Cinema: Billion Dollar Brain

Harry Palmer, the bland antiheroic secret agent of The Ipcress File and Funeral in Berlin, the chap who hates his job and doesn't care what kind of dry vermouth they put in his martinis, is back with his spectacles and his non-U English accent in Billion Dollar Brain. So is Michael Caine to play him in yet another thriller by Novelist Len Deighton. But in this third outing the law of diminishing returns has begun catching up with the team.

Palmer has finally got away from Colonel Ross, his deadpan boss in...

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