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The Ipcress File (1965) Wikipedia -

 

"The Ipcress File" Opening Titles

 

 

Scene: 00:00:00 - An eminent scientist leaves his apartments in Atheneum Court, Piccadilly, London
Location: Atheneum Court Wikipedia - Atheneum Court, Piccadillly, London, now the Atheneum Hotel, London, England

 

Atheneum Court, Piccadilly, London, England.

Ipcress File - Atheneum Court on Piccadilly, London, England
The scientist exits from Athenaeum Court Wikipedia - Atheneum Court, now the Athenaeum Hotel, on Piccadilly Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piccadilly , London England. Next building to the right of frame is the Park Lane Hotel Wikipedia - Park Lane Hotel. Ian Fleming had an apartment here before the war.

Piccadilly looking toward Hyde Park Corner Duke of Wellington Place from the location of Athenaeum Court
The modern Athenaeum Hotel which occupies the building built as Athenaeum Court. At left of frame, immediately after the end of the stone façade, the next building (out of shot) is the original Hard Rock Cafe and immediately to the left, next door, is the office of EON Productions at 138 Piccadilly. You can see the porticos of the next building west from Athenaeum Court which are visible through the rear window of the automobile.

The Atheneum on Piccadilly, looking toward Hyde Park Corner
Top: 1965: And the Mini in the lens is six years old.
Bottom: 46 years later: And the Mini in the lens is made by BMW.
The Atheneum on Piccadilly, looking toward Hyde Park Corner.

 

Hyde Park Corner in 1965
Visible through the rear of the automobile is Hyde Park Corner Wikipedia - Hyde Park Corner with the Wellington Arch Wikipedia - Wellington Arch, surmounted by what looks like Winged Victory on her Quadriga Wikipedia - Winged Victory but is in fact »winged Peace« on her Quadriga. The model for winged Peace was Beatrice Stewart, who shared an apartment with Patrick Leigh-Fermor  Wikipedia - Patrick Leigh-Fermor  Link - Patrick Leigh-Fermor  Link - Patrick Leigh-Fermor Obituary in nearby Shepherd's Market, Mayfair, before the war. Park Lane Wikipedia - Park Lane exits into Hyde Park Corner from out of frame to the right. The northern border of Green Park Wikipedia - Green Park is visible to the left of frame.

Piccadilly looking toward Hyde Park Corner Duke of Wellington Place from the location of Athenaeum Court
Photograph from directly outside of Athenaeum Court looking up towards Hyde Park Corner Duke of Wellington Place.

The Wellington Arch in its original position on the south side of Duke of Wellington Place
The Wellington Arch in its original setting on the south side of Duke of Wellington Place at the end of Constitution Hill. The park land around was used to form what is now the huge traffic circle.

This photograph above taken from the roof of Apsley House Wikipedia - Apsley House. Piccadilly ends at the left of frame at the pedestrian crossing. The camera is pointed down to Buckingham Palace. Out of frame to the right is Knightsbridge and what is now the Lainsborough Hotel but was then a hospital. Immediately behind the camera is Hyde Park. This area was remodeled in the Seventies and replaced with a large traffic circle. This intersection and the L'Etoile at the Arc de Triomphe Wikipedia - in Paris are the busiest intersections in Europe.

Piccadilly in 1930
Street Atlas of London circa 1930 showing the Wellington Arch in its original position at the top of Constitution Hill. Piccadilly flowed directly into Knightsbridge. The colonnaded screen is represented by a drawing but the drawing of the Wellington Arch is smaller in order not to obscure the map. You can see the location of long disused Subway stations (red lettering). Over half of the original subway stations are not used anymore. In London there are clubs dedicated to exploring forgotten underground locations as there are in Paris and Berlin.

Aspley House
Apsley House viewed from Hyde Park Corner. Hyde Park extends behind it.

Hyde Park Corner
360 degree view from the same camera position. Far left is the end of Piccadilly Street. Far right is the end of Park Lane. Center right is Apsley House. The Wellington Arch is dead center frame behind the trees. There is a history of the Wellington Arch here Link - History of the Wellington Arch

 

Wellington Arch 1966 and 2011
From the south looking up Park Lane, the Wellington Arch 1966 and 2011 by Roll the Dice ©

 

The Piccadilly Hotel, Park Lane, London
The Park Lane Hotel Wikipedia - Park Lane Hotel as it is circa 2000s viewed through the same rear window.

 

The Piccadilly Hotel, Park Lane, London
The Park Lane Hotel Wikipedia - Park Lane Hotel, circa 2000s.

The Royal Academy of the Arts
The Royal Academy of the Arts


The automobile passes  Burlington House Wikipedia - Burlington House , which is situated on the north side of Piccadilly, after Bond Street Wikipedia - Bond Street when driving east. The automobile is about to enter Piccadilly Circus Wikipedia - Piccadilly Circus.

Burlington House, Piccadilly, London,
Burlington House Wikipedia - Burlington House , home of the Royal Academy of the Arts Wikipedia - Royal Academy, Piccadilly, London.

Waterloo Place viewed down Lower Regent Street from Piccadilly Circus
Waterloo Place viewed down Lower Regent Street from Piccadilly Circus Wikipedia - Piccadilly Circus. The automobile exits Piccadilly Street, turning left, into Piccadilly Circus and continues turning left into a U-turn which takes it into Regent Street Wikipedia - Regent Street. The statue visible on the column below Waterloo Place is the Duke of York Wikipedia - Duke of York who stands upon a column on Carlton House Terrace Wikipedia - Carlton House Terrace. The Athenaeum Club Wikipedia - The Athenaeum Club is located directly to the right (west) of the Duke of York's column. The opening scenes of That Riviera Touch (1963) Wikipedia - That Riviera Touch take place in Waterloo Place. The scientist continues to ready his copy of New Scientist Wikipedia - .

Lower Regent Street
Looking south down Lower Regent Street.

 


That Riviera Touch (1963) Wikipedia - That Riviera Touch. Parking restrictions were a recent introduction at this time.

Piccadilly Circus, Statue of Eros
The automobile now enters Regent Street Wikipedia - Regent Street and the Statue of Eros which is the center piece of Piccadilly Circus Piccadilly Circus. The Criterion Theater Wikipedia - Criterion Theatre becomes visible in the background. If the scientists look to their right (our left of frame) they will see the Café Royale Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caf%C3%A9_Royal, which is visible in detail in A Dandy in Aspic (1968) within a few years of The Ipcress File (1965) being filmed. Piccadilly Circus also appears briefly in the Cold War spy thriller Scorpio (1973) during the review of some surveillance footage. The taxi in the opening sequence of Bullet to Bejing (1995) drives through Piccadilly Circus and across it to join Shaftesbury Avenue, to the left of this frame. In episode 02-10 of The Saint (1962-1969) The Rough Diamonds, the Saint is chased in his Volvo along this exact same route with few cuts by the editor.

 

Piccadilly Circus, London
Piccadilly Circus taken from the lowermost point of Regent Street.

