I remember reading somewhere that Hitchcock was keen to make an anti-James Bond film — one in which the viewer sees the mundane side of espionage (rather than the glamorous and STD risky lifestyles of Messers Connery and Moore). Also, “The Ipcress File” contains many camera shots from weird angles, including one from above a light bulb looking down — a shot that Hitchcock appears to have borrowed for “Topaz“:
English actress Violet Farebrother, who appeared in 3 of Hitchcock’s early films, died on this day in 1969.
Austrian actor Ludwig Donath died on this day 40 years ago.
Director Michael Powell, who started his career working with Hitchcock, was born on this day in 1905.