Bernard Rose on

Billion Dollar Brain

Released 1967
Distributor United Artists

After producing the first two Harry Palmer movies to provide a more realistic, intellectual alternative to his cartoonish James Bond series, producer Harry Saltzman “Bonded” it up for this third entry after The Ipcress File and Funeral In Berlin. Although a troubled production with Big Sleep-level plot complications and an unlikely director in arthouse favorite Ken Russell, it’s considered the liveliest of the Palmer series. Magnetic leading lady Françoise Dorléac (Catherine Deneuve’s sister) was killed in an car accident soon after filming completed.

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About Bernard Rose

Bernard Rose was one of the pioneering music video directors in the early days of MTV,  shooting Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and Red Red Wine for UB40. Rose’s feature credits as writer and director include Paperhouse, Candyman, Immortal Beloved, Ivansxtc, Anna Karenina, and Two Jacks. Rose has recently completed his Japanese language ‘Samurai Marathon 1855’ for producers Jeremy Thomas & Toshiaki Nakazawa. You can check out his work at

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