Billion Dollar Brain

Billion Dollar Brain

Ken Russell (1967)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This third Harry Palmer picture has a story that smacks of substandard James Bond, as Michael Caine travels to Finland to infiltrate power-crazed Ed Begley's secret organisation and prevent him from taking over the world. Ken Russell was perhaps an unlikely choice as director, but his exuberance prevents the plot from lapsing into predictability and the climactic nod to Eisenstein's Alexander Nevsky is a bold one. Catherine Deneuve's sister Françoise Dorleac impresses in her last performance before she was killed in a car crash.


Former secret agent Harry Palmer comes out of retirement to take a mysterious canister to Finland, and ends up embroiled in an American megalomaniac's bid to take over the world. Espionage thriller, directed by Ken Russell and starring Michael Caine, Oscar Homolka and Karl Malden.

Cast & Crew

Harry Palmer Michael Caine
Col Stok Oscar Homolka
Leo Newbigin Karl Malden
Anya Francoise Dorleac
Gen Midwinter Ed Begley
Col Ross Guy Doleman
Dr Eiwort Vladek Sheybal
Basil Milo Sperber
Birkinshaw Mark Elwes
Director Ken Russell
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. LtdGuidance: Contains some violence.Available on: video and DVD