In 1962 Bond was reborn on the big screen. Dr No staring Sean Connery was a revelation. At the same time Len Deighton was writing a spy novel entitled 'The Ipcress File.' This book also had a male secret service operative as it's main character.
In 1965 we also got to meet him on the big screen. The actor playing the originally nameless Len Deighton agent...? Well we know it was Michael Caine, but this is cinema and characters have to have a name....Hello Harry Palmer.....
And so... in one swift move I would argue that 'The Ipcress File' fell into our 'Counter Culture' queue to await its label. You see, Saltzman the producer, wanted a name that would distance Deighton's hero from Fleming's. He came up with 'Palmer' and Caine came up with 'Harry', saying that it was a boring name, forgetting it was the name of... 'Harry Saltzman.'
Harry Palmer was born, he hadn't existed before the film. Even in the book. Thus he was as far removed from our hero James Bond as you could get. Bearing in mind 'Goldfinger', which was released in 1964 and is arguably the best and most iconic Bond film ever - was very much.. 'Of the Culture'.
What do you think? Can I rest my Q branch attache 'case' ?
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