karl Malden's character name was changed from "Harvey Newbegin" in the book, to "Leo Newbigen" for the film.
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André De Toth was originally slated by producer Harry Salzman to helm "Billion Dollar Brain", but when the director broke his neck in a skiing accident, he recommended Ken Russell to replace him based on the latter's creative TV work. Russell was contractually obligated to direct the film. He did not want to do it, but according to him "it was shoved down my throat". De Toth reportedly did some direction but refused to take credit on a picture signed by another.
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The movie contains several references to the work of director Sergei M. Eisenstein. Most notably the ice battle scene from Alexander Nevsky (1938), the red flag (seen flying over Riga, Eisenstein's birthplace) and the wounded nurse (the frozen Kaarna) from Battleship Potemkin (1925).
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Otto Heller, who was the cinematographer for the first two Harry Palmer films, was supposed to work on this film but would not submit to a medical examination and so the production could not hire him.
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The three main actors have all won Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor, Michael Caine for Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and The Cider House Rules (1999), Karl Malden for A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and Eg Begley for Sweet Bird of Youth (1962). (The latter two being in adaptations of Tennessee Williams' plays.) In addition, Michael Caine was nominated four more times for Best Leading Actor and Karl Malden once more for Best Supporting Actor (for On the Waterfront (1954)). Also, Oscar Homolka earned a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for I Remember Mama (1948). In total, there are four wins and eight nominations among the cast.
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