Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Ipcress File (1965)

dir. Sidney J. Furie

Many thanks to the Mitteleuropa Website for identifying the more obscure locations from the film. Read more about these locations at Mitteleuropa Motion Picture Locations.

Scientist Radcliffe (Aubrey Richards) exits his residence – Athenaeum Court (now the Athenaeum Hotel), 116 Piccadilly, London W1

Radcliffe’s kidnapping – Marylebone Station, Melcombe Place at Great Central Street, London NW1.

Harry Palmer (Michael Caine) entering the stakeout house – 139 Hamilton Terrace, London NW8.

Palmer goes to see his boss, Colonel Ross (Guy Doleman) - Old Admiralty Building, 26 Whitehall Street, London SW1

A view of Trafalgar Square from Ross's office – the exterior is not shown but the office was located at the corner of Trafalgar Square and Whitehall, London SW1

Major Dalby’s (Nigel Green) office – 28-30 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1

Palmer goes to check on Grantby’s (Frank Gatliff) parking tickets – Great Scotland Yard, London SW1

Palmer spots Grantby's henchman 'Housemartin' (Oliver MacGreevy) and follows him down the steps of the Royal Albert Hall – Prince Consort Road, London SW7

Palmer follows 'Housemartin' to the Royal School of Mines, Prince Consort Road, London SW7

Palmer sees Grantby and ‘Housemartin’ leaving and a fight ensues - the steps leading to the Royal Albert Hall, Prince Consort Road, London SW7

Palmer’s apartment - 9 Stanlake Villas, London W12

The warehouse raid - Old Oak Lane Rail Yard, off Stephenson Street, London NW10. The area has since been redeveloped.

Palmer and Dalby meet Grantby to negotiate the scientist’s exchange - Kennington Park, Kennington Park Road, London SE11

The exchange - Marble Arch underground parking garage at Park Lane, the northeast corner of Hyde Park, London W1

Palmer accompanies the released scientist - Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7

Ross and Dalby discussing the case - St James's Park, Horse Guards Road, London SW1

Carswell’s (Gordon Jackson) death - Upper Thames Street at Queen Street Place, London EC4. The area has been redeveloped and is barely recognizable.

Palmer meets Dalby in the park – Serpentine Walk in Hyde Park, London W2

Palmer trying to flee to Paris - Victoria Station, Victoria Street, London, SW1

Palmer’s escape – St. Katharine Docks, E. Smithfield Street, London E1. The area has been redeveloped but the gateposts remain.

Palmer realizes he’s still in London - Wood Lane looking at Shepherds Bush Green, London W12.

See also...

The Black Windmill

The Bourne Identity


  1. As a Londoner I recognised so many of these locations some of which are virtually unchanged. It is interesting to note how much less crowded the streets were in terms of people and indeed traffic. The quality of life in the city has really taken a nosedive over time!

  2. I remember London as being very dirty in the late 60’s but busier. As kids we used to buy a red rover bus ticket and spend the whole day jumping on and off buses but never south of the river!! It’s so nice to look at the old locations though. Great work keep it up! Much appreciated