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Bullet to Beijing

  • Drama
  • 1995
  • George Mihalka
  • 100 mins
  • 15

Summary

After the end of the Cold War, retired British spy Harry Palmer is working with ex-KGB operatives to prevent North Korea developing biological weapons, when he is called on to undertake a mission to recover a deadly man-made virus, which has been stolen from a Russian agent and is being transported to China by train. Thriller sequel, with Michael Caine reprising his role from The Ipcress File alongside Jason Connery, Mia Sara, Michael Gambon and Sue Lloyd.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Thirty years after the film of Len Deighton's novel The Ipcress File, Michael Caine resurrects his British spy Harry Palmer, first pitched as an off-the-peg rival to the bespoke James Bond. In this very average effort, Palmer has retired from the British Secret Service and is in Russia, working with former KGB agents to prevent North Korea from using biological weapons. Michael Gambon plays a Russian magnate and there's the casting in-joke of Jason Connery as a Russian agent, while Sue Lloyd makes a welcome appearance, reprising her role of Jean from The Ipcress File. Caine and Connery made a second Palmer movie, Midnight in St Petersburg, back to back with this one. Sadly, neither film had much success.

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Credits

Cast

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Harry PalmerMichael Caine
Nikolai Jason Connery
Natasha Mia Sara
CraigMichael Sarrazin
AlexeiMichael Gambon
LouisJohn Dunn-Hill
Colonel GradskyLev Prygunov
Police inspectorGregory Hlady
YuriAnatoly Davidov
Kim SooBurt Kwouk
JeanSue Lloyd

Crew

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DirectorGeorge Mihalka

Details

Language
English
Guidance
Edited for language, violence and nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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