To the left of frame is the Café Royale. Far right of frame is Lower Regent Street, to the left is Lillywhite's sporting goods store, to the left again is the Statue of Eros and behind that the Criterion Theater. The street in front of the Criterion Theater is Coventry Street which leads to Leicester Square. Piccadilly Street leads out of frame to the right (west) and is not visible. The automobile carrying the two scientists enters the photograph from Piccadilly Street, to the right of frame, and comes towards the camera, with Lower Regent Street and the statue of the Duke of York on its column visible at its lower end. The automobile drives through the frame immediately in front of the camera and exits left of frame into the foot of Regent Street, with the Café Royale on its right (visible left of frame). Between the wars it was said that if one stood in Piccadilly Circus long enough, one would see the entire world pass by.

Piccadilly 1950
London in 1950, showing the route of the automobile

 

 

Regent Street, south end


Regent Street, south end

 

 

Scene: 00:00:56 - The scientist is driven to the station
Location: Piccadilly Street just before the left hand turn into Piccadilly Circus. The footage is out of sequence. The automobile has already passed through Piccadilly Circus.

The automobile turns from Piccadilly, left, into Piccadilly Circus

 

The automobile turns from Piccadilly, left, into Piccadilly Circus

 

Piccadilly Street joining lower Grosvenor Street
Looking south west at the east end of Piccadilly Street. Lower Regent Street is frame left.

 

Piccadilly as it turns into Piccadilly Circus

 

Scene: 00:01:00 - The scientist arrives at Marylebone Station Approach
Location: Marylebone Station Approach.

 

Marylebone Stration Approach
Marylebone Station approach. The station building is to the left of frame.

 

 

Marylebone Station
The car pulls onto the station concourse, slightly to the right of the centerline of the two canopies over the platforms, visible ahead. The ticket office and the entrance to the London Underground station below the railway station are visible to the front left quarter when the automobile stops.

Marylebone Station looking north under the canopy over the platforms

Marylebone Station

Entrance arch to Marylebone Station concourse
Entrance arch to Marylebone Station concourse

Marylebone Station concourse , looking north west
Marylebone Station concourse , looking north west

Marylebone Concourse - looking toward the platforms

 

Marylebone Station Concourse, looking west
Marylebone Station Concourse, looking west. The platforms are to the right, out of frame. The brick arch entrance to the station is to the left out of frame.

 

Marylebone Station in the 1940s
Marylebone Station in the 1940s

Platform Four, looking south to the station concourse, as it is today
Platform four, looking south to the station concourse, as it is today. The tracks have been filled in in order to make a concourse for passengers to walk forward to the news platforms five and six. The upper end of platform four still exists.

Marylebone Station Platform 4

Platform 4 as it was then.

Marylebone Station Platform 4

 

Platform Four as it is today, looking north
Platform four as it is today, looking north

Marylebone Station Platform 4 - Black Five locomotive
Connecting rod of the Black Five Wikipedia - Stanier Black Five locomotive.

Marylebone Station Platform 4

Marylebone Station Platform 4
The train departs from Platform 4

 

Marylebone Station platform four, looking north Frames from the motion picture: Marylebone Station platform four, looking north. The body of the scientist's assistant lies on one of the mail sacks.

 

 

Marylebone Station platforms, looking north east
Marylebone Station platforms, looking north east

 

Marylebone Station from the north, showing new platforms five and six to the west
Marylebone Station from the north, showing new platoforms five and six to the east of the line of old platform four. Either a new boundary wall was built to replace the old demolished one at the edge of platform four (movie frame) or there was a second wall which divided the lots visible in the wartime aerial photograph.

If you compare the wartime aerial photograph and the 1965 frames from the motion picture you can see that the houses to the west of the station building were demolished in order to build a Sixties Stalinist-Brutalist office block. View the satellite photographs from the present day and you can see that in turn, that office block received its just desserts and was demolished to make way for the late Eighties office block which is there now. During the late Seventies early Eighties, the row houses which can be seen in the 1965 frame to the west of the track on platform four, behind the tall brick boundary wall have been demolished in order to build platforms five and six. Marylebone Station was planned to have thirteen platforms but the Great Central Railway ran out of funds before its extensive facilities could be built.

The locomotive which hauls the train is a Stanier Black Five Wikipedia - Stanier Black Five. Daytime express trains from Marylebone ceased around 1960. This left the only trains being the semi-fast services which were at 08:38, 14:48 and 16:38. That station is quiet which means that this train was likely the 14:38HRS.

Marylebone Station platforms from the east
Marylebone Station platforms looking west. The station canopy is far left of frame.

 

Scene: 00:03:13 - Harry Palmer rises from bed.
Location: Grosvenor Gardens 28-30, used as studio.

Cigarettes Gauloises
A packet of Cigarettes Gauloises Wikipedia - Gauloises on Harry's bedside table. Certainly the mark of a sophisticate in 1965 London, as Gauloises would have to be brought back from France at that time.

28-30 Grosvenor Street overlooking Grosvenor Gardens Mews North

The Ipcress File - Harry Palmer's Beretta
Harry packs a Wikipedia - IMFDB - The Ipcress File Mauser Pocket Pistol in a »Mexican Carry«.

The Ipcress File - Harry Palmer carries 'Mexican'

 


Scene: 00:06:55 - Harry Palmer walks to the stakeout
Location: 137 and 139 Hamilton Terrace, St Johns Wood, London.

 

 

Hamilton Terrace 137

 

Hamilton Terrace 137, the original gateposts
The section of Hamilton Terrace outside 137 and 139 which was used as the location.

 

Hamilton Terrace 137
Hamilton Terrace gateposts as they were then.

 

Hamilton Terrace 137
Hamilton Terrace 137 as it is today, with the gateposts altered.

 

137 and 139 Hamilton Terracem, Maida Vale

Stakeout Exterior
Hamilton Terrace 193 as it was.

Hamilton Terrace 139
Hamilton Terrace 139, rebuilt, as it is today.

Hamilton Terrace 137 and 139

Hamilton Terrace 137 and 139 as they are today

 

The right hand side (north elevation) of 137 Hamilton Terrace appears behind Harry Palmer as he enters the frame. He passes the border of 137 Hamilton Terrace and enters what was 139 Hamilton Terrace. 139 Hamilton Terrace as visible in the frame was demolished and rebuilt around 1979. The gateposts to 137 Hamilton Terrace were altered around 2009 in order to harmonize their design with the other gateposts in the street. Visible between the two buildings is the northernmost tower block of three on the other side (west) of Maida Vale Street. Just to the lower right edge of the tower block is brick building built in the 1920s which is one story higher than the other buildings which line the east side of Maida Vale Street. 137 Hamilton Terrace is divided into apartments.

Hamilton Terrace and Maida Vale Street, London UK

 

The tower visible behind the house used to observe the stakeout
The tower block visible between the houses as Harry walks to the stakeout. It was this distinctive angular tower which enabled the location to be found.

The apartment block on Maida Vale Street from the gardens of 137 Hamilton Terrace
The apartment block, visible from the bottom of the garden of Hamilton Terrace 137

Hamilton Terrace from the roof of St Marks, looking west to the Apartment blocks
The apartment blocks on Maida Vale Street from the roof the Church of St Mark on Hamilton Terrace. Hamilton Terrace is visible mid lower right of frame, beneath the trees. 139 Hamilton Terrace is out of frame to the right, north.

 

The freeholders of Hamilton Terrace and a great deal of the surrounding area are the John Lyon Estate Wikipedia - John Lyon Link - John Lyons Trust, which was a charitable trust set up to fund nearby Harrow School.

