Dir: Sidney Furie
Starring: Michael Caine and Nigel Green
An intelligence man attempts to trace a missing scientist
Based on Len Deighton’s 1962 novel of the same name, this famous espionage film features an opening scene whereby the scientist disappears from a train leaving London. This scene was filmed at Marylebone station with a steam-hauled service departing. The rolling stock is made up of BR maroon-liveried Mk1’s, with SK vehicle No.25430 prominent, and although the loco is not completely identifiable due to the way in which it is edited, it looks to be an ex-LMS Class 5MT ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0. The film was the first of a trio of Harry Palmer spy features based on Len Deighton’s novels.