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The Ipcress File

Released 1965
Distributor Universal

Len Deighton’s nameless working class spy becomes Harry Palmer, “the thinking man’s Bond” in the first of three downsized Harry Saltzman productions (star Michael Caine revisted the character in two ’90s entries). Many personnel from the Bond films contributed, but it’s director Sidney Furie’s off-center compositions and clever use of Techniscope that makes this one fly.

About Howard Rodman

Howard A. Rodman, a Professor and former Chair of the screenwriting program at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and an artistic director of the Sundance Screenwriting Labs, wrote Savage Grace with Julianne Moore, August with Josh Hartnett and David Bowie, and the opening night film of the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, Joe Gould’s Secret, with Ian Holm and Stanley Tucci. The sleaziest character in Steven Soderbergh’s film The Underneath is named “Howard Rodman,” for reasons which need not be enumerated here.