All The Right Words – The Ipcress File by Len Deighton. 

The following blog will have Spoilers for The Ipcress File BBC Radio Four Extra audio drama starring Ian Hart and spoilers for the book and the flim of the same name.

Before we start a little background on the audio drama itself frist broadcast on Sunday 23 Oct 2011 at 1:30 pm in the afternoon on the BBC Four Extra station its 1 hour 30 minutes long and uses the same opening song as the flim written by John Barry. Unlike the book and DVD flim its not split into chapters just one continuous story. But I am going to split into three blogs each at the 30 min point in the audio file so as not over welm you. This one will end 32 mins in the second at 62 mins and the last to end of the flim 

The Story- It opens with Ian Hart,  The agent/spy waking up and talking about the bad London weather, and if he only listened to his mother a lot of people would be alive today. The flim song kicks in and the cast it read out. He tells us about the cab ride to the war office then his meeting with the Major Ross just like the book and the flim talk about his army file, Ross here is played by James Laurenson it plays out a little flim but Ross gives the agent a little more background on Dalby little band of men.Ross doesn’t go with him but ask him how he feels about bass bands.

The Agent gives us a run down of the Dalby bulding even the names on the door plate match the flim, the frist person he meets is Chico (Jamie Bamber) in the background there is sound of a brass band. The brass band is a childhood memory for the spy his father was a coal miner, he makes a joke about hin now brending wipits but really runs a second hand book shop.

Chico takes him see Alice (Rachel Atins) who in turn gives him a mug of coffe for Dalby (Jonathan Coy) he gives Dalby the mug who says “I am sure you’ll love it here” the spy says “I have a pure heart and a clean mind…I will a  loyal, dilgent employee I will endeavor each day to be worthy of the trust my employer puts in me” Dalby’s anwer is “I make the jokes”

Outside the band play ‘Abide with Me’ and Dalby’s reaction is well they do, Dalby tells the spy all about his job which is to find a biochemist code name Raven. The Home Office will be Dalby’s det if they can find him, the spy comes up with a story of what could happening.

But in truth a man called Jay (Peter Marinker) had Raven and the simple job is to buy Raven back, no questions asked, Jay is in the coffee house down the street. So off the spy goes. Jay is there after tea and apple strudel the spy walks over to Jay and gives him a made up name. Jay to gives a made up name they both know its a game, they go a strip club and the spy is told to wait and as he does he gives each of the dances new names pointing out the real personalty. Three girls later he’s still waiting so he goes and takes a look around, he finds himself up stairs though a mirror he sees Raven laying on a table.

Just like the book he throws a typewirter though the mirror and ripps his trousers, Police raid the happenes to, and the spy calls HQ Dalby has another job for him, the spy tries to tell him about ripped trousers (this becomes a running gag) but Dalby cuts the call, Now with new papers Alice drops him off at the airport.

To Beirut he goes flying frist class, he sees Ross walking around the airport. Dalby has given him a few grenades and at 3:30 am he’s sat looking down at a road wating for Raven in the on comming car, it stops being a game when Dalby what’s him to stop the ‘backup’ car, yes it the CIA they brough Raven from Jay. Raven is fine so Dalby takes him to a safe house and to a man called Adem (Raad Rawi) Here they cut out the four pages of history to a simple timeline for Adem and conrol behaviour.

The spy ends up talking in a funny voice, Adem then takes Dalby and Raven away in helicopter, when the spy gets back to London there is nothing just footprints in the sand as they still look for Jay, just as the book Dalby gives the spy conrol of the office and the IBM computer.

Chio has an idea about what’s going on when there is call from the police at Shoredich they have picked up a man on the office watchlist, the spy and Chio head to the station, the man is dead and just like the flim the same music kicks in.

30 min end at ponit

What I think- This is a lot more of a living experience with the Spy, telling you what has happened, Then living it all over again when he interact with each member of this very small cast, There are few quick shorthand sequences to make you aware that spy is a working class exarmy officer and the music from the flim is used to drive home the same points. But also sound is used to which makes the whole a less passive experience.

Bookends – Bookreview- Once A Crooked Man by David McCallum – Chapter FortyTwo to Chapter FortyFive

The follow blog will have Spoilers and a plot outline for the book Once a Crooked Man by David McCallum leave now if don’t want to know what has been go on.

