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.
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Some fans reckon the style of this movie had moved too much in the direction of James Bond. This would be a stark contrast to the more gritty realism of The Ipcress File (1965). See more
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
You mean you really are going to try to start a revolution?
When the Hungarian people rose up in 1956 and they called to the world for help, to our everlasting shame, we failed them. I tell you, boy, we will not make that mistake again. When the people of Latvia rise up and call for help - and they will - my organization with all its resources will be right there. And once we have shown the way, the United States government and all the governments of the Free World will follow. I know!
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
31 seconds of the original movie are missing on the MGM DVD release of 2004. The licensing rights of the Beatles song "A Hard Day's Night", which was heard in the scene where Harry meets Basil, were too expensive so they cut the whole scene. See more
Billion Dollar Brain (Main Theme)
Composed and Arranged by Richard Rodney Bennett
Orchestra conducted by Marcus Dods See more