Agent Thriller on Sky One/Wow: Harry Bond with horn-rimmed glasses – Media – Society

Horn-rimmed glasses, mostly black trademarks of pop culture icons from Austin Powers to Jerry Lewis: on any movie or TV nose they weigh the size of a book — their use far exceeds improving vision for that reason alone. Fictionally speaking, they are usually made of window glass. The model that lies on the bedside table at the beginning of the Sky series “The Ipcress File” is also based not on medicine, but on dramatic medicine idea. If you need that thing, you generally lack perspective. This also appears to apply to this carrier.

His name is Harry Palmer, he smuggles whiskey, caviar and chocolate across the newly built Berlin Wall and ends up in a military prison because of it. Since huge spectacles are cinematically interpreted not only for rags, but also for clever monsters, the London mathematician genius from a proletarian family is hired by British intelligence. With the help of his acquaintances in the underworld, he is supposed to free a nuclear researcher and plan to build a neutron bomb from the hands of the Russians.

[„Die Ipcress-Datei“ (14. August, Sky One/Wow ]

Sounds like spy stuff from the days when 007 had to raise his chest hair to take down supermodels first, then super villains. Finally, regular Danny Boyle (“Trainspotting”) writer John Hodge turns the classic into a TV series, following cinema’s most famous agent three years after his search for Dr. You shouldn’t make any competition. Less work, more bureaucracy, more networks of supervillains – based on Lynne Dayton’s novel of the same name, “The Ipcress File” was the real-life antithesis of the wonderful James Bond. In theory at least.

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Practically speaking, with his black-rimmed glasses, the lead actor, Michael Caine, seemed more innocent towards women and enemies than Sean Connery. However, veteran warrior Palmer managed to defuse the nuclear system conflict and achieve impressive success even without Bond’s professional experience. The fact that the two spies on behalf of the Crown were not entirely different despite Palmer’s musical preferences (Mozart), accent (Cockney) and attitude (left) may have been due to the producer.

Making the ’60s look more original than the original

His name was Harry Saltzman, he built the Bond universe to the billion mark today and thus competed with himself – a life business that he now continues with his children. Nearly 60 years after the award-winning film was born, under the leadership of Stephen and Hilary Saltzman, Palmer’s 007 impersonation is rising sober and looks just as it was then. What’s more, while Harry’s glasses are as thick as they were in 1965, director James Watkins seems to be trying to make the ’60s look more authentic than the original.

When Peaky Blinders star Joe Cole finds himself stranded on Cold War fronts as a reluctant spy escaping his sentence in the fictional MI6 division WOOC(P), it often appears as though production designer James Price has poured his sets into gallons of Technicolor. Everything about the new six-part version is overloaded. From London to Beirut to Rome, many backdrops glisten in retro, museum-like style, as if they had turned “Mad Men” into a commercial. Then Palmer’s beautiful co-star Jean (Lucy Boynton) wears an iconic shift costume with the perfect update in every scene.

Nostalgic men’s entertainment with nice staff

Compared to this, Michael Caine’s ’60s is more reminiscent of ’70s Margaret Thatcher in their melancholy – and it begs the question of why ITV brought back the nostalgia of men’s entertainment from the times when men were still men and women only accessories now at all times with more prettier. The staff, both aesthetically and in terms of content. Perhaps it is, because Putin is pulling the Cold War from the warm room of the post-heroic era into the open at the same time. Perhaps also because the fight between good and evil, full of weak doubles and crisis winners, is too topical for a cinematic bunker shelf.

Certainly also because Amy Winehouse, modern fashion, and historical series regularly demonstrate the allure of this era of elegant self-emancipation. And last but not least: because Model Hodge directs the liberal position of the “Ipcress Dossier” with a clear advantage against racism, misogyny, and masculinity toward modernity. “It’s easier for men to lie,” Jane says after her fiancé left her because of his sole breadwinner position, “everything is so much easier for you guys.” Well, except for the glasses of course.

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