The Book so far- Harry and Lizzie make it back to New York, and she goes off to tell the police there want they have planed. One phone is becoming a set of calls and Harry is getting a little upset.

The Bruschetti brothers get togther and try to work out want to next after the man in Columbiahas asked them to carry out one last job, but just as they are calling the meeting to a stop Rocco phone rings and Harry want to talk.

The brothers have Harry bouce around the city, until they get him in the back of a cab, which takes him to an old wearhouse. Finding his wallet there now who he is so Rocco is sent to his flat were he finds Lizzie but not the money. They take her to but not to the same place. All the time Lizzie is playing the part of Harry’s dumb girlfriend.

Chapter FortyTwo-Harry is untied and then put in yet another car, and hopes that Agent MacAvoy’s men are still following. On the Jersey shoreline he’s told to get into a boat and when he gets on the boat he’s serched again this for anything metal thar could a a bug. The boat then heads out into the river, then the boat’s engines are cut and it starts to drift with current.

In the main cabin he’s show a man, a man in a smart suit over a dress shirt, striped tie secured with a monogrammed pin. He asks the man if he’s Max to which the man says No. The man asks Harry want he want’s Harry says he wants to give back the money.

Then tells the man some of the truth, leaving out a few things, as he talks he sees the letters on the tiepin which are EB, could it be Enzo the man calls out Karl the man who untied Harry and put him on the boat, his job now is watch Harry as the man makes a call

Chapter FortyThree – Max feels reassured, Rocco has searched Harry’s apartment and found nothing to tie them to him and his brothers, the girl is locked up safe. Enzo then calls he tells him that if they had let Harry use the restroom none of this would happened. But were the money Rocco never found it, So Max says scare him and interrogate them both him and the girl.

Chapter FortyFour- EB (Enzo) asks Harry why he took the money and were its now, Harry tells him, EB is very skept about the whole thing so he gets Carols in, Carols stands over Harry as Karl goes to mix concrete and EB asks Harry once if he’s told them everything. Then there is the sound of a chopper over head the boat is running without lights and helmsman switchs them on and away the helicopter goes.

Harru does want to be listed at the AFTRA/SAG obituary page so kicks out at Carols and ends up in the Hudson river swiming for his life.

Chapter FortyFive-Enzo calls Max and tells him that Harry is the river and they may never find him.

What I think- Well everything is comming together, Harry and the brothers have meet and Lizzie is being held somewere in the hope of bring rhem all down. I am enjoying the the back and forth in each chapter how they follow. But like I said before we have kind of lost track of Carter Allinson the guy at the start of the book. And yes I know have only done four chapters this time around, but Harry swimming for his life makes a bit of dramatic cliffhanger.

All The Right Words – The Ipcress File by Len Deighton. 

The following  blog will have Spoilers for the ipcress files film starring Michael Caine and spoilers for the book of the same name.

Recap- On his way to Paris trying to understand who’s framing him of killing a man form the CIA Harry is taken prisoner by a unknow group and put in a Prison cell, Over the course of many days he is brainwashed by bluejay using the Ipcress file tape, he escapes to find he’s been in London all this time he rings Dalby who tells him then to ring Ross.Dalby and Bluejay have been working together this whole time

Chapter Eleven- Dalby get the to wherhouse and calls Harry by name, Harry holds a fun to his back all the things Bluejay has used have been taken away Ross then turn up Harry takes his gun to.

Harry put both on each side of him one left one right, he tells them one of them is a double agent. Dalby says its Ross because he ask Harry to copy the file, Ross says it was a test.

Who killed Jock ? Ross did because Courtney told him that Jock had read the file. Yes Courtney was working for Ross because Ross dosen’t like Dalby.

Ross killed the CIA man to but why no anwer for that, So Dalby uses the trigger and Harry gun moves over to Ross then Dalby, Ross then Dalby. Harry’s in pain he hits his hand on the something there pain a lot more pain he pulls the trigger and shoots Dalby.

Dalby is dead, broken Harry walk over to Ross, Ross has been using Harry as a decoy Harry points out he could have been killed or become stark raving mad but Ross says well that’s what you get paid for.

