THE IPCRESS FILE – STARBURST Magazine
In 1963, Major Dalby (Tom Hollander), a secret spy chief seconded from MI5, recruits an imprisoned smuggler named Harry Palmer (Joe Cole) to try to find missing nuclear scientist Professor Dawson (Matthew Steer). . Alongside Agent Jean Courtney (Lucy Boynton), they work tirelessly to uncover the truth, and it turns out that Harry is naturally good at being a spy…
Based on Len Deighton’s novel, this version sticks to the wonderful plot throughout in its slow-burn style. If you’re looking for something like the Daniel Craig era of James Bond, then you’ve come to the wrong place. The Ipcress folder is more like bridge of spies with a dash of Kingsman, and any current action occurs only if absolutely necessary. The cinematography is superb, and in many ways it looks like the show itself was shot in the 1960s. , listening to conversations you shouldn’t be.
During their convoluted mission to find the missing scientist, while digging into the true meaning of the Ipcress dossier, devastating political corruption style secrets begin to surface at an alarming rate, and Harry is pushed to his limits. Like the best spy stories, The Ipcress folder is full of non-stop twists and turns that will captivate viewers throughout. Harry’s rapid progression into a full-fledged spy may be too incredible for some, and the occasional sequences are a bit too long, but overall the six-episode miniseries is a mysteriously dramatic delight. File under: “Recommended viewing”.
THE IPCRESS FILE is available to stream via Sky, ITV and BritBox