The Ipcress File. This is a spy movie that lands somewhere halfway between le Carre and Fleming. It’s relatively grounded, a movie of stakeouts and meet-ups conducted against a background of bureaucracy by drably workaday types. But while its mood is grounded, its plot isn’t, with kidnapped scientists and brainwashing providing the elaborate flights of fancy that would feel more at home with James Bond than George Smiley. The movie works great, though, balancing itself well and featuring a fantastic performance from Michael Caine as a wily, capable, but not superhuman counterintelligence man rooting out the threat. It’s a nicely done little spy thriller indeed.