End of Flim.

What I think- Yes its a good flim, yes it a broad retelling of the same story as the book. It miss a lot out but add a few things to, it dosen’t need to keep pointing out the spy is working class the way Michael Caine walks and talk does that. It cuts down the cast to around four people. It not a flash story but the book was never that it was a simple man trying to work out a problem, both are very Entertaining And if you have a spare hour and 45 minutes I would watch the film, But I would also if you have a spare week and a half read the book.

Bookends – Bookreview- Once A Crooked Man by David McCallum – Chapter ThirtySeven to Chapter FortyOne

The follow blog will have Spoilers and a plot outline for the book Once a Crooked Man by David McCallum leave now if don’t want to know what has been go on.

The Book so far-We go back in time a little and relive Lizzie early life, She takes Harry to see her Boss at the BBC and they come up with a plan, they will get Harry to call the brothers and ‘give back’ the money. She tells him he has to come up with a idea to take the money though both the UK and US airports, Then Harry picks apart two camrra cases he’s brough to hide the money. 

Rocco is back in the US by now and he wakes Max who tells him go hide, but then Senor Hernandez shows up with one last job for the brothers to do before they can get away clean,

Lizzie and Harry make though the UK airport and he tells her about the flight in, it turns out that for the very second he make the call to the UK he’s been watched and the woman on the flight and the upgrade were part of the plan.

Once in New York again, Harry plays host to Lizzie who goes to DEA Special Agent Marty P. MacAvoy and the simple one phone call that Harry has planed for starts became a set of calls, Lizzie tells him just to act the part and things will be just fine.

Chapter ThirtySeven – Harry makes the call from a pay phone on Columbus Circle the frist call lasts only a few seconds as he’s totally unprepared he trys agian, he asks for Max or Enzo acting the part of a hystical mad man, the voice on the other end tells him to call back in a hour. Lizzie is happy but Harry is not.

Chapter ThirtyEight – The Bruschetti are back in the Fiery Red Dragon this time with Rocco, they talk about the colombians deal and how they are going to set it up.Sal is not happy and wants say no. The plan is to divide the country into sections and assign someone they trust.

They question Rocco about the kid in London and his reaction to finding the body, then back to the offer again and give it more consideration. Sal talks about getting a atlas from Barmes and Noble which throws the others. Sal’s mind is going

Rocco’s phone rings, its Harry the call came though to a man called Karl. He says he sounds a little spaced out. They are not sure if he’s a plant, But one of them should meet him and fast.

Chapter ThirtyNine – Agent MacAvoy gives Lizzie a bit of paper, for Harry and it tells him were to make the second call from, Harry makes the call and is given yet another number to call a woman on the other end which gives me a set of directions to follow.he is put buy a poster and set at the south street seaport. By the he get to the seaport he know that both the bad guys and the good guys are watching him.

Poster in hand he sit on the beach as instructed, a kid comes along and hands him a note with more directions on it, but halfway following these directions alarm bells in head go off so fakes triping and miss the train. At the second phone he told to go to LaGuardia airport.

He gets in a vacant cab, but the drivers turns into a car wash as the mechanism pulls on the car, Harry’s door is open and his dragged out and his hand are tied, trussed up like a chicken and put in the boot of a second cab. MacAvoy’s men would certainly lost him by now. The cab pulls up who knows were in some kind of workshop and two men tie Harry to a chair they leave him in the dark but they do take his wallet.

Chapter Forty – Rocco opens the envelope which has Harry wallet in it, and the three men now know Harry’s name and were his lives. Max tells Rocco to go to Harry’s home and take it apart.

Rocco goes to the apartment checks the mail, opens the door and in bedroom searches each piece of clothing, sees the flight labels on the bags and plays the answering machine, the pulls everything apart, every room every draw even the mattress on the bed. He then gets to the camera cases, takes the camera out of one and just then the door opens and in walk Lizzie.

Her rection is one shock, and when Rocco pulls his gun she scarried. He ties her up and calls Max and then carries on looking. He tells him about the girl. Benny comes and Rocco hands over Harry’s key then Nino comes in a picks up Lizzie, and they take her to an abandoned warehouse. Walking away hears Lizzie crying

Chaptet FortyOne- Lizzie stops fake sobbing, her cell had once been a men room but now a broken up. And she wonders if she had made the right decision not disarm her abductor as it would have blown her cover, but on the other hand playing the innocent could be a very short lived decision to.

