There aren't many films in existence where absolutely every element works perfectly.
The Ipcress File however, is firmly on that list.
This was released in 1965 as "the thinking mans Goldfinger". Im not so sure about that, but i am sure on one thing. It is better than Goldfinger.
Harry Palmer is a character that has all the best points of James Bond, and is played by a Caine living out his Bond fantasies. Palmer is a brilliant character. Comic, hard, cool, a ladies man, and a damn fine spy to boot. This is a perfromance of a man who was destined to become a star. Pure vintage.
As a film too though, The Ipcress File is top notch. It's plot is sharp and intelligent, it's direction is flashy, and its score simply stunning. The tension is built with rather unnerving ease at times.
A stunning film.