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. 

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

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

Recap- We watch as a Dr. is kinapped and the man who is looking after killed, we then see a man called Harry Palmer be moved from one government department to another and given the task of trying to find a man called ‘Bluejay’ who the governmet belive may know were the Dr. when, Harry Palmer finds ‘Bluejay’ in The British Library.

Chapter Four-Harry tells him that he’s looking some Scientific equipment which has gone missing and hopes that ‘Bluejay’ can help. But all ‘bluejay’ does is point the sign which says silence so Harry asks again, this time ‘Bluejay’ writes down a telephone number and tells Harry to call after six. Harry goes outside to the call box a calls to number but it doesn’t work, but he see ‘bluejay’ walking back to his car he tries to stop both ‘Bluejay’ and bodygard from getting away but all he ends up doing is chaseing their car.

He head back to the office were Dalby ask for a Progress report he asks Antico but does not ask Harry so he has to volunteer the information that I found ‘BlueJay’ Dalby acts disappointed and tells everyone to fill their report forms. Harry heads home.

Reching his flat he see that lights are on and the door is open, He breaks into his own flat to find that Courtney is waiting for him having seached his flat and found nothing just unauthorised gun, Harry starts to make a meal and ask  Courtney want she will tell Dalby and says that she say he’s not the tair away Dalby think he is infact Harry is lot more that what shows.

Harry ask her why is does want she does and Courteny tells her husband was killed in Tokyo so the government gave her a job. Harry tells her how he ‘join’ the department as he talks he Brakes for eggs into a bowl Courtney’s response is your very professional he says so are you, she asks do really need all that food. 

‘Its as easy to cook two as its one, I though you would join me.’

‘No thank you I am not realy hungery.’

End of chapter.

Differences between-Well the book is out the window at this point the whole night club has been replaced with finding ‘Bluejay’ follwing his car and man into British Library trying to wrestle the gentleman to the ground. After discovering the phone number he gave him doesn’t work. Dalby’s end of day brifing and Courtney replace the emergency call. All this some how moves the story along and nothing is changed by it as I guessing Courtney is Jean by just another name.

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

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

Recap- At the start of the flim we see a Dr. disappearing off a train and the man who was looking after him killed We follow a man called Harry Palmer as he goes about his daily life, First watching a house . And then been summoned to his boss’s office or he transferred from one department spies to another and then lead into a briefing room.

Chapter Three- Harry sit in a briefing room with six other people, Dalby makes him stand and point to each one in turn, Dalby then Shows them to films of a man codename ‘BlueJay’ who is it belive had taken the Dr. from the railway station.

When the flims end Dalby gives all but two people The assignment of a check Where ‘BlueJay’ maybe. The two people he doesn’t give us an answer to our Alice and woman called Courtney he asks Courtney to follow him and Alice goes back desk at fake Employment Bureau.

Harry makes friends with a Scotsman called jock and they work together to a very large office Alice assigns Harry desk and he’s giving a ream of paperwork to fill in,  also access to Blue zodiac car, Harry dumps all the paper work in one the desk draws and heads out.

He drives Scotland Yard where he meets an old friend who gives you access to the file there holding On BlueJay.In the file there are three parking tickets All for a place called Thurlow Gardens and Harry goes there and waits.

As he waits there is man Who comes to feed the parking metre Harry then follows this man to the British Library where he then meets BlueJay.

End Of Chapter

Differences between-Once again the differences in the film and the book are quite substantial in the book The Brief it is only between Dalby and our unname spy.Hear the briefing takes place in a very large room with several members of the Dalby network, We also are giving brief glimpses of Chico and several other people. Meat goes to a police station and we meet another long time friend And this is the catalyst for him to meet BlueJay in But however Our own name spy is told where to go and what to say when he gets there.