What I think – Now we are getting into the action of the book, there are echo’s of Mr McCallum’s day job here and his linking each part together works very well. But when Harry is in the second cab, we are told were he’s going so it kind loses the fear when he’s thrown into the workshop. As for Lizzie I am not sure, I get the feeling something is missing just yet. And the guy who started all this Carter Allinson is very much AWOL so far.

All The Right Words – The Ipcress File by Len Deighton. 

The following  blog will have Spoilers for the ipcress files film starring Michael Caine and spoilers for the book of the same name.

Recap-Harry’s friend Jock is dead and so is the CIA man would warned him to stay clean, the Dr. who he’s looking after has lost his mind, Harry is not doing very well, and now on the train to Paris he’s kidnapped and put in a cell.

Chapter Ten- After five days, the door of Harry’s cell is open and three people walk in one in a white coat the others in uniform, then BlueJay walks in Harry is told that they are Albanian so therefore do not speak English. Harrynis here because he’s read the file and therefor the plan they have for him will not work.

Two days later the uniforms are back this time they lift him out of the cell and down the hallway, to the Dotor who gives him somthing. They take him to a room with a huge steel box and projet sounds and strange shapes at him over and over. Its some kind of Hypnosis Bluejay talks to him slowly trying to make him forget his name. Harry fights it.

More days past Harry still fights on day 11 Bluejay try again, Harry does as he’s told.Bluejay tells him Harry is the bad guy he’s the one doing the killing and the stealing of flies. Harry belives all this and wake up back in his cell. With the palm of his hand cut and swollen.

He looks for the thing that made the cut but can’t find it the uniforms come foe him once more but he fights them locking them in his cell, he runs and and runs until he’s outside, over a wall he goes at a London bus passes him.

On the otherside of the road is a call box he rings Dalby, he tells Dalby were he is but sitting next to Dalby is BlueJay.They try the hypnosis and Harry does as he’s told he ring Ross.

What I think- In the book the hypnosis is only a small part of the chapters, we hear the spy as he plays off the people around him trying to keep him mind. The flim shows it being the only part and lot is made of. I am not saying that it bad they way show the passing days is nice touch. But the reveal Blue Jay and Dalby are working together is bit to quick as well.

Bookends – Bookreview- Once A Crooked Man by David McCallum – Chapter ThirtyTwo to Chapter ThirtySix.

The follow blog will have Spoilers and a plot outline for the book Once a Crooked Man by David McCallum leave now if don’t want to know what has been go on.

The Book so far- Max goes to see Sal and his sister-in-law and they work out a new plan if Rocco can kill Villers do then come home, but if not come home anyway. The paper trail will take years to link them.

Harry on the other hand is still in the cell, when he gives his statement to Ivan, he meets a second police office Lizzie Carswell who makes him go over everything one more time. She then feeds him some of him own life story. And tells him he’s free to go or would he like to help her.

She tells him all about her and Ivan work and how Villers is involed (he’s still in a cell not talking) they do all this in Harry hotel room while she has a bath. They have sex and Harry says sure he will help her. So the next day Harry is told take the money to a place and then meet Lizzie at another.

Chapter ThirtyTwo-We go barkwards in time a take look back Lizzie’s early life and how her mother and father take no notice of her, Its only when she goes and meets Miss Aitken who helps with her love of maths. When she’s twelve her mother tells her that her father has gone, she ask why and when but her mother has no answers for her.

Later on she trys to apply for a driver’s licence only to be told there is record of her brith but after an extensive search she finds out her parents have lied to her about ture brithday, and a deeper search she learns that they had married because of careless copulation.

After beating a lad in an athletics race, she comes to the realisation that wining is everything. And on the day she join the police her mother walks out on her which makes her more determined to push on and in record time becomes a plain clothes detective.

Chapter ThirtyThree-Harry and Lizzie meet again and he still has the money, She asks him if he will ring the number Villiers has given them and he’s ask them to take back the money but here in the UK but back in the US.

