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The Ipcress Files

British actor Joe Cole is perfectly cast as the hardboiled Harry Palmer, a working-class hero whose relevance endures. Boasting a sharp script, even sharper suits and a series of impeccably-styled, action-fuelled set pieces, along with support from the ever-amusing Tom Hollander, file this as one-to-watch.


  • James Watkins


  • John Hodge


  • Joe Cole
  • Lucy Boynton
  • Tom Hollander
  • Ashley Thomas


The Cold War provides the backdrop to a dangerous undercover mission embarked on by ex-smuggler, now reluctant spy Harry Palmer (Joe Cole), who is charged with tracking down a missing British nuclear scientist.