The current TV adaptation of Len Deighton’s “SS-GB” has prompted me to embark on a Len Deighton reading binge. I’ve always had a liking for quality spy fiction a la Deighton or Le Carre. I’ve read and watched adaptations of quite a few of Deighton’s books but there are loads of gaps that I’m now filling.
As part of my recent birthday present to myself, I now have on my Kindle “The Harry Palmer Quartet”, the set of four early espionage novels featuring Deighton’s un-named spy who was turned into Harry Palmer in subsequent film adaptations.
Now I could have sworn I’d read “The Ipcress File” long ago but, having started it a couple of days ago, obviously I was mistaken as I’m sure I’d have remembered the depiction of such a deeply conservative-yet-rebellious, wisecracking, chip-shouldered, food-and-drink-loving character. Michael Caine’s film depiction barely brushes the surface of him, good though it is.
I’m completely certain I’ve read “Funeral In Berlin” before, as I had an old 2nd edition hardback copy until fairly recently when it was inexplicably lost. The movie version of that differs very much from the novel, but at least has the wonderful Oskar Homolka (sp?) playing the rascally Russian general.
Anyone else discovered they’d merely imagined reading something “back then” and been thrilled to prove themselves wrong?