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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day was counting on you being an insubordinate bastard, Palmer.

Published at: May 1, 2012, 5:08 p.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Early on in Michael Caine’s career he got the offer of a lifetime. Harry Saltzman helped launch the James Bond series and decided he wanted to take another popular spy book series and bring them to the silver screen. The character was Harry Palmer and the movie was The Ipcress File. Imagine Michael Caine’s elation at being essentially the new James Bond!

While successful, the Harry Palmer films never quite caught on like the Bond films did, but they’re really damn good, especially Ipcress, which has some legitimately stressful torture sequences. Caine is brilliant, as usual. Young Caine had the swagger and the cool to pull off the character. Hell, he even looked great in those thick-rimmed glasses!

If you’ve never seen any of the Harry Palmer films make sure to start with the one featured today, The Ipcress File… I’m also particularly fond of the weird sci-fi craziness of The Billion Dollar Brain.

Anyway, here’s Caine on the set of The Ipcress File. Thanks to Pat Barnett for sending it along!

 

 

If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at quint@aintitcool.com.

Tomorrow’s pic is out to get you and might share something in common with today’s pic.

-Eric Vespe
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Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page One
(warning: there are some broken links that will be fixed as soon as I can get around to it)

Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page Two

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