The Ipcress File: Joe Cole versus Michael Caine in a thriller remake

Joe Cole as Harry Palmer in The Ipcress Files.

Joe Cole stars as Harry Palmer in the ITV spy thriller (Image: Altitude Television, ITV)

IpPress File viewers were won over by Joe Cole’s performance in the first episode, with many weighing him up against the famous role of Sir Michael Caine.

The ITV spy thriller premiered on Sunday night after British army sergeant Harry Palmer (Cole) was jailed in Berlin for shady dealings during the Cold War. However, as an alternative to serving his sentence, he is soon offered the opportunity to work for British Intelligence.

Cole stars alongside Bohemian Rhapsody actress Lucy Boynton and Pride & Prejudice actor Tom Hollander.

After the first episode, viewers shared their verdict on Peaky Blinders star Cole, who takes on the role that made Sir Michael famous in the 1965 film version, also based on the Len Deighton book.

One viewer tweeted: “Well I loved it so much that Joe Cole was cast so brilliantly as #HarryPalmer that he made the role his own, with a few nods to Michael Caine & Tom Hollander is brilliant as always and looks the part looks like @ITV gave it a healthy budget, it’s beautifully filmed. ‘

Another agreed with her feelings, adding: “Yes – I think there are a lot of positive things to take away from this first episode. While there are some embellishments and variances, it seems relatively faithful to the spirit of the original book. And Joe Cole is a good #harrypalmer.’

Joe Cole as Harry Palmer in The Ipcress Files.

The Ipcress file is based on the novel by Len Deighton (Image: Altitude Television, ITV)

Sir Michael Caine in The Ipcress File.

Sir Michael Caine starred in The Ipcress File in 1965 (Image: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

A viewer chimed in: “I watched #TheIpPressFile on ITV. As a huge fan of Michael Caine’s performance in the 1965 film, I was pleasantly surprised by Joe Cole’s take on the role…homage yes, but copycat no. The rest of the cast and new music is good too, but it’s up against Peaky Blinders!’

“Well, I love this. Joe Cole isn’t trying to be Michael Caine and I love that version of Harry too,” cheered another.

Many also loved that the series was shot at an angle in a nod to 1960s movie style, while others joked that it made them feel “drunk.”

The IpPress file continues next Sunday at 9pm on ITV.

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