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.

The story -The CIA man wakes the spy and tells him that he’s now full of drugs to help with his memory and then beats him up as he asks questions, the beating gets wose the CIA man ask the spy about Stev Marsh, the man dead on the tower, but all the spy can think is were Dalby could and why is he not helping.

They even call the spys father into question, the CIA man hands over the spy to the Hungarians so that the US can have two of their pilots back, the spy is Knocked unconscious and then we hear the sound of the soundtrack for the Ipcress Tape.

Despite slowly regain consciousness and he tells us that two days maybe 3 days have passed Then later food Is push to the opening of the door Something like porridge and water, the water contains more drugs. A few more days passed and then walks a small man, who says 

“Sky is blue earth is black”

“So what” Our spy says and is hit 

The spy gets hit every time he gets something wrong, There is a lot of pain and  until he gets everything right, There is just the food with the drugs nothing more, then one day a british fella comes into the cell and tells our spy that in simple trems he’s on his own.

More of the little man and his funny questions, but the spy now has a paperclip from the british fellas paper work.He uses the paperclip on the soft lock of the cell and runs he fuses the light with sliver paper from a cigarette box he finds he runs some more And is faced with a  wall which he climbs, he falls off the othe side into what he thinks is a trip wire but is really some guy runner bean frame. He back in england east London, in hides in a hotel room and works out what to do next.

Happy he got out he realises how close he came to being brainwashed and believing everything he was told, He then calls the office almost to see Dalby and the others Using a fall back position, He sees Jean and tell her all he knows, And she said that she wanted to sell him back to Dalby the spy asked to be taken to Guildford.

At Dalby’s home the spy see the three men, Dalby, Jay and the little man with the funny question but before he can get inside, Chio turns up with a gun at the spy back tells hi that he’s MI5 and to do as he asks but Jean knocks out Chio just Jay is leaving .

The spy and Jean follow Jay to his own house, leaving Chio the spy get Jean to call Ross and the others and goes inside, Just like thw book Jay is cooking a meal, Jay goes on to explain that he controls people, And thier loyalty to whoever or whatever he is paid to make them believe in.

Dalby setup the spy up so that they could have something to give the CIA, Ross and the other walks and take away Jay. Toghter he and the spy eat the cooked food.

Back in the office, Ross now running things and the IBM computer, the spy asks how he knew Ross could trust him, well you didn’t buy the file. A few seconds later Jay walks in the door now working for the good guys.

End of Audio End of Story.

What I think- So we reach the end of all the incarnations of the ipcress files I have. And yes they are the same story and tell the same basic story of a working class spy being brianwashed by the up class old boys network. 

But they do it in a different style the book drives home the point every two or three pages. And the spy is quick witted and knows a few tricks to help himself out.

The flim well the spy is still working class and quick witted but makes up a lot of want he does not know on the spot working and following others like Jock. But dumps others like Chio and half the office staff, and they give the spy a name

Now the audio is a mix of both it sticks closer to the book as they do leave england, the spy is able to make jokes about James Bond and George Smiley so they know its position within the existing universe If you’re interested in the world of Harry Palmer I would watch the flims but if want know about the spy or the Len Deighton world I would just read the books.


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.

The story -They make a list of all the houses and bulidings that the man could have just left, big places away from the street and the roads, The spy asks Chio to bang on a few doors take a look around but Chio has no coat so the spy takes on the job himself. Something the flim never did. In the end they find a house and the spy and Chio break in, the police wait outside only to find Ross inside, the whole place is empty.

Whoever owned the house has cut off the second floor all the walls have been taken away there is a ladder which use to get upstirs and find a water tank just like the book there is a bit of tape inside.

The next day Ross calls our spy into his office he has a can of flim for the spy to watch just men talking in a room with no sound and asks if he what’s to buy a file, The spy says no this replaces the suppermakret secen in the flim and the club one in the book, but it still adds the fact that Chio is working for/with Ross. The spy then goes to the poilce and they give him a tape which could people talking or strange sounds.

Confussed and upset the spy goes to get coffee and trys to work out want it all means, when his new assistant walks in Jean (Fenella Woolgar). Back at the office Chio rings and tells the spy he thinks he’s seen Dalby, and follows without filling in all the right paperwork but Jean steps in and does it all.

Everyone knows something he doesn’t and later that night Dalby brakes into his own office he tells the spy about an A-bomb test, Dalby says bring Chio because he has no idea that Chio is away so the spy covers for him, Jean comes insted

The movie soundtack kicks in as travel music, just like the book the whole place is run by the Americans and they put on a good show for Dalby, Jean and our spy He even runs into his old friend Skip Henderson (Kerry Shale), They talk about a leak that the Americans are having and Skip Henderson talks about man they don’t know and who doesn’t exist. 

Jean is about tell the spy want she thinks about Skip when Dalby comes along he now actting the part of brit abroad sampling the American culture and even wearing an Hawaiian shirt, So Jean still tell the spy want she thinks that Skip is Afraid but not for himself for somebody very close to him.