139 Hamilton Terrace, which is the house Harry Palmer walks to as the stakeout may have been left empty after the war. In England, there was little disposable income available to restore property or rebuild it and some buildings, sometimes including substantial residential properties, were either not repaired or not rebuilt until twenty years later. For the first ten years after the Second World War, building materials themselves were in short supply, even if the owner had money available for reconstruction.

The three tower blocks on Maida Vale street would have been constructed at the same time as similar blocks such as the Royal Lancaster Hotel, which features in The Italian Job (1969). Almost invariably, attempts to appears 'modern' in architecture and many other fields, result in appearing dated very rapidly.

Harry Palmer walks along Hamilton Terrace and enters the grounds of 139. Harry puts the key to the door but the editor cuts away at this point. Harry never enters 139 Hamilton Terrace. The view from the interior of the stakeout is not the view from the roof of 139 Hamilton Terrace in either direction. To the east would be the tower block, visible while Harry is walking, and to the west would be toward Marylebone Cricket Club. Abercorn Place appears very like the street visible in the frame but it is missing the red colored buildings at the end closest to the camera. Furthermore it is much farther off center than the street visible in the frame.

 

In fact the frames which follow, of the interior of a building were shot inside 28-30 Grosvenor Gardens. The room used for the stakeout was one of the rearmost upper rooms at 28-30 Grosvenor Gardens which overlook Grosvenor Gardens Mews North, the roofs and chimneys of which are visible in the frame. The street visible beyond the cameras at the window is Chester Square, to the south west. This is the first of three times that the director will fool the viewer by having Harry Palmer walk up to an exterior and then have the next footage shot in the interior of 28-30 Grosvenor Gardens.

Hamilton Terrace from Maida Vale Street
The camera as it would have been positioned if it really had been at the window of Hamilton Terrace 139

Hamilton Terrace from Maida Vale Street

You can see that there is no possibility of a match between the two frames and that the interior used was not the interior of Hamilton Terrace 139. Abercorn Place, which is a closer match, is several streets to the right of the red box and would not be visible from the top of 139. !37, which is two levels higher than 139 would have been more suitable but the frame still would not match.

 

In episode 13 of The Persuaders! (1971) , The Long Goodbye, there is a lengthy chase scene filmed in Hamilton Terrace and surrounding streets from 00:10:00 onwards.

 

+ Abbey Road recording studios is just a block to the east of this location.

 

Scene: 00:07:02 - Harry climbs the stairs to the room used as the stakeout
Location: 28, 30 Grosvenor Gardens, interior, overlooking Chester Square.

The interior rooms on the upper story at the rear (south) of 28,30 Grosvenor Gardens were used as the location of the interior of stakeout. The view from the windows is south west down Chester Square. You can see the wall-line to the rear of the room is angled away from the vertical, inwards. This is the inside of the splendid 2nd Empire style roof which crowns the top of 30 Grosvenor Gardens. You can see that boards have been placed across the upper part of the windows in the interior. This is because one of the hazards of shooting at real locations is that lack of control over light. The bright light coming through the windows would cause under exposure on the detail within the room (the actors would appear in silhouette). The cameraman has placed boards over the windows to reduce the light coming into the room.

Fenestration of 139 Hamilton Terrace
Comparison of the exterior of 139 Hamilton Terrace with the rooms used as the interior of the stakeout. 139 Hamilton Terrace has windows divided vertically into two. The stakeout has windows divided vertically in into three.

 

Chester Square from 28-30 Grosvenor Gardens

 

 

28-30 Grosvenor Gardens, overlooking Chester Square
28-30 Grosvenor Gardens, overlooking Chester Square

 

28-30 Grosvenor Gardens, overlooking Chester Square

Note in the two frames from the movie, above and below, you can see the white pedimented layer in the chimney stack in the building on the other side of the mews at 28-30 Grosvenor Gardens.

Grosvenor Gardens Mews North from 28-30 Grosvenor Gardens

 

Grosvenor Gardens Mews
Grosvenor Gardens Mews North, showing the two houses which make up 28-30 Grosvenor Gardens and the buildings which surround it.

 

Grosvenor Gardens Mews North from Ebury Street
Grosvenor Gardens Mews North, which is at the rear of 28-30 Grosvenor Gardens. The frontage of 28-30 is around the corner to the right. Victoria Station is out of frame to the cameraman's left rear quarter. A mews is the name for the rear access yard of important London townhouses where the carriages and horses belonging to the house were stored. Mews of the Grosvenor Estate, which owns much of Victoria, are frequently decorated with impressive entrance arches, such as this one.

Grosvenor Gardens - The production office of The Ipcress File
The production office in Grosvenor Gardens Wikipedia - .

28-30 Grosvenor Gardens c2012

 

Interior of the roof of 28-30 Grosvenor Gardens
Upper right of frame, the sloping roof of the interior of 28-30 Grosvenor Gardens.

Stakout interior, Grosvenor Gardens

 

Scene: 00:08:49 - Harry Palmer visits the Old Admiralty Building
Location: The Old Admiralty Building, Whitehall Street, London.

 

The Old Admiralty Building

 


Entrance to the Old Admiralty Building

 

Admirality Arch

 

 

The Old Admiralty Building

 

 

Admirality Arch

 

Old Admiralty Building

 

Old Admiralty Building

 

 

The interior of the Old Admiralty Building

 

The history of the Old Admiralty Building


Admirality Arch, The Mall, Old Admiralty Building
The entrance to the Old Admiralty Building, looking toward Admiralty Arch

 

 

Scene: 00:09:29 - Harry Palmer visits his CO, Colonel Ross
Location: 1 Northumberland Place, overlooking Trafalgar Square

You can see almost exactly the same shot in the motion picture The Spy who came in from the Cold (1965) at 00:07:32 where the protagonist played by Richard Burton visits his CO. The camera is mounted on the Whitehall Street side of the building and Richard Burton enters the Whitehall Street entrance.

 

 

Northumberland Avenue 1, Trafalgar Square, London

 

Scene: 00:11:46 - Harry Palmer starts at his new office
Location: Grosvenor Gardens

 

North Elevation of 28-30 Grosvenor Gardens

 

Major Dalby's office, 28-30 Grosvenor Gardens

 

Major Dalby's office 28-30 Grosvenor Gardens

 

28-30 Grosvenor Gardens

Grosvenor Gardens
The view from Grosvenor Gardens 28-30

 

Scene: 00:20:48 - Harry Palmer attends an intelligence briefing by Major Dalby
Location: Grosvenor Gardens

 


Scene 00:21:37 - Covert footage of Bluejay and Housemartin in "Stockholm".
Location: Albert Court, South Kensington.

Albert Court

When hunting locations, a combination of research, photo-interpretation, deduction, leg-work, and luck is required. Of all the locations I have ever hunted, it was this one which demonstrated that the repeated application of the former will almost invariably produce a find. Several years ago I gave up the search for this location, believing it to be in the mews of 28 Grosvenor Gardens and now demolished. Re-examination of the photograph produced a profile of the type of building I was looking for and thus a short-list of buildings which might match that profile. The element of luck came in when I began to examine the short-list. I had walked past this location many times because it is adjacent to the lengthy scene later in the film which takes place on the South Steps of the Royal Albert Hall. In a moment of inspiration, I realised that I had found the location at the top of the short-list.

