Did you know…?

The classic 1965 big screen adaptation of Len Deighton’s cold war spy thriller The Ipcress File contains coded messages throughout. The film, produced by Bond impresario Harry Saltzman, which stars Michael Caine in the role of working class British Agent Harry Palmer and was directed by Sidney J. Furie in stylish 60s chic with pop art camera angles and minimalist music by John Barry, is layered with cryptic statements and hidden ciphers.

Harry Palmer1

Together with surreptitious references to Lee Harvey Oswald and dark broodings on the Royal Family, the most famous series of messages comes in the Hyde Park bandstand scene when Major Dolby, played by Richard Green – who also starred alongside Caine in seminal native-bashing flick Zulu – beats Morse code out of time to the tune of ‘The British Grenadier’. Keen-eyed viewers have deciphered that Green actually spells out all the names of the Grand National winners between 1973 and 1981 (except for 1976 when the Major only managed to forecast the second placed horse).



  1. Bootneck · May 27, 2008

    That’s spooky, just last night I mad the concious decision to start watching all my fave films, man who would be king etc and then do a quick run down of each one on my blog. That was prior to me checking your blog this morning and seeing you’d had a similar idea.

    Great mnds and all that. This comment is really just a back covering exercise to avoid any accusations (can’t spell that) of plagerism (cant spell that either) when I finally get round to doing it.


  2. Bootneck · July 24, 2008

    did you know?

    The content of the attache case in Pulp Fiction is the soul of Marsella Wallace. It was removed via an incision at the base of his skull, hence the elastaplast.


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