After a lot toing and frowing Harry says yes and off they go to ask Lizzies boss, whos giving a talk at the BBC. First Lizzie talks to her boss and Harry can’t hear because of the sound proof room, but then when she’s done its his turn. In his Harry feels its 1944 and he’s about be dropped in France, but Lizzie’s boss tells him its going to fine and they should work on their cover Lizzie being a rep for package tour company. 

She gives him two jobs one to make flight reservation and his second is to work out how he will bring the money back into the US he thinks and actors routinely carry things with them when they travel he picks on three camrea cases, so with in a few hours buys, picks up and checks the cases to make sure its able to carry the money.

Chapter ThirtyFour-With great patience and using the skills his Father had show him many years ago Harry goes to work on the three case slicing the black foam in each case so that the money will fit. In morring Lizzie rings him and asks frist about the flight and then that she will be sending someone over of the money.

But Harry tells her want he’s done having three new cases of camera equipment, Lizzie is a little taken a back and on her end of the phone there muffled talk and she tells him to just let the airline know about the next bags. He does and after endless compuerized menus things are worked out.

Chapter ThirtyFive- Rocco is back and he wakes Max with some food and they talk about Max’s frist time being involved in a hit with Papa Aldo. Rocco leaves and Max goes out to buy Lotto quick picks.

As he walks home Senor Hernandez walk up behind him, he tell Max about his reorganization at his end in simple words they want to stop working in place like New York, and pick less Populated towns. And he wants the Bruschetti to setup the network Max has talk with his brothers.

Chapter ThirtySix-Harry and Lizzie get to the airport and have the three camera bags run though an X-ray machine, when the jet takes off Harry tells Lizzie about flight over it turns out that she was plant a undercover cop. Which makes Harry mad and a little cheated, but trys to set his mind at rest by asking him about New York.

Ivan has taken an RAF flight before them, and Harry asks why didn’t they but Lizzie says its more believable this way. At the baggage hall there see there other bags but have to go to the oversize section for the cases. Where Harry get recognised for a flim he’s been in with Tom Cruise, they make it to Harry’s apartment and he gives her a quick tour.

She’s imperessed by the people he’s worked with and the fact his father was a cop, asks him how to get to West Tenth and asks if its the DEA Drug Enforcement Agency office. She also asks of a spare key. She leaves 

Harry unpackes and goes shopping, later Lizzie cames back she tells him about a drugs bust and Special Agent Marty P. MacAvoy and how he can only spare two agents at six so Harry will have to make the call a six tonight and that he needs something so Marty’s men can follow him. They go and get somthing to eat.

They talk about what stated as one call is now becoming a series of them which Harry in not to happy about, Lizzie says just make the calls one by one and he should just act the part use want he knows.

What I think – For the last few chapters I have talked about Mr McCallum odd old world england vibe but I not going to the do that this time, I am however going to talk about what I think will happen by the end. Lizzie is not really who she’s says she is and will end up dead  or with the money. Her backstory is just a little off. Harry will be the fall guy for all of this and unless dead he’ll be in hidding. The brothers will get killed by Hernandez’s people or the police and as for the guy who was our starting point in this book who knows he’s only been a few chapters and only for a little bit.

As always I hope you have enjoyed want you have read and will be back for the next part. 

All The Right Words – The Ipcress File by Len Deighton. 

The following  blog will have Spoilers for the ipcress files film starring Michael Caine and spoilers for the book of the same name.

Recap-Harry gets the Dr back, But in the exchange he kills as CIA officer, Dalby give the task of looking the Dr the CIA follow Harry and tell him be good boy or they will kill him. A few second later the Dr. Goes mad and forget all this work. Back in the office Jock points out the word IPCRESS on book he’s reading and goes the check something but ends up dead.

Chapter Nine-Harry thinks that the CIA killed Jock thinking it was him, so moves in with Courtney, but when he goes home the CIA man is dead on his flat and the file he put away is missing. So he goes to see Dalby who tells him lose himself. 

Leaving Courtney he goes for a train to Paris and Courtney rings Ross. Dalby and Ross have a meeting, Dalby tells Ross everything and they pick Blueajay, back on the train Harry is Kidnapped and taken to a cell.