Albert Court

 

Albert Court

Albert Court


Scene: 00:22:01 - Covert footage of Bluejay and Housemartin in "Vienna".
Location: Blomfield Road, Maida Vale

During the intelligence footage, the narrator tells that this particular scene was taken in Vienna. In fact it was shot at a location in North London called Maida Vale, on a canal bank. The name of the roads are Blomfield Road and Maida Avenue, which run along both banks of the canal. »House Martin« is standing on Blomfield Road. The park bench in the frame is still visible at the location. Vienna contains a lot of enclosed rivers, made famous by Harry Lime in the film The Third Man, and I think this is why this section of road and canal was chosen to represent Vienna.

Blomfield Road, Maida Vale

 

Blomfield Road, Maida Vale

 

Blomfield Road, Maida Vale

Blomfield Road, Maida Vale

 

Blomfield Road, Maida Vale

 

Blomfield Road, Maida Vale
Blomfield Road, Maida Vale. The canal runs between the two roads.

 

Blomfield Road, Maida Vale
Blomfield Road, Maida Vale

Blomfield Road, Maida Vale
Blomfield Road, Maida Vale

Blomfield Road, Maida Vale
Blomfield Road, Maida Vale

 

Scene: 00:24:37 - Harry Palmer visits Scotland Yard Police Station
Location: Great Scotland Yard, London

Harry Palmer is meant to be visiting his contact at Scotland Yard police station. In fact, Scotland Yard Police station is next door, toward Whitehall Street. The building which Harry enters is the stables of the Metropolitan Police. The building was probably a coaching inn, with accomodation on the upper floors and stabling on the ground floor. It was gifted to the Metropolitan Police perhaps a hundred years ago and is still in use today as stables for the police horses.

Michael Caine turns right from Whitehall Street into Scotland Yard

Looking north up Whitehall Street toward Trafalgar Square. Great Scotland Yard is the right turn visible to the right of frame

Whitehall Street facing Trafalgar Square with Great Scotland Yard on the right

 

Whitehall Street, Looking north to Trafaglar Square
Whitehall Street Wikipedia - looking north to Trafalgar Square Wikipedia - . Great Scotland Yard Wikipedia - is to the right.

Whitehall Street, Looking north to Trafaglar Square
Whitehall Street looking north. Nelson's Column Wikipedia - and the National Gallery Wikipedia - are visible in Trafalgar Square. Austin Powers in Goldmember drives his E-type Jaguar down Whitehall Street during some back projection.

Whitehall Street

 

London: Scotland Yard
London: The old Scotland Yard police station is frame left, with the stables frame right. Whitehall Street is in the far left distance. Turn right at the end for Trafalgar Square.

Great Scotland Yard

Michael Caine parks his Ford in front of Scotland Yard police station

 

Old Scotland Yard

 

Michael Caine enters Scotland Yard passing in front of the Civil Service Club

Old Scotland Yard

Great Scotland Yard

 

Michael Caine runs across Great Scotland Yard

 

Michael Caine enters Scotland Yard
Entrance to the Metropolitan Police stables, not Scotland Yard.

Harry Palmer enters the stables of the Metropolitan Police, Great Scotland Yard

 

Great Scotland Yard and Whitehall Street

 

AA 1950 map, Trafalgar Square

 

 

Scene: 00:26:47 - Harry Palmer finds Bluejay's Bentley
Location: South Steps, Royal Albert Hall Wikipedia - Royal Albert Hall, London.

 

The Royal Albert Hall Wikipedia - Royal Albert Hall is perhaps the most important auditorium in London for the hosting of musical events. Every summer it hosts the Promenade Concerts Wikipedia - The Promenade Concerts for two months. It also hosts important contemporary artists and many big names have played there. The première of Skyfall (2012) was held here in October of 2012. Most movie premiéres are held at the Odeon Cinema in Leicester Square but both the cinema and the square would have been far too small to host such as huge event as the premiere of Skyfall (2012). Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) has a scene shot on the north side of the Royal Albert Hall.

Bentley at the Albert Hall South Porch

Albert Court is visible behind the Bentley.

Royal Albert Hall South Porch and Albert Court
Albert Court on the east side of the South Steps

Royal Albert Hall South Steps and Albert Court
Albert Court on the east side of the South Steps

 

Harry Palmer parks at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal College of Organists in the background

Royal College of Organists, right of frame.

Royal Albert Hall Door 12  and Imperial College Halls
Royal Albert Hall South Steps looking at Imperial College Halls on Kensington Gore.

 

Albert Hall South Steps

Albert Hall South Steps

Royal College of Music, frame center and right.

The excavation of the South Steps at the Royal Albert Hall, during 2003
The excavation of the South Steps at the Royal Albert Hall, during 2003. You can see the original, much shorter, porch still in the same condition it was in for the filming of The Ipcress File.

 

The excavations under the South Steps at the Royal Albert Hall, 2003
The excavations at the South Steps at the Royal Albert Hall, 2003.

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The Royal College of Music reflected in the window of Harry Palmer's Ford
The reflection of the Royal College of Music

 

Prince Consort Road, Royal College of Music , Imperial College
The Royal College of Music on Prince Consort Road.

 

Albert Hall South Steps, Imperial College, Prince Consort Road
The roof of Imperial College Halls of Residence.

Bentley parked at the Albert Hall South Porch
The Royal College of Music on Prince Consort Road.

 

Prince Consort Road, Albert Hall South Steps
Right to left: The Royal Albert Hall, South Porch; the West Porch door nine; Just visible beyond the limit of the West Porch is a sliver of the corner of the Royal College of Art Wikipedia - Royal College of Art, in darker brick; further left again is Imperial College Halls of Residence, with the white bands of stone in its upper half..

Royal Albert Hall, South Steps

Scene: Harry Palmer follows Housemartin to the entrance of the Royal School of Mines.
Location: Entrance to the Royal School of Mines Wikipedia - Royal School of Mines, Prince Consort Road.

Prince Consort Road, Royal School of Mines

 

Royal School of Mines

Prince Consort Road, Royal School of Mines
The Royal School of Mines on Prince Consort Road

 

Scene: 00:28:07 - Harry tracks Housemartin to Bluejay in the library
Location: Library of the Science Museum, the Imperial Institute (demolished).

The original building was the Imperial Institute, of which only the Queens Tower remains. The tower is visible from the South Steps over the roof of the Royal College of Music. A new library was built in the Sixties in the original location.

 

Royal School of Mines, Pince Consort Road

Royal School of Mines, Pince Consort Road

Royal School of Mines, Pince Consort Road

Royal School of Mines, Pince Consort Road

Royal School of Mines, Pince Consort Road

Royal School of Mines, Pince Consort Road

Royal School of Mines, Pince Consort Road

Royal School of Mines, Pince Consort Road

Royal School of Mines, Pince Consort Road

Royal School of Mines, Pince Consort Road

Royal School of Mines, Pince Consort Road

Royal School of Mines, Pince Consort Road

Royal School of Mines, Pince Consort Road

Royal School of Mines, Pince Consort Road

Royal School of Mines, Pince Consort Road

Royal School of Mines, Pince Consort Road

 

Imperial Institute
The Imperial Institute, with the construction of the Science Museum in the foreground, from Exhibition Road. The Queens Tower is uppermost.

