“Some viewers will see the direction in which the plot is going before it gets there, but that is forgiven in a film that make getting there so enjoyable.
“This latter movie made me yawn my head off and I left before the end.
“ It is standard spy fare at best and the confusing plot irritates.
“ The story is quite complex so you do need to pay attention but it does ensure it remains quite compelling.
“ All the stodgy bureaucratic types get bum-rushed by Harry Palmer's rapier tongue.
“ Very enjoyable despite having a mediocre IMDb rating of only 6.8.By the way, if one of the characters ('Kreutzman' played by Günter Meisner) looks familiar, it's because a few years later he played Slugworth in "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory".
“ It is a very enjoyable movie, almost making you wish the cold war wasn't over.
“ Even more importantly, the witty screenplay by Evan Jones, is extremely well-served by Caine, whose droll, dead-pan delivery makes his constant sarcasm even more compelling.
“ Sure it's long and dreary and doesn't always make much sense and it's very set in its era, but it's still an entertaining piece, thanks in no small part to Michael Caine as Harry Palmer.
“All cold war spy films involve double-dealing and double-crossing, and are often hard to follow.
“ Where TIF was boring, in part due to its direction, FIB is interesting at every turn.
“ Like me you may well fall asleep before the end.
“The second predictable thing, hence mistake when preparing the outline of the script, was the Russian insisting on Kreutzmann to be the organizer of the phony escape.
“ My only complaint is that the plot is a bit confusing--keeping track of everyone and all the subplots isn't always easy.
“ The only film to come close in modern times is "The Good Shepard"The look of the movie is completely stunning and the soundtrack is perfectionOften the best work will come out when there is little or no expectation- Take Marvin Gayes "Whats going on" Album.
“ A smart, very exciting spy thriller...
“The film is a delight to watch, in the first place thanks to Michael Caine, who already played Harry Palmer a year before in The Ipcress File, a perhaps even more enjoyable film.
“ For anyone wanting explosions, car chases and all the other dreary staples of the 'spy thriller' - forget it.
“Aside from this nonsense, FIB is a charming little 60s flick, colourful, entertaining and fast-paced.
“ It's James Bond style all the way, yet much more historically plausible than merely wildly entertaining fiction.