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Time Capsule: Michael Caine On Michael Caine | The Ipcress File (1965)
The Ipcress File (1965)

 

The Ipcress File for me was the big starring movie. I remember I was having dinner in a restaurant with Terence Stamp. (Producer) Harry Salzman came in and he had just been to see Zulu. Then the waiter came over with a note, saying, ‘Mr. Salzman over there said would you have a cup of coffee at the end of dinner with him?’ I said, ‘Certainly.’ I went over and he said, ‘Do you know a novel by Len Deighton called The Ipcress File?’ I said, ‘As a matter of fact, I’m reading it now.’ He said, ‘Would you like to play the leading character? The spy?’ He didn’t have a name. We named him Harry Palmer. I said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘Would you like a seven-year contract?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ I went back to Terry and said, ‘I’ve just got a movie and a seven-year contract.’ He said to me, ‘You fucking liar!’

 

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