 

Plan of Imperial College in relation to the Royal Albert Hall

 

 

The replacement for the library of the Science Museum
The new library, looking north-west.

The library of the Science Museum
From the interior of the new libary, looking south.

 

Scene: 00:31:10 - Harry Palmer calls the telephone number Bluejay has given to him from a telephone box
Location: Prince Consort Road

Prince Consort Road
Prince Consort Road, looking toward Exhibition Road.

 

Prince Consort Road, approaching the South Steps of the Royal Albert Hall

 

Albert Hall South Steps, Albert Court
South Steps of the Royal Albert Hall looking toward Albert Court.

Royal Albert Hall South Steps

 

Prince Consort Road
The Aeronautical Engineering Building at Imperial College

 

Prince Consort Road

 

The South Steps from Pince Consort Road
The South Steps from Prince Consort Road. The telephone box would have been on the corner closest to the camera. There was no telephone box here in real life.

Royal Albert Hall South Steps in Edwardian Times
The Royal Albert Hall South Steps in Edwardian times.

 

Royal Albert Hall South Steps, Albert Court

 

Royal Albert Hall, South Steps, Door 12, Royal College of Music

 

Royal Albert Hall door ten

The position of the Bentley during Harry Palmer's surveillance

 

 

Royal Albert Hall, South Steps
The South Steps of the Royal Albert Hall and Prince Consort Road.

Royal Albert Hall and Prince Consort Road

Royal Albert Hall South Porch
The Royal Albert Hall, South Steps, with the Royal College of Music far right of frame.

Scene: 00:34:12 - Harry returns to his apartment
Location: Stanlake Villas 9, Shepherds Bush, West London.

 

Stanlake Villas, Shepherds Bush

 

Stanlake Villas 9, Shepherds Bush
Stanlake Villas, 9 in Shepherds Bush, London.

 

Stanlake Villas 9, Shepherds Bush, London, England
Stanlake Villas 9, Shepherd's Bush Wikipedia - , London. This frontage is used for the house of Harry Palmer.

Shepherd's Bush Stanlake Villas
Stanlake Villas 9 is far right of frame.

Scene: 00:32:52 - Major Dalby debriefs
Location: 28-30 Grosvenor Gardens

Scene: 00:34:12 - Harry returns home
Location: Stanlake Villas 9, Shepherd's Bush

 

Scene: 00:34:37 - Harry finds someone at his apartment
Location: 28-30 Grosvenor Gardens

Scene: 00:34:25 - Within Harry's apartment
Location: Grosvenor Gardens upper floor rear (south), looking south toward the tower of 166 Buckingham Palace Road on the railway tracks from Victoria Station. It was this tower which allowed the cracking of the location of the three interior scenes. I recongized it immediatly but it was several years before I followed up on that. Once I drew a circle around the tower in order to start my search, I realized that the circle must go through Grosvenor Gardens. The process was a lot more difficult and prolonged than it sounds here.

 

28-30 Grosvenor Gardens, overlooking 166 Buckingham Palace Road
Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, London

 

Golden Arrow at Victoria Station in London 1946
A Merchant Navy Class Locomotive storms out of London's Victoria Station for Dover circa late 1950s. The tower at 166 Buckingham Palace Road is visible in the background.

 

Fenestration at 9 Stanlake Villas, Shepheards Bush
The windows on the outside of Stanlake Villas compared to the windows on the inside of "Harry's bedroom".

Grosvenor Gardens Mews North

Grosvenor Gardens Mews
The three scenes using windows at 28-30 Grosvenor Gardens

 

28-30 Grosvenor Gardens and Grosvenor Gardens Mews North
28-30 Grosvenor Gardens and Grosvenor Gardens Mews North

Scene: 00:39:35 - Harry has a telephone conversation with his contact at Scotland Yard
Location: 28-30 Grosvenor Gardens, upper rear room overlooking Grosvenor Gardens Mews North.

 

Grosvenor Garden Mews North from 28-30 Grosvenor Gardens

 

Scene: 00:39:55 - Harry Palmer collects codename Housemartin in a police station.
Location: Askew Road Police Station, Shepherds Bush (demolished).

The building which replaced it was built in the 1970s and it is likely that the police station was in disuse at the time of filming.

Askew Road Police Station, Shepherds Bush

 

Askew Road Police Station
Askew Road Police Station

Askew Road, Shepherds Bush

 

Askew Road and Haydn Park Road, Shepherds Bush, west London, UK
Askew Road, junction with Haydn Park Road. The two frames from the motion picture show sections of roof which are visible in the terrace of houses opposite where the police station used to be.

Askew Road police station
The new building constructed on the plot of Askew Road police station. Center frame is where Michael Caine's car halts.

Askew Road police station


Askew Road looking west
The view across the road from the police station.


Scene: 00:41:57 - Harry Palmer mounts a raid on Sandersons' warehouse.
Location: Old Oak Lane Railyard, off Stephenson Street, north west London. Demolished in order to construct a container freight depot some time before 1980. Disused rolling stock is visible in various frames and the soundtrack carries both a locomotive whistle and a two-tone diesel air-horn.

Stephenson Street, NW10, London, England

 

Old Oak Lane Railyard and Stephenson Street

 

Old Oak Lane Railyard and Stephenson Street

 

Acton Lane Power Station

 

Old Oak Lane Railyard off Stephenson Street NW10

 

Sandersons' Wharehouse Old Oak Lane, Railyard

 

Old Oak Lane Railyard, Geographers A-Z c.1937
Old Oak Lane Railyard - Geographers A-Z c1937

Old Oak Lane Railyard - Geographers A-Z c1937
Old Oak Lane Railyard - Geographers A-Z c1937

 

Ipcress File - East India Dock
The road next to the sidings.

The frame to the left is the frame shot out of the rear window of Harry Palmer's automobile, showing the arrival of the police. The larger frame to the left was shot out of the front windshield of Palmer's CO's MGB, as he arrives minutes later in the film. It shows the view up the street, in the opposite direction, to where Palmer's automobile would have been parked. In the screen below. You can see that in the time between the two shots that day, a VW Beetle has parked where Palmer's automobile would have been for the first shot and a white van is now parked in the place where the police car slewed to a halt only a minute earlier.

Ipcress File - East India Dock
The arrow indicates the position of the white van. Probably belonging to the crew of the Second Unit.

 

Ipcress File - The Power Station

Old Oak Lane Railyard, Stephenson Street
Old Oak Lane Railyard. The old wharehouse was to the right of camera behind the left-most bus. Stephenson Street is just to the right of the photographer.

Old Oak Lane Railyard, Stephenson Street
Stephenson Street looking south, from the direction in which the police cars arrive. Harry's car was parked on the left, mid-frame.

Old Oak Lane Railyard, Stephenson Street
Stephenson Street looking north, from the direction which Dalby's MGB approached. The actual gates would have been mid-frame about six automobile lengths down.

 

 

 


Scene: 00:47:05 - Harry Palmer listens to the tape being replayed.
Location: Grosvenor Gardens

 

Scene: 00:48:06 - Harry Palmer is visited by his old CO, Colonel Ross while shopping in a supermarket
Location: Opposite number 14, the Broadway, Wimbledon, west London.

 

S.J. Pierce and Son, 14 The Broadway, Wimbledon

 

14 The Broadway, Wimbledon

 

The Broadway, Wimbledon
Harry Palmer uses a Minox camera. Minox cameras were famous for being used by spys.