The morning after the spy goes for a walk at one of the Towers he runs into skip only this time skip has a gun and he says the whole world and everybody in it is against the spy and the thinking is that  he’s working for the Russians So he goes to Jean to find out the truth. Who tells him that she Easily switch alliances to whatever the spy is trying to do, But she has something to show him.

They drive out to a place on the island and the Spy just as in the book findParts of a radio and a Russian high frequency Note, She asked him what he’s going to do and the spy says he’s going destroy the pieces of equipment and burn the note. And see want fate will bring.

They go back to the other side of the island and in the night the spy gets a call from Dalby saying that Skip is in trouble and needs the spys help, with more help from the soundtrack the spy follows the Dalby’s car and then just like the book ends up in somekind of cell.

60 minutes end point.

What I think- The Audio drama is pretty much sticking to what it can In the book beat for beat majority of it is still there If not it is slightly altered for example The spy  never asks For an assistant, But Jean shows up anyway And the running gag with the coffee is only done to a certain extent. There are even nods to the other two Spy’s of the silver screen on being John le Carre and the second one being Ian Fleming. 

As I have said throughout the soundtrack from the film is used to drive home certain points and even used it Alternate versions for travel music. And just as Michael Caine’s Walk and gate is used to demonstrate the Spy is working class Ian Hart does the same thing. And we every have real American actors. 

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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-The office are still working on the tape Harry found, trying to work out want it means. When Ross meets Harry in supermaket asking him steal a copy of the Ipcress file but Harry says no. And Ross tell him he may end up severing time. Back at the flat Courtney and Harry try to work out who is working for who but in the end they don’t much care.Her for Dalby and him for Ross or maybe the other way. Dalby asks Harry to come and see brass band with him.

Chapter Seven-Dalby takes Harry to hear the bass band and as the watch Bluejay turns up and Dalby gives him the same offer Harry did only a few days before, but they end up at the price of £25,000 Dalby says yes and few hours later, in a car park they meet agian.

The hand over is made the money in cash for the Dr. Bluejay goes and then Harry fires his gun into the dark killing someone.

Differences between – This whole chapter is not in the book or if it I am not sure want its meant to be by this point Harry is the head of the department and has been given two officres. The Harry here is still kept on a very short leash, And has to be led about by Dalby and the fact Bluejay will only deal with Dalby is bit odd.

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- The police ring Harry to tell him abour someone they have picked up, but when him and Jock get there the man has been killed. So there are no leads to finding the Doctor but on the change sheet there is the name of the street were the man was picked. Harry works out that there is a Warehouse around that area, And using Dalby clearance here at the place only to find it empty. But in the still warm stove there is a tape with the word Ipcress wrote on it 

Chapter Six -Harry is shopping (a supermaket in the 1960 was new things) when his old boss Ross stop him from paying over price tin mushrooms what his really doing is trying to micro flim copy of the ‘Ipcress’ flie. Harry tells him forget it. Back at his flat him and Courtney work out who’s working for who in the end they don’t really care.

Back to the tape they found after running it though all manner of things on-one has a clue what its meant to be, Harry has weekend plans for him and Courtney but Dalby stops them and tells him to come and watch the band of the scottish gards.

End of Chapter.

Differences between-There are quite a lot of differences between the book and the film now For example the fact Harry’s old boss Ross has come out straight and ask/told him to steal the appropriate file Rather then try to sell him a file as in the book in drunken night in a club,’Courtney obviously is Jean, So the development of her character is rather quick and she is working either for Ross Or Dolby, But Harry really doesn’t care.

The cast of characters is rather small than the book we’ve had mentioned of two But not any real appearance Jock is I guess the two army officers and Chicco here is just an office boy rather than General factotum.

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 Palmer switches jobs Brief to find the gentleman who may have killed the agent looking after the doctor on the train, codename Bluejay. Harry finds the gentleman in the scientific library of the British Museum. But fails to stop him leaving. So ends up going frist the office to tell his new boss and then second home were Courtney is waiting for him.

Chapter Five- The morning after Harry’s friend Jock is showing him how to fill in a report form when the police ring they are holding a man called housemartin, He and Jock head to the station when they get there an officer says ‘Mr Mr Palmer and another man have just left but they will be returning shortly.’ Harry shows the officer his ID.

The man in the cell is dead, Harry wants to see the change sheet, Together him and Jock work out were the man has been and Harry rings hos old friend at Scotland Yard. Jock and Harry head to the address

Just as the Flying squad are about to raid the place Dalby turns up, asking who called the raid, Harry says he did thinking Dr Radcliffe could be inside the place is empty and the flying squad boss is not to happy but Dalby says they were late by ten minutes taking the heat away from Harry.

Harry finds that stove is still warm and inside it there a bit of tape with Ipcress stamped on it, Dalby says to give to tec back at base to see want they can make of it.but the tape as lot odd sounds which no-one understands.

End Of Chapter

Differences between- It Would appear that we have completely lost a few of beats the most noticable one being the Dalby and the spy blowing up the car of the US army. And Dalby putting the him in charge. We still have the police ringing the spy and the finding of the tape which done in the same Sequence with Harry Palmer having a history with the policeman.