Time passes and he’s feed but no-one talks to him, he takes a nail from his bed and marks the walls five days in someone opens the door.

What I think- The film has shifted the action from the world wide places like Gibraltar and the atomic testing grounds to just outside London and the surrounding area. All the beats is still the same Harry is asked the same type of questions but not necessarily in the same order, two people he knows are killed and framing has started. It stands up and simple unlike bit of the book

Bookends – Bookreview- Once A Crooked Man by David McCallum – Chapter Thirty to Chapter ThirtyOne.

The follow blog will have Spoilers and a plot outline for the book Once a Crooked Man by David McCallum leave now if don’t want to know what has been go on.

The Book so far- Harry stops Rocco from killing Colonel Villers who is holding on to a lot money, belonging to the three brothers. After the failed killing Villers thinkings that Harry is working for the three brothers so lets him take the money and run.

Back in New York Max tells Rocco to kill Eddie which he does by starting a small fire and dressing up as a doctor, Villers also rings Max, and Max tells not worry about it, he will look into it could be the other side. To his brothers he say ‘tell the guy have the money just stick to the plan’

Harry runs off the English contryside and buries the money but just as he’s about walk away safe and happy Colonel Villers catchs up with him, so Harry does the only thing he can do and tells the turth Villers rection is to kill his but just as he’s about to shot, Harry is saved by someone who been following Harry for the past few days. A policman of a kind called Ivan

Chapter Thirty- Max goes to see his brother Sal and his sister-in-law, Sal wife Furella (three pages of how her and Sal meet) She knows everything, one of her two sons lives on the west coast and has nothing to do with the family.

Sal wakes up from his nap, they talk and think that Eddie is the leak and that’s how Harry knows. Sal wants Rocco to come home but if can take care of Villers do that then come home, worst case the feds try to use Carters paper work to link them but is air tight. As for Harry they still don’t know want to do.

Chapter ThirtyOne- Harry is woke up and asked to give a statement to Ivan which he dose a tells him everything, then Ivan comes back with Dectective Sergeant Elizabeth Carswell who ask Harry to go over the story agian but use the threat of violence to get him to talk.

She then tells him he’s own life story and that the woman he tired to pick in the bar one night was policewoman Susan Banks who was following Villiers. She tells Harry she thinks he’s making extra money by being a courier on the side.

Harry gets her to take him back to his hotel room were he shows her his iphone with notes he made on it a prove he’s not lieing. She belives him and Harry tells her not somke because she will smell bad, but she’s smells bad because she been on Villiers’s tail for three days.

He asks if he can buy her breakfast as he now free to go, she says yes and as he calls room service she goes and has a shower when she done she asks Harry if knows about the Real/Ture IRA as they talk Susan asks Harry to wash her hair she tells him about the work her and Ivan do trying to stop the flow of moeny to the Real/Ture IRA.

The food comes and they let it go cold as they have sex, she leaves him in bed after telling she work something out. 

Later that same day Ivan rings to tell him to go a meet Lizzie in a pub the village,they talk Lizzie has come up with a plan Harry is drive to a address droping off the money there and then go to a second and meet her again. As for Villers she gave him An ultimatum either tell her everything or they will find out themselves, but so far Villers has said nothing.

So Harry takes the car keys and leaves.

Frist off sorry its only two chapters but a lot has happend and not all of it easy and simple so that’s why only two.

So here’s what I think- I don’t mind we have female policewoman in fact its welcome change from overly aggressive men, what I do mind is that four pages in she comes off as vulgar, aggressive and down right odd, she’s ment to be a cockney so every four line is swear word or other word Mr McCallum think people still use. There are few sentences of broken english to emphasize the point she is a Cockney ‘we is’ not ‘we are’. And the fact that she actually smokes an american cigarette not an English one if he’s going to do the poverty stricken english detective it would be a cheap brand like silk cut. And the middle bit of the chapter reads like a scene out of James Bond, only with the role reversed

But I really do welcome the female characters because so far we’ve had Allinson his wife who supposedly to wrapped up in the hospital to see much of anything and his daughter who is a typical teenage child, and the Sal sister-in-law who early life read like the plot of the godfather.