Some public information posters in West Berlin even showed a photograph of a Minox and warned the public to watch out for their use. Much technological effort was expended by both sides in the construction of concealable cameras, which looked like packets of cigarettes and similar every day objects. These were in constant use until digital cameras of sufficient quality were available in the mid Nineties. Spy cameras from the GDR became available on www.ebay.com after the fall of the Berlin Wall providing an unprecedented gold rush for historians, camera experts and sleuths.

Wimbledon Broadway
The view from the supermarket across the road to the shop which formerly housed S.J. Pierce & Son, which now houses the shop "Office".

Wimbledon Broadway
Where the supermarket would have stood.

 

 

 

Scene: 00:52:48
Location: Grosvenor Gardens

 

Scene: 00:53:56 - Major Dalby and Harry Palmer meet Bluejay at a concert to arrange terms.
Location: Kennington Park, Kennington, London


Kennington Park

Kennington Park

 

Kennington Park
Kennington Park, looking toward the red brick apartment block on the Kennington Park Road

 

Kennington Park

 

Kennington Park

Kennington Park

 

Kennington Park , the bandstand
The bandstand was far left of frame, directly north from the camera tripod. As you look across the photograph to the right you look firstly east then at half way, directly south and then finally north-north-west. Almost three hundred and sixty degrees.

Scene: 00:57:00 -The hostage handover in the underground parking lot
Location: Row C of Marble Arch Wikipedia - Marble Arch underground parking lot at Park Lane. Top right hand north east corner of Hyde Park. Row C is the third row from the eastern boundary of the parking lot.

Directions: On foot: Take London Underground to Marble Arch station. As you exit the ticket barrier, remain below ground in the ticket hall. The direction is to your left, down a tunnel. Quite some distance. Best to stop and ask directions within the station. There is a map of the tunnels on the wall and it is repeated within the tunnels.

Marble Arch Underground Parking Lot has been re-modeled in the last two decades which makes it difficult to get an exact match with the location used in the movie.

The entrance is through the network of underground tunnels leading from under Marble Arch. There is also an entrance into the tunnel directly from the topmost corner of Hyde Park. The vehicular entrance is from further down Park Lane, and starts with a large cutting which descends from Park Lane and runs parallel to it. You can walk down this cutting and into the parking lot. Update as of 2012: The tunnels from the London Underground station to the parking lot seem to have been sealed off. You now have to make your way to the surface and cross the road, under the Marble Arch itself, then cross another road and into Hyde Park, whereupon you seek the underground entrance of the parking lot.

 

Park Lane underground parking lot

 

Marble Arch underground parking lot, Park Lane, Marble Arch
In the above satellite image, the position of the underground parking area and the position of the location within it. Harry Palmer shoots the CIA man between the location used for the handover and the west wall of the parking lot.

 

Marble Arch Underground Parking Lot, south end

 

Park Lane Underground Parking Lot, Marble Arch, London
In the above photograph, Park Lane Underground Parking Lot at Marble Arch, looking directly south, toward the location. Park Lane runs south down the left hand side of this wall, at street level above. The ticket office is behind the camera and further North through the tunnels is Marble Arch subway station.

Park Lane Undergroud Parking Lot, Marble Arch, London
Looking north from almost the southern edge of the underground parking lot. The action took place immediately in front of camera, with the CIA man being shot away to the north west.

 


Scene: 01:01:39
Location: Grosvenor Gardens


Scene: 01:02:18 - Harry collects an eminent scientist
Location: Victoria and Albert Museum Wikipedia - Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Gardens Entrance.

 

Harry Palmer exits the Victoria and Albert Museum, at Thurloe Place, looking toward Thurloe Square

 

Victoria and Albert Museum, Thurloe Place, looking toward Brompton Road

Victoria and Albert Museum, Thurloe Place, looking toward Cromwell Road
Victoria and Albert Museum, Thurloe Place, looking toward Cromwell Road

Entrance to the Victoria and Albert Museum
Entrance to the Victoria and Albert Museum. Palmer's car is followed by a mysterious red VW Combi which appears again at Marylebone Station. It is almost exactly the same as the mysterious red VW Combi which trails James Bond throughout Istanbul in From Russia with Love (1963) except that this Combi has solid rear panels in its rear quarter and not glass.

Cromwell Road, the Victoria and Albert Museum , Cromwell Gardens
Looking east, toward Brompton

Cromwell Road, the Victoria and Albert Museum , Cromwell Gardens
Looking west, toward the Natural History Museum (out of shot). In Episode 2-12 of The Saint (1962-1969) , The Rough Diamonds , the Saint's Volvo is involved in a chase which drives up this section of Cromwell Road, just outside the Natural History Museum.

Cromwell Road, the Victoria and Albert Museum , Cromwell Gardens

 

 

Scene: 01:02:58 - Harry Palmer collects an eminent scientist from his apartments
Location: Atheneum Court, Piccadilly Street

Atheneum Court, Piccadilly: Harry Palmer Collects

 

 

Scene: 01:03:18 - At the lecture theater
Location: Presently, the Wolfson Education Centre, Imperial College at Hammersmith Hospital, Du Cane Road, formerly, the
Stamp Theatre at the Royal Postgraduate Medical Centre.

The lecture theater

The 1960s building with the steel frame windows which you can see outside the corridor is the Cyclotron building.

The lecture theater

 

 

Scene: 01:06:11 - Colonel Ross and Major Dalby meet
Location: St James's Park, Mall entrance.

St James's Park

 

St James's Park, The Mall

 

St James's Park, The Mall, looking north

 

St James's Park

St James's Park

 

St James's Park

 

St James's Park, Birdcage Walk.

 

St James's Park, The Mall, Birdcage Walk

 

From the film The Magic Christian (1969) Wikipedia - The Magic Christian (1969)

The same bridge is used. I strongly recommend you do not seeThe Magic Christian (1969) as it is a very bad film. If you must see if out of curiosity, then do not pay money to do so.

The Magic Christian St James's Park
The Magic Christian (1969) Wikipedia - The Magic Christian (1969)

 

The Magic Christian St James's Park
The Magic Christian (1969) Wikipedia - The Magic Christian (1969)

Scene: 01:08:22 - Harry Palmer meets Bluejay to ask for the return of their money.
Location: South Porch, Royal Albert Hall, London (now extended).

 

Harry meets Bluejay in the place where Bluejay usually parks his Bentley. The director then shows us a shot of the CIA agent standing next to the lampost on the corner of Albert Court closest to the stage door. However, the next show of the CIA agent, where the camera looks over his shoulder is taken from the opposite side of the South Porch, in front of the large square brick chimney which used to house the steam engine which powered the Albert Hall's organ. The CIA agent is clearly an Olympic sprinter because he has run all the way round the Albert Hall to appear in this place, and is still gently puffing on his pipe.

Albert Court, Royal Albert Hall, South Steps

 

Royal Albert Hall Door 12
East side of the South Porch door 12

 

Albert Court and Albert Hall Mansions

Royal Albert Hall Stage Door, Albert Court and Kensington Gore
Kensington Gore outside the Royal Albert Hall Stage Door looking toward Albert Court (right) and Albert Hall Mansions (left). The South Steps and the Royal College of Music are just visible far right of frame

Royal Albert Hall South Porch
West side of the South Porch as it is today.

