Billion Dollar Brain

Synopsis: Harry Palmer has left the British Secret Service and become a private detective. One of his first assignments is to deliver an apparently innocent thermos flask to an old friend in Helsinki, Palmer is suspicious of the flask contents and begins to doubt the motives of his friend and those of his boss a Texan billionaire.
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Director(s): Ken Russell
Production: MGM
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min

Stay exactly where you are.

One move and I'll shoot you dead.

Alright. Now raise your hands

above your head slowly. Turn around.

Colonel Ross.

You're under arrest.

Palmer, I took the trouble of getting

a D-72 authorisation, an AF-410

and a search warrant

from the Metropolitan Police.

Is this what you were looking for?

Do you get all your equipment

from Kellogg's?

- What do you want, Colonel?

- I want you back in Ml5 now.

I'm touched.

I've managed to persuade Treasury

to upgrade your old job to C3.

Wow, 300 pounds a year extra.

Why don't you stop pretending

to be a detective and get a decent job?

What's the matter, Colonel,

your mortality rate gone up?

- Mr Harry Palmer?

- Yeah.

I'm not keeping you, am I Colonel?

Your business is dead, Palmer. You're

just about keeping alive on corn flakes.

- They're full of vitamins.

- Really?

I could draft you back

any time, but I'm asking.

You should be bloody grateful.

I'll be bloody grateful

if you'd leave, Colonel.

This is work of national importance.

If you want me back in that office,

you'll have to send two very big men

with a blackjack.

Thank you, Palmer.

Any time. Yes?

Is that Palmer,

private detective of London speaking?

Who wants him?

Is that Palmer, private detective

of London speaking? Confirm.


You have received a key and 200 pounds.


Who is this?

You have received a key

and 200 pounds. Confirm.


Mr Palmer, you will deliver

a package. Confirm.

Yes, but who is this, eh?

And how did you pick on me?

You will go

to West-London Air terminal tomorrow

and proceed through the departure lounge.

The key you have is for locker 17.

Inside the locker

you will find the package.

On delivery

you will collect a further 200 pounds.

Complete instructions and tickets

for your destination are enclosed.

Your code words will be:

"Now is the winter of our discontent".

Do not attempt to open the parcel.

It is securely sealed and it is alive.


for Finnair flight AY970 to Helsinki

who have already checked in

may now board the coach at gate 16.

- A pound to take me to Whiteley's.

- Right, get in.

- Can I help you, sir?

- Eggs?

- Where are you going now?

- Helsinki.

- 333-241.

- Yes?

- Doctor Kaarna, please.

- Kaarna speaking. Who is that?

"Now is the winter of our discontent. "

Meet me by the big wheel on the side

of Lake Tl in one hour's time.

- How will I know you?

- I will give you the password.


If I can find Lake Tl.

"Now is the winter of our discontent. "

- Where is Dr Kaarna?

- Dr Kaarna could not come.

- I'll take this.

- No.

What about my 200 pounds?

Dr Kaarna did not mention.

Perhaps you ought to

take me to your leader.

Do you think I tried to twice cross you?

- You mean double cross. I think yes.

- How exciting.

Do you want my fingerprints?

Listen dolly, where are we going?

My name is not Dolly. My name is Anya.

And I'm taking you to Dr Kaarna.

You like my island?

- Your island?

- My father owns it.

That must be nice for him.

He's a wonderful, wise old man.

With white hair.

He lives alone.

Deep in the forests of Lapland.

His one pleasure now

is listening to his symphony orchestra.

Playing the music of Sibelius

through the long winter.

One day when he dies,

this island will be mine.

- Do you like it?

- Very cosy.

- Shall we go and explore it?

- Would that be exciting?

- Would we find Dr Kaarna on your island?

- He lives there. But he can wait.

I will show you secret places

I used to go as a girl.

I will take you

through the paths of the forest.

I will teach you

everything I know about my island.

- Sounds nice.

- But you must promise never to tell.

I promise.


You must not tell him about...

He's very jealous.

- Where is he?

- In there.

I'll wait here

and you bring the money out.


Welcome to Finland.

- Leo Newbigen.

- Harry.

You don't know what it does to me,

seeing this guy. Sit down, Harry.

You know who you've brought to me?

The one guy I can call a friend.

- Now I've got everything.

- It's a bit warm in here for me, Leo.

Well, don't be shy. Take your clothes off.

Come on, don't be so British.

It's good for you. Come on.

Harry... What do you think?

Isn't she something?

Yeah, she's great.

How's the wife and kids, Leo?

Since you asked, they're fine.

They're home in Texas.

- Do they know about each other?

- Of course they do.

I guess it's kinda crazy.

I didn't think it could happen any more.

There I was on the wrong side of 45,

all set for the rocking chair and...

- Hello.

- Hello, beautiful.

Oh, come on!

I missed you this morning.

You know that, baby?

- You sentimental Yankee boy.

- Your Yankee Doodle Dandy, huh?

Woe, odo woe oembarrass you, arry?

No, no, no

- It's love. Remember it?

- It suits you, Leo.

You look great.

Better than the last time.

Yeah, in Prague. I haven't forgotten.

That guy saved my life.

Fished me out of the Moldau.

I had to. He had the car keys.

Must have a celebration.

What do you think?

Champagne? Brandy? Whisky? Vodka?

What would you like?

I wouldn't mind a cup of tea.

How beautiful! So beautiful

for the Englishman to have his tea.

Wait til you taste Anya's cooking!


To business.

200 pounds.

- Here.

- No! No.

How are you gonna have 'em, Leo?

Scrambled or fried?

Did you open it?

Harry, you're wasted in London.

How about we work together again?

- Okay Leo, what's the job?

- The usual. Only more money.

- What's the catch?

- No catch.

- Who gets killed?

- Nobody. I'll take care of you.

- No catch and nobody gets killed?

- That's right.

I'd still like to know more about it.

Like who I would be working for.

Come here.

Check in at the Marski Hotel.

Tomorrow I'll show you a thing or two.

- Is it a deal?

- It's a deal.

- 467-553.

- But Harry could stay with us.

This place isn't as nice

as the Marski, baby.

Harry's got to have the best.

Nothing but the best.

Tell me something, Leo.

Where's Dr Kaarna?

I am Dr Kaarna.

Marski Hotel? Could I have

a single room for the night, please?

Dr Kaarna, I presume.

Hello? Finnair?

Do you speak English, please?

What time is the next plane to London?

- I had to send for you, Palmer.

- I noticed.

- Well, you wanted it this way.

- Did I?

I have the feeling

you don't like working for me.

You could be right, sir.

Nothing personal, of course.

Of course.

What's this for then?

Come visiting your friends?

The Finnish police are looking

for the man who killed Dr Kaarna.

As you were in his room last night,

I thought you might be able to help them.

- Of all the dirty trick s, Ross...

- What is it to be?

I demand to see my MP.

If the police do get hold

of you, you'll be off the

voting list for some time.

For England and for you, Colonel Ross,

I volunteer.

First get those stolen eggs back to

our research laboratory at Porton.

They're full of rather nasty viruses.

I swear by almighty God

to serve entirely and exclusively,

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