I have seen that the next chapter is about Dectective Sergeant Elizabeth Carswell (Lizzie) back story so they maybe answers there. So until the next time thank you for reading.

By the way I hope the new layout works better.

All The Right Words – The Ipcress File by Len Deighton. 

The following  blog will have Spoilers for the ipcress files film starring Michael Caine and spoilers for the book of the same name.

Recap- Harry and Dalby go the park and does a deal with Bluejay for £25,000 for the Dr. And few hours later in a underground car park. Harry, Dalby and two other men meet two men beloging to Bluejay there is exchange, the men give Harry the Dr. and Harry gives them the case with £25,00 in it. The men drive off and then in the shadows there is movement Harry opens fire and kills and forth man who belongs to the CIA.

Chapter Eight-In his office Dalby tells Ross that the CIA should told them about their man, Togther they agree to put Harry on surveillance of the Dr. Who appears to be physically fit but doesn’t remember being kidnapped.

Harry and the Dr. Spend a few days toghter and then they make it to a lecture on high energy physics, a second man introduces the Dr and he beings his lecture about the proton-proton scanner, as Harry cleans his glasses. In few seconds in the Dr can only repeat the first two lines of his lecture. 

With his glasses back on Harry notices someone in the crowd and follows them, he pulls a gun and the man turns out to from the CIA. Harry told they are going to tail him until he’s clean, if not he’s a dead man.

Ross and Dalby in a park they talk about the Dr who is suffering from some kind of amnesia he can function as a human being but not as a scientist anymore, they send Harry to talk to Bluejay and the CIA man see the meeting.

Back in the office Jock has something to show Harry, Jock has a book which when take the frist letters of word in the title the spell out Ipcress, Jock goes off to see the Dr. But at a set of traffic lights is killed shot dead. 

What I think – Here is the best example of all the right words but not necessarily in the right order, in the book the killing of the CIA man happens in Gibraltar. In the flim it happens in a car park, Dalby backs up Harry up over Ross and Ross in turn tries to con Harry. Then the CIA tell Harry they will kill him if he’s not clean.

We have a few minor characters in the Book which are not even mentioned and one seems to be totally forgotten to be replaced by Jock, who I am taking to be Chio the odd thing is why kill him. Maybe its a swap out for the CIA man that Harry is supposed to know.

Bookends – Bookreview- Once A Crooked Man by David McCallum – Chapter TwentyFive to Chapter TwentyNine.

The follow blog will have Spoilers and a plot outline for the book Once a Crooked Man by David McCallum leave now if don’t want to know what has been go on.

The book so far – The Bruschetti brothers have put there plan into action, and the frist killing goes to plan. Carter however is still unsure that they have everything covered. Max meets with the other end of the pipeline and explains that he and brothers want out. Harry our actor friend using money from a Ad heads to London, and tries to meet with Colonel Villiers but the frist ends up talking to his wife. But the second time just as Rocco and co. Try to shoot the Colonel. Harry ends up stopping the killing and both he and the Colonel end up driving away.

Chapter TwentyFive- Harry and the Colonel drive into a car park, were the Colonel asks about how Harry knew what was going on. And Harry him a half turth, the Colonel wants the ring Max and tell him but Harry says that he will do that and to just carry on with way things are.

The Colonel has a back-up van waiting for him so they change from the jag to a old ford escort taking a old suitcase with them, the colonel even has a gun which scarrs the crap out of Harry when the Colonel cracks the safety of it.Then he tells Harry were to park the car and leaves him.

In need of change of pants Harry drives the car to a street a few yards away from his hotel, pays for parking and then heads to room, but Harry takes the case the Colonel had left. In his room he changes showers and then opens the case. Its full of money US dollars about half a million he just about put all back when the door of his room opens and in walks a maid to clean his room.

Chapter TwentySix- A mad Rocco watches as an ambulance takes away Eddie, Rocco rings Max who tells him ‘no loose ends this time’. Rocco quickly looks around the hospital puts a plan in action, Eddie is under police guard so Rocco needs some tools.

He buys a professional cook’s knive, surrgical gloves, a white telescoped cane and a blank ID holder. Once back inside the hospital he buys a bunch of flowers and heads to the A&E were he asks about the guy with the fractured legs.