Royal Albert Hall, South Steps, South Porch
Royal Albert Hall South Steps, showing the position of Bluejay's Bentley and the two positions of the CIA agent.

 

South Porch of the Royal Albert Hall from in front of the Royal College of Organists
South Porch of the Royal Albert Hall.


Scene: 01:09:18
Location: Grosvenor Gardens

 

Scene: 01:10:17 - Jock is assassinated driving Harry's Ford Zephyr
Location: Junction of Upper Thames Street and Queen Street above Southwark Bridge, City of London.

 

Harry's Ford appears from under the bridge which carries the railroad tracks into Cannon Street Station, which is just to the north (left of frame). The River Thames is just a hundred yards to the south (frame right). Another Stalinist-Brutalist office block can be seen under construction above Cannon Street Station. Visible in the recent photographs is the office block over the railroad bridge itself which was constructed in the late Eighties. In the frames looking west you can see that in 1965 Upper Thames Street had yet to be widened. The north side of the street was later demolished to widen the road, which revealed the Wren church behind the row of buildings.

Upper Thames Street, Queen Street

 

Upper Thames Street, Queen Street

 

Upper Thames Street, Queen Street

Upper Thames Street, Queen Street

 

London Bridge and HMS Belfast in the Seventies
London Bridge and HMS Belfast during the 1970s. At that time the Monument Wikipedia - Monument to the Great Fire of London Wikipedia - Great Fire of London was visible from Upper Thames Street.

Lower Thames Street

 

 

Scene: 01:10:57
Location: Grosvenor Gardens

Scene: 01:12:54 - A dead CIA agent is planted in Harry's apartment
Location: Studio

Scene: 01:13:38 - Harry reads the Ipcress File
Location: Grosvenor Gardens


Scene: 01:14:12 - Harry Palmer meets Major Dalby at T108
Location: The Serpentine, Hyde Park

 

Scene: 01:15:03 - Harry Palmer meets with his CO at a Park Bench »T108«
Location: Hyde Park, North shore of the Serpentine lake.

T108 Park Bench, Hyde Park, London, England

The bench has been redecorated since that time. I imagine the T108 plaque was stolen shortly after the movie was released. The bench has been moved a few meters to the west.

If you stand with your back to the shore of the lake and looking up the slope of the hill as the ground rises away from you, you will see a large stand of trees and undergrowth, which should be position to your left. Coming down the slope toward you is a pathway. The pathway moves across your front to your right as it moves toward the lake. When it nears the road upon which you are standing, people walk off the pathway across the grass to the road, leaving a pathway worn into the grass. This is just visible behind the actors in one of the frames. The park bench T108 was just to the right of this pathway and is now to the left. (west). Much further to your left, to the east on this shore of the Serpentine Lake is where Tony Curtis and Roger Moore pull up in the Aston Martin DBS in the third episode of The Persuaders! (1971) entitled Take Seven on their way to meet a contact known as »The Farmer«.

Scene: The MGB of Palmer's CO arrives.
Location: 100m east of the location of T108 Park Bench

This scene uses at least three separate places on the road which borders the north shore of the Serpentine lake.

The lamppost before T108 Park Bench in Hyde Park, London

 

The MGB arrives at the Rendezvous
In the above frames, you can see the path of the arrival of the MGB. In the opening frames it halts before the position used to film the rendezvous. Harry appears to be wearing his iconic Mackintosh coat, with its Raglan sleeves and fly front.

The Serpentine North Shore, Hyde Park

 

MGB CPE 724 B
MGB license plate CPE 724 B

 

North Shore Serpentine Lake - Harry Palmer's CO's MGB comes to a halt
The bridge and dam over the end of the Serpentine lake visible behind the MGB.


The north shore of the Serpentine lake, showing the camera view of the bridge and dam at the end of the lake. The camera is looking South East toward Hyde Park Corner, the Wellington Arch and Green Park.

 

Scene: Harry Palmer walks out to meet the MGB
Location: T108 Park Bench

Serpentine Lake North Shore Hyde Park - Harry Palmer's CO's MGB arrives

T108 Park Bench, Hyde Park, London
The pathway from the end of the diagonal path. The gallops, which are bedded with coarse sand are under Sir Michael Caine's feet.

Hyde Park
In the above satellite image, the present position of T108.

Hyde Park

 

T108 Park Bench on the north shore of the Serpentine
In the above photograph, T108 in it present position can been seen behind the thin tree trunk in the center of the frame. The lake is out of frame to the right. The position used to film the MGB coming to a halt was a hundred meters further back down the road (east).

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The relative positions of T108 park bench and the location at which the MGB came to a halt.

T108 Park Bench in Hyde Park, London
T108 Park Bench showing its present position next to the end of the diagonal path. The original position of T108 was to the left of the diagonal path as we view it and would appear to the left of the large tree in our immediate foreground.

T108 present position versus original position

 

T108 Park Bench on the north shore of the Serpentine looking North East
T108 Park Bench in its present position, which is to the left of where it was located in the movie. In the movie it was located on the other side of the trash can. North shore of the Serpentine looking North East

T108 on the north shore of the Serpentine looking north west
T108 Park Bench showing its present position relative to the end of the diagonal path. You can see the substantial tree which Sir Michael walks past as he crosses from T108 to stand beside the MGB in front of T108 park bench.

MGB CPE 724 B

 

T108 Park Bench, Hyde Park, London

 

T108 Park Bench, Hyde Park, London

 

The Lampost East of T108 Park Bench, Hyde Park, London

 

Close up of Harry Palmer, Sir Michael Caine

 

Harry Palmer

 

Harry Palmer pokes his head through the window of the MGB

 

The Serpentine Lake visible in the background
In the above frame you can see the bridge over the dam at the end of the Serpentine. This is just to the south of the lakeside Café on the satellite image below.

Scene: The CO's MGB drives away.
Location: Approx forty meters West of T108.

The departing MGB and the second lamppost and park bench

 

The departing MGB

 

Harry Palmer's handler drives his MGB away from T108
In the above frames the MGB drives away from the rendezvous. The park bench visible is not T108, which is out of frame to the left. The MGB has driven away from a position further down the road (up the lake) from where it has been stopped to film the conversation with Palmer and his CO.

Location of MGB driving away from T108
The location of the MGB driving away from the the T108 Park Bench. T108 Park Bench is out of frame to the right. The location used in episode three of The Persuaders! (1971) entitled Take Seven is just out of sight beyond the bend in the road before the bridge over the lake.

The MBG of Harry Palmer's CO drives away toward a park building concealed by shrubs
The position of the MGB as it drives away from Harry Palmer along the shore of the Serpentine. The white building visible behind a shrub border still stands as do the two substantial trees.

 

 

Scene: 01:15:47 - Harry spends the night away from home
Location: Studio

 

Scene: 01:16:48 - Harry Palmer attempts to escape via the boat train.
Location: Victoria Station, platform 1 and 2, eastern side of Victoria Station concourse.

 

Victoria Station

 


Victoria Station - platform 1

Victoria Station - platform 1


Victoria Station, Platform 1,
Victoria Station platform 1 looking west across the other platforms.

