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Billion Dollar Brain (1967)

Not Rated | | Crime, Thriller | 14 January 1968 (UK)
A former British spy stumbles into in a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom?

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Harry Palmer
... Leo Newbigen
... Gen. Midwinter
... Col. Stok (as Oscar Homolka)
... Anya (as Francoise Dorleac)
... Col. Ross
... Dr. Eiwort
Milo Sperber ... Basil
Janos Kurutz ... Latvian Gangster
Alexei Jawdokimov ... Latvian Gangster
Paul Tamarin ... Latvian Gangster
Izabella Telezynska ... Latvian Gangster (as Iza Teller)
Mark Elwes ... Birkenshaw
Stanley Caine ... G.P.O. Special Delivery Boy
Gregg Palmer ... First Dutch Businessman
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Harry Palmer has left the British Secret Service and become a private detective. One of his first assignments is to deliver an apparently innocent thermos flask to an old friend in Helsinki, Palmer is suspicious of the flask contents and begins to doubt the motives of his friend and those of his boss a Texan billionaire. Written by Dave Jenkins <david.jenkins@smallworld.co.uk>

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Pow . . . Power . . . Brainpower

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Trivia

The bombers that General Stok sends to sink the convoy are actually British Canberras. See more »

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When Palmer and Newbigen are removed from the Helskini-Moscow train, Anya removes a pistol from her pocket, and fires nine rounds, killing Midwinter's two stooges. The gun she pulled was a Smith and Wesson "Bodyguard" which holds just five shots. See more »

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Col.Stok: I suppose a young man like you wouldn't know the pleasure of removing a tight collar.
Harry Palmer: I thought Lenin called such comforts "momentary interest."
Col.Stok: Don't tell me what Lenin said. I touched Lenin. I stood by him in Ruzheinaya Square in July, nineteen hundred and twenty; the second congress. I touched him. Those are the words he used to describe the comforts and pleasures with which the proletariat are diverted from their more important historic mission. But I am not being diverted. Well, are you ...
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In the opening credits, crew names are written in all uppercase letters, with the exception of Production Manager Eva Monley whose name is written "eva monley". See more »

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Billion Dollar Brain (Main Theme)
Composed and Arranged by Richard Rodney Bennett
Orchestra conducted by Marcus Dods
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more like a 1 dollar brain
4 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

This film hasn't much to recommend, aside from some nice location photography in Finland (standing in for Russia). It's too boring and low key to appeal to those looking for a James Bond type of film, and too goofy to appeal to those looking for a serious spy film. The goofy plot would look more at home in a Matt Helm film, except this film doesn't have the bevy of beauties that are rampant in the Helm movies to keep the eye's interest. The sole female of note in the cast is Francoise Dorleac (Catherine Deneuve's sister), who unfortunately died in a car crash not long after shooting most of her scenes. Michael Caine and Karl Malden clearly had fun playing off each other in their scenes, it's just too bad that they weren't doing a better movie.

This was Ken Russell's first theatrical film. At the time he was more known as a TV director. Some of his usual trademarks are already present, such as an overabundance of odd characters and experimental editing techniques.

With a title sequence at the beginning by Maurice Binder, who was also behind the vast majority of the James Bond title sequences, they give you reason to believe that you're in for something on the level of James Bond. But alas, it wasn't to be. Billion Dollar Brain was the last of the Harry Palmer franchise at the time. Michael Caine returned to the role however, for two USA Network TV movies which i haven't seen (yet).


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