Helpfuly he’s told that guy is stilp wating to been seen so throwing the flowers away and stealing a white coat head up stairs and waits but just as he about act they start to move Eddie so Rocco follows. 

Rocco then starts a small fire in a supplie room, and the guy pushing Eddie around heads in to see if they are really it see Eddie, Rocco get rid of the policeman by telling to go a wait in the Doctor but the copper is distracted by the fire.

Rocco makes his makes his move and with one quick action pushies the knive into Eddie then heads back down stairs using the white cane and fooling people his blind. When clear of both the hospital and the helpful people he throws away all the tools.

Chapter TwentySeven- Harry now has three cases, two which are his and one full of money. With little help get them all in the Escort and then drives for a bit trying to think, he could one of three things return to No. 4 and give the cash back, tell the police everything or more thinking time.

He picks the last one, makes way to Paddington station and then buys a ticket to a place called Taunton, on the train he sits back and watches the world go by, he even asks a man about hotels and is told about one called ‘The Waterside’ he takes a room but is a little worried when they ask for a way to settling his acount but uses he American Express card anyway. His room he gazes at the money and the limitless possibities.

Chapter TwentyEight-New York and Max’s life is very complicated now, who hell saved the Colonel, he wants to walk think but Nino takes him to the club, were Rhonda Villiers calls him telling him about the attempt, then the Colnel himself who tells Max what went down and the fact that he gave Murphy the pick up money and Murphy is heading to Heathrow.

Plus that fact he thinks that telecoms van is a surveillance one and thanks Max for sending Murphy. Max just telling he will look into it.

Max gets Enzo and tells him anout the failed hit and the fact they out by a good bit of cash but not of that matters, Villiers thinks it the other side and when come out hidding will be taken down, Rocco has plugged the leak and the guy who’s taken the money if his smart will quickly and quiely spent it. All Enzo need do is get eveything set up and show the colombians they are efficient and reliable.

Chapter TwentyNine- Harry wakes up the following morroing and after reading the newspaper finds out the the police have a suspect in custody he now has a little breathing room.

But still needes hide the money so he thinks about a bank no, a funeral gives him an idea about a burial he’s buys two new Tumi cases, then a small black shovel, bin lines, roll of duct tape and a trouch. After rentting a car and quick look at map he drives to a hollow around Buckland St. Mary marks the place on his map and then heads back to town.

At one in morning he heads back out carrying the case as he digges the night silence is broken by a bracking dog but its let inside a house a Harry can start digging again

But then as covers the case behind him someone quote “alas, poor Yorick ..” It Colonel Villiers, the Colonel knew that Harry didn’t really know Max or really what was going on so did a bit digging of his own and because Harry used his American Express to buy the train ticket he was able find him.

Villiers makes him dig up the case, so Harry tells him the whole truth, he even tells him that he’s an actor Villiers takes out his gun and tells Harry to shut his eyes, but when he opens them again Villiers has collaped after being hit on the head.

The man who did this is called Ivan and has been infact three people that Harry has seen before one the worker on roof at the Mews, then the van driver and fially the man on the train who told him about the Waterside.

Ivan handcuffs Villiers and two more men turn up one a uniformed policeman up who takes Villiers away, as for Harry Ivan and he end up in Taunton police station and then Harry is put in a cell not sure if he’s been saved or arrested.

What I think – Hopefuly the english end of the story will end soon, because it like reading two book one set in the 21th cenurty the other in a twilight world of an england in the 1950’s. Once again Mr McCallum is let down by the little things For example when the ambulance comes to pick up the guy with the fractured legs he says the sound of bells clanking, As far as I’m aware ambulances have sirens, 

And when we’re in the hospital it sounds like something out of a very old bbc drama. Yet the worst thing is when Harry is moving the cases from the hotel to the van he’s stolen or being given. There is a gentleman of Indian descent who helps Harry and it sounds very much like a bad Peter Sellers impression. But there is a odd thing to on the train, he uses the line ‘the roll with the sausage’ not ‘the roll with sausages in it’ I think this comes from Mr McCallum scottish roots as the scottish would say ‘roll ‘n’ sausage’ 
As for the story is getting a bit odd the guy that open the story has hardly been in it and Harry is now getting very luckly.