Victoria Station, Platform 1

Victoria Station Platform 1

Victoria Station, Ecclestone Street

Victoria Street, Ecclestone Street

 

 


GENTLEMANS CLUB

Scene: 01:17:22 - Colonel Ross and Major Dalby meet at Colonel Ross's Club.
Location: The ballroom Link - The ballroom, Heatherden Hall, Heatherden Hall, Pinewood Studios.

The Ballroom, Heatherden Hall, Pinewood Studios

 

 

Library at a Gentlemans Club

Library at a Gentlemans Club

Library at a Gentlemans Club

Library at a Gentlemans Club

Library at a Gentlemans Club

Library at a Gentlemans Club

Library at a Gentlemans Club


Scene: 01:18:19
Location:

Scene: 01:19:03 - Harry in his cell
Location: Studio

Scene: 01:33:26 - Harry escapes from prison
Location: St Katherine's Dock North Gate, East Smithfield Street.

 

 

St Katherine's Dock North Gate, Ivory House
The Ivory House at St Katherine's Dock

 

St Katherine's Dock North Gate
The gates of St Katherine's Dock

 

St Katherine's Dock north gate

 

St Katherine's Dock north gate

 

 

One of the old dockyard gates

Some of the old dockyard gates survive and even short stretches of wall in some places. The docks at the Pool of London and all along the Thames were the largest in the world, pre-containerisation in 1960. All now silent.

One of the old Dockyard Gates

 

One of the old dockyard gates

 

One of the old dockyard gates

 

The Pool of London and St Katherine's Dock

 

St Katherine's Dock Gates

This is the inside face of the original gate at St Katherine's Dock. It is not there any longer but the gateposts remain. Some of the buildings are original, some were replaced with new buildings built in a similar manner.

St Katherine's Dock Gates

 

St Katherine's Dock - Interior Gate

 

St Katherine's Dock, interior date
The gate at is is today. Only the wall at the side of the gates remains.

 

St Katherine's Dock Gates

 

St Katherine's Dock Gates

St Katherine's Dock Gates

St Katherine's Dock, East Smithfield Road
East Smithfield Street outside the gates of St Katherine's dock. The telephone box would have been right of frame.

 

East Smithfield Road, St Katherine's Dock
St Katherine's Dock during demolition in the early Eighties

St Katherine's Dock 1976

Luftwaffe aerial photograph 1940 showing St Katherine's dock and Tower Bridge

St Katherine's Dock from a 1940 Luftwaffe aerial photograph
St Katherine's Dock in aerial photograph during wartime.

1963 Tower Bridge and St Katherine's Dock
St Katherine's Dock and Tower Bridge circa 1963

1894: The official opening of Tower Bridge in London, GB
Official opening of Tower Bridge 1894. The camera points to St Katherine's dock

Johnny English
St Katherine's Dock and Tower Bridge in 2003, in a frame from Johnny English (2003).

 

Scene: Harry realizes that he has escaped from somewhere still in London
Location: Footage of a London bus shot on Wood Lane, Shepherds Bush.

Wood Lane, Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush, London
Wood Lane southern end looking at Shepherds Bush Green.


Scene: 01:34:49 - Major Dalby and Bluejay receive an unnerving telephone call
Location: Studio

 

Scene: 01:35:39 - Harry has it out with Ross and Dalby
Location: Studio: Probably within St Katherine's Dock. The interior of Sandersons was whitewashed but these bricks match the buildings in St Katherine's dock.

 

Harry confronts Dalby and Ross
Harry confronts Dalby and Ross

 

The locations are complete with only the lecture theater remaining to be found.

 

THE PREMIÈRE: ODEON, LEICESTER SQUARE

 

 

Michael Caine at Cannes for the premiere of The Ipcress File

 

Michael Caine, his mother, and Sue Lloyd at the London premiere of The Ipcress File

 

Michael Caine at Cannes for the premiere of The Ipcress File
Michael Caine at Cannes in the same year.

 

Michael Caine was relatively unknown before The Ipcress File and cash was short. He had been living with his girlfriend Terry at an apartment in Victoria when they were both evicted due to lack of payment of rent. Michael had become friendly with composer John Barry Wikipedia - John Barry and bumped into him at the Lotus House restaurant, which was a showbusiness and music industry watering hole. Michael knew that John had a spare bedroom at his apartment in Chelsea and asked John if he could stay there for a few nights if he could not find a place to stay. That evening in the small hours the bell rang and John Barry found Michael on his doorstep. John Barry said that Michael stayed for quite some time and was in the habit of breaking the crockery, which he would repair by spitting on the broken end of the handle and putting it back together, so that when John picked up the teapot, the handle would fall off. The Ipcress File, for which John Barry had written the score, premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square and on the night John was taking Michael and his girlfriend out for the evening in his E-type Jaguar. Michael's girlfriend was squashed into the back and they drove around Leicester Square past the Odeon. There was uncertainty as to how The Ipcress File would be received by audiences which meant that the three of them had no idea what to expect. To their pleasure and surprise the queue to enter the cinema ran around the block and out of the square. With his fee from The Ipcress File Michael Caine bought a mews house at Marble Arch.

John Barry's inspiration for the music The Ipcress File was Anton Karas' Zither theme tune from The Third Man (1949). He knew a man called John Leech whose obsession was collecting obscure musical instruments. His house was full of them. One of them was a Cimbalom Wikipedia - Cimbalom which was the one John selected to play the Leitmotif in The Ipcress File. It's haunting sound gives the resonance to the lost, lonely feeling of The Ipcress File scenes.

Leicester Square in London, 1950
AA map of Leicester Square Wikipedia - Leicester Square in London, 1950. Traffic still circulated around the square and adjoining streets, which are now open only to pedestrians.

 

 

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From The Richard Burton Diaries by Chris Williams:

It was August of 1971 and the Burtons are back on their yacht Kalizma Link - MV Kalizma moored of Villfranche-sur-Mer.

1971-JUL Thursday 5th, Villefranche Have been back since Tuesday. [Monte] Carlo a nuisance as usual so nipped over here for a slice of quiet. Michael Caine on board from his rented yacht a veritable tub that bobs like a cork.56 He has a nice girl with him called Suzy Kendall who is married and presumably separated from her husband who is a comedian called Dudley Moore.57 Michael speaks in a shout which becomes a bit hard in a small room. He is very funny and very cockney most of his wit being a regular and repeated pattern of catch-phrases. Black as your hat, A turkish religion with a tip-up seat etc. All repeated at various times during the day. Spends his time going to discotheques and parties of which, down here, there are hundreds. Many good reports of XYZ from all kinds of sources so E might have a big one again. [...]

 

+ SEE ALSO

- Links - For use in London

- Bullet to Bejing (1995)

 

+ EXTERNAL LINKS

- Wikipedia - IMFDB - The Ipcress File Internet Movie Firearms Database, The Ipcress File (1965)

- Link - The Harry Palmer Website.

- Link - Movie Screen Shots Movie Screen Shots

- Link - Mister 8 Spy Blog Spot Mister 8 - Spy Blog on Harry Palmer

- Link - Deightondossier Blogspot http://deightondossier.blogspot.com/

- Link - LNER in film http://www.lner.info/ - The LNER in film

-Cinema Retro Wikipedia - Cinema Retro Link - Cinema Retro Magazine the journal of choice for motion pictures of the Sixties and Seventies. A Cinema Retro special edition on the Harry Palmer motion pictures will be published in the fall of 